Choosing A Miter Saw: The Basics

No matter what your reason is for looking into a miter saw, there are several things you should take into consideration.

Taking this advice on board can help make sure that you get the miter saw best there is!

Before you head to the store to purchase your miter saw, here are some basic things you need to think about and know in order to choose the best miter saw…

Will you be cutting boards that are larger than 10 inches? If so you will need a miter saw that can handle that – either a 12-inch saw or a saw that allows the blade to slide.

Your miter saw needs to have a good blade guard. The blade guard will protect your body from harm while you are using the saw. It should cover the blade while it is in motion but it should also be able to be moved out of the way if you need to get a better look at the cut you are making or if it gets in the way of the cut. Be careful though, because the spinning blade is obviously very dangerous.

The best miter saws have a safety switch so that the saw can’t be accidentally started.

Another thing you need to take a look at is the fence support on the saw. The fence is a short wall on the base of the saw that will help to hold the material you are cutting. A fence that is optimally functional will be adjustable, allowing you to move it around to make the cuts you need.

If you need to make smooth cuts instead of rough cuts, you need to purchase a blade with more teeth. A good option is one that has between 60 and 100 teeth. This type of blade will provide winningly clean cuts.