Miter Saw / December 3, 2018 / Tina Abrahamsson.
With the exception of Bosch miter saws whose bevel controls are conveniently up-front most saws bevel controls are placed at the back of the saw. While this is typical and more-or-less intentional it has proved less ergonomic than up-front access. Extension Wings: To increase cutting capacities some saws are also built with slide-out extension wings to support larger boards. While in theory this is a great feature unless you invest in a more expensive tool these wings are often not all theyre cracked up to be. Conversely on a more high-quality saw theyre a definitely a convenient extra.
Most of these miter saws are portable with blade sizes ranging from eight to twelve inches. This saw works by pulling a circular saw blade down onto a work piece in a short controlled motion the work piece being held against a fence. This fence provides an accurate cutting angle between the blade and the longest work piece edge. In a standard position this angle is fixed at 90 degrees. The primary feature that distinguishes this saw from others is its miter index that allows the angle of the blade to be altered relative to the fence. Whereas most miter saws provide a facility to make a one degree incremental change to the miter index many also provide stops that allow the miter index to be properly set to common angles of repose like 15 degrees 30 degrees or 45 degrees. Some salient features of the sliding miter saws are as under: - A compound feature allows the angle of the cutting blade to be altered relative to the cutting plane. This also allows the saw to be used for bevel cutting.
Sliding compound miter saws also have a depth cut setting to cut dadoes into materials at a variety of depths - with all these perks however they also tend to be the most expensive. With so much variety within the miter saw community it can be difficult to discern which miter saw best suits your specific degree of need. It is true that professional builders generally require an entirely different saw than those craftsmen engaging only in simple home repairs. Ultimately despite this surplus of options there is a right miter saw for every craftsmen. Beginning for our contractors and Bravehearts with the most heavy-duty high-quality miter saws on the market today Makita Festool and Bosch each build machines capable of reinventing the miter saw as we know it.
Think about a picture frame: the end of each piece of stock is cut at a 45-degree angle but the cut is also made at a bevel from front to back so the matching face is hidden and the joint is neat. Determining What You Need Its important to consider the types of jobs youll be doing when choosing a miter saw. A larger blade can of course handle larger stock. I knew that for the most part I would be working on projects like crown molding picture frames and baseboard trim so a 10-inch blade would be large enough for my purposes. I researched a number of miter saws and ended up choosing the Makita LS1040. This model is very light for a mid-sized miter saw weighing only about 24 pounds. One reason the saw is so light is that the base and side rails are machined from aluminum which gives it light weight but also means that the saw will be durable. Because were remodeling the house we live in I knew that my wife would expect the tools to be taken back to the workshop behind our house after each work session. Thus the lightweight Makita really filled the bill.