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15 Things the Best Miter Saw Doesn’t Tell You

Determining what is the best miter saw for you depends how you want to use it. With prices ranging from about $200 to well over $1500, we can help you pick the perfect tool. The following 15 aspects also show how to use a miter saw. They will help you find the perfect miter saw for you.

1. Are you going to move the saw from site to site?

At the hardware store, pick up each miter saw and set it down on the floor. Then pick it up and put it back. Was it too heavy, or did you have to grip sharp edges to pick it up? Would walking with the saw kill your back? woodworking tips and techniques woodworking tips and tricks for beginners
Check to see if the saw head can be locked down while it’s being moved (or when it’s not being used in your shop). woodworking tips and techniques woodworking tips and tricks for beginners

2. Do you need smoother cuts or the ability to cut thick stock?

Miter saw sizes range from about 7 ½” to 14”. Most for regular use are either 10 or 12”.
10” blades typically rotate faster, and in many cases this results in a smoother cut. 12” blades can cut thicker stock, and manufacturers usually supply 12” saws with beefier motors.
The choice might depend on your other tools. If you have a table saw that uses 10” blades, a 10” miter saw might best so the two tools can use the same blades (but note the “rake” on the blade). woodworking tips and techniques woodworking tips and tricks for beginners

3. Is the extra cost and possible loss in accuracy of dual bevel cutting important to you?

Some sawing situations call for angle cuts on 2 dimensions. Crown moulding calls for cuts at an angle as well at a bevel. woodworking tips and techniques woodworking tips and tricks for beginners
Saws that can “lean” to bevel both right and left are called “dual bevel.” They eliminate the need to flip over a piece of moulding to cut the correct angles. woodworking tips and techniques woodworking tips and tricks for beginners
Some woodworkers think switching from left to right bevel throws off accuracy, but some better-manufactured saws have gauges to aid with precision. woodworking tips and techniques woodworking tips and tricks for beginners

4. How much cutting power do you need?

A higher amp motor will provide greater cutting power and will run cooler. Most miter saws with 10” blades or larger have 15-amp motors. woodworking tips and techniques woodworking tips and tricks for beginners
Not all motors are created equally, though. A 10-amp motor on a 10” blade saw could be better for you than a 15-amp motor. woodworking tips and techniques woodworking tips and tricks for beginners
Amperage rating should be considered in conjunction with rpm (similar to horsepower and torque in car engines). woodworking tips and techniques woodworking tips and tricks for beginners

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