Miter Saw / November 1, 2018 / Albertina Davide.
The world of high-performance miter saws though offers craftsmen a kind of double-edged sword. Because the tools can perform so many applications because theyre built in many different sizes with different features focuses and benefits choosing the best miter saw for your life and work-load can be surprisingly difficult. Accordingly Ive put together the below information to help guide you (or compound slide you) in the right direction. Features and Considerations You: Ultimately the first point to consider is not necessarily on or about the miter saw at all. Instead your first thoughts should be about how you are going to use the tool.
To get technical for a very brief moment (and using the average 10-inch compound miter saw and the average 12-inch sliding compound miter saw (opposite ends of the spectrum to bookend your possible cutting capacities) 10 and 12-inch miter saws usually offer the following cutting capacities: Max Crosscut at 90-Degrees: 2-1/2-inches by 6-inches - through - 4-1/2-inches by 12-1/2-inches. Max Crosscut at 45-Degrees: 2-inches by 8-inches - through - 4-1/2-inches by 8-1/2-inches. Blade at 45-degrees: 2-inches by 6-inches cut - through - 3-inches by 12-inches. Max Standing Molding: 4-inches - through - 6-inches. Bevel: Bevel controls allow users to adjust the angle of the blade to make angled cuts along the thickness of a board.
Know what you need from your miter saw and go looking for one with those expectations in mind. Miter saws are one of the most widely used power tools in the tool industry today and for good reason; with sizes and styles to meet the needs of every degree of craftsmen a miter saw can be found in nearly every wood-shop or garage. Because these saws are so portable and offer capacities for endless accuracy and convenience a good miter saw will fast become your best friend whether you are a general contractor or a home hobbyist. To briefly review miter saw miter saw itself they are generally designed to produce fast accurate crosscuts into a workpiece typically for framing or molding applications. Additionally there are several types of miter saw available.
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.