Miter Saw / November 19, 2018 / Pernilla Lund.
If you do find that you have to cut a piece that is larger than six inches and all you have is a 10 inch miter saw you do have a couple of options. The first is that you can simply cut as far as you can and then flip the piece over the finish the cut. The downside is that not all angles can be cut this way. The other issue is that lining up the cuts can be a problem although a laser on your saw will make things a lot easier. Another option that you may want to consider if you have a piece that is a little bit too big for your 10 inch miter saw is to use a piece of wood to raise the cutting deck. This will allow you to get closer to the middle of the blade which will give you more distance. Not all saws have the motor mounted high enough off the deck to make this possible so you will have to check if this is an option with your saw. If you do use this method make sure that you attach the wood firmly to the deck so that it does not slide around while you are cutting. The above methods for making cuts larger than six inches with a 10 inch miter saw are stop gaps that you can use if it is something that only happens occasionally.
The saws all metal bevel lock lever and range selector are also integrated perfectly into the front of the saw eliminating the need for users to crawl around the thing to make adjustments. The tools soft-grip trigger handle is also ergonomic and ambidextrous for the most comfortable use for every craftsman. The GCM12SD additionally boasts Boschs high-precision Squarelock fence famous for requiring no adjustments its one touch lock/unlock slide and its always stable fence support. Precision machining also ensures the two-piece fence is always aligned to the table top at exactly 90° to produce cuts accurate enough to predict the weather (so to speak). Each side of the miter saw also sports integrated expanding base extensions or material supports that pull-out and lock into position to provide 40 inches left-to-right material support - thats a full 60% more than the leading competitor.
The saw does not feature the "soft-start" feature found on some-saws so it does jump a little on startup. I simply have to wait a second or two until the blade has spun up to its full 4600-rpm speed and then make my cut. This gives me a little extra time to consider the cut Im about to make remembering the old adage of "measure twice and cut once. Another feature I really like on this saw is the electric brake on the blade. These brakes immediately slow the blade when you release the trigger. If a blade does not have an electric brake it can spin for 10 seconds or longer which can represent a real hazard to you or to the stock youre removing from the fence. My venerable old table saw (also a Makita) came with the electric brake feature and has made me a real believer in this safety device. Miter saw blades come in a variety of materials. Less expensive blades are usually made of steel and are fine for quick jobs using soft woods such as pine but they will dull quickly if youre using hard woods like oak.
A good saw stand will be sturdy portable easy to fold up and store and contain extension arms to support extra-long pieces of wood. Whether you are a business professional with a large work load or committed DIYer that is planning to tackle some home improvement projects a miter saw and saw stand will be an invaluable piece of equipment in your workshop. Choosing a saw and stand will be a decision that should not be taken lightly. Decide how often you will be using them what kind of projects and wood crafting you will be performing and where the saw and stand will be located. If you travel a good amount get a stand that is light weight folds up and features wheels for easy transportation. If the stand will be set up in a busy workshop look for one that is heavy duty sturdy and contains extension arms that will assist with large work pieces. Every carpenter and woodworker I know appreciates the chance to buy a new tool. In my case Id been looking for a reason to buy a compound miter saw for years. A few months ago my wife and I decided to undertake a major home remodeling project that required replacing a number of crown moldings as well as interior framing around windows.