How to choose the right sliding mitre saw
A mitre saw is a circular saw that is fixed to a stationary base for accurate cuts. Mitre saws are mainly used for crosscuts both at 90° and angle cuts for crown mouldings, picture frames and many types of architrave and mouldings that are required to fit into corners and around door frames etc. The workpiece is stabilized by resting it against a backstop called a fence. While the most common angle is making complementary 45º angle cuts for right angle joints, a whole range of angles can be achieved by pivoting the blade arm horizontally. Many mitre saws are corded and must be plugged into an electrical outlet, but cordless mitre saws can run on a rechargeable battery. While mitre saws are most often used on wood, they can also be used on a wide variety of materials if you choose a blade designed for the specific material of the project, whether it’s metal, plastic, masonry, laminate flooring, and so on. Because of the types of projects, they are used for, mitre saws tend to be smaller and fairly portable compared to other stationary saws.
Did you know - why a sliding miter saw is better?
Without slide functionality, a mitre saw’s crosscut capacity is limited to slightly less than the saw blade’s diameter (because the arbor gets in the way). A sliding mitre saw increases the saw’s crosscut capacity up to 50% more than the saw blade’s diameter. This allows for a greater variety of cuts with a smaller less expensive blade and a more compact saw.
Features for convenience and safety
Additional features that add convenience and enhance the safe operation of a mitre saw can include a dust port to which a collection bag or vacuum can be attached to remove as much sawdust as possible while operating the saw. Every mitre saw should have a blade guard, but it should be one that still provides as much visibility of the cutline mark as possible, and this is something that can vary widely from brand to brand and model to model. Most mitre saws do not have any built-in features for holding a workpiece in place, which means placing one hand directly on the workpiece to hold it in place while the other hand maneuvers the saw. This is a dangerous arrangement for beginners. Look for brands and models that have a workpiece holding feature that automatically keeps your hands well out of the saw-blade range.
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“I grew up in the woods. I spent most of my youth hiding behind, climbing on, playing around trees. When I got back home at night, my hands were covered with sap, and that small is now forever stuck in my memories. Nowadays, I feel the same kind of emotion every time I start working on a log.”