Miter Saw / November 30, 2018 / Tina Abrahamsson
Miter saws are one of the most popular most widely used power tools in the tool industry today. Because of their portability convenient capacities and overall accuracy a miter saw can be found in nearly every wood-shop garage or pickup truck. Miter saws are generally designed to produce fast accurate crosscuts into a workpiece typically for framing or molding applications. The workpiece is pressed up against an angled fence to ensure the most precise cutting angles as you work. The fence generally sits at a 900 angle but can be adjusted as needed for a particular cut. While most miter saws have a miter index that allows users to precisely modify their cut angle in one degree increments most also have capacities which allow for quick and accurate cut stops at common cut angles like 150 300 and 450.
How often will you use it? What will you need to cut? Where (shop garage job site) will you work with it? and etc. Having a plan and a budget before you begin looking seriously for your miter saw will help you make a better decision. Cutting Capacity: The most popular and most universal miter saws typically offer a 10-inch or 12-inch cutting capacity. Though you will find miter saws with capacities that are both larger and smaller than this I recommend most users stay within those parameters. Across the board a 12-inch sliding compound miter saw offers the greatest cutting capacity but it will also be a more expensive heavier tool. Choosing between a compound and a sliding compound miter saw then requires a few considerations.
The GCM12SD in its perfect completeness also offers best in class dust collection at 90% dust efficiency when cutting 2x material with a vacuum attached to its integrated standard dual-purpose dust port. The new axial-glide design also expands the miter saws cutting capacity to 14" horizontally 6.5" vertically against the fence (base) and 6.5" when cutting crown against the fence (45 degree spring) for the most optimal usability. Additionally the saws etched stainless steel easy-to-read miter scale aligns with 10 adjustable miter detents allowing you to cut unique angles with accurate detents over the saws 52° left to 60° right miter range. Furthermore two 33.9° bevel stops are conveniently integrated and the saws high-visibility scale enables front bevel angle adjustments from 0 - 47° left or right. Situated conveniently at the front of the saw its push-button miter detent override additionally offers fractional adjustments for the most precise cut-lines.