1.Unlocking the Head
To unlock the head of a miter saw, you need to put some pressure on it and look for a lever, pin, or anything that looks like a moving part that’s designed to hold certain parts together. Most modern units have a knob or a pin that’s designed to block the mechanical ankle. It is usually positioned right behind the blade near the center point of the main base.
All you have to do is pull that pinout and the head should be unlocked. If you have a sliding model, there should be a lock on the slide that needs to be loosened to get the mechanism moving back and forth.
2.Unlocking the table/base
Once you’ve unlocked the head, the table should be the next element. Most modern units have a visible knob integrated into the base. Needless to say, its purpose is pretty clear – it allows you to move the base and find the angle you’re looking for. Furthermore, a lot of nowadays models come already marked with commonly used angles such as 45 and 90 degrees.
In simpler words, instead of using different ways of figuring out the right angle, all you have to do is align the rotating part of the base with the static one that contains pre-set angle positions.
3.Locking the Bevel
Not all models come with a moving bevel. Therefore, if you own a model that is not foreseen for tilting, this step isn’t too important for you. On the other hand, a vast majority of nowadays units feature a tilting bevel, so there’s a good chance you own one of those.
To adjust and fine-tune the tilt, you have to slide the integrated stop located somewhere near the base. Some models have drilled holes that are designed to stop the head from tilting further and are also pre-set to a certain angle.
In simpler words, some units have 45 and 90 degrees markings on the base so that you can adjust the machine without having to hassle with figuring out the right.
Tips and tricks:-
A lot of people choose to neglect the mandatory safety precautions and most of them consequently end up either hurting themselves or damaging the machine. As you can assume, both of these scenarios are quite unfavorable for an average user.
The most important thing you should remember is to wear safety equipment at all times. That includes goggles, ear protection, and gloves. Also, remember to plug the machine out every time you decide to adjust, even if it’s a minor one. Most people get hurt while making minor adjustments because they fail to recognize the potential risk of leaving the machine on.
While several safety mechanisms are designed to prevent a saw from accidentally turning on, you can never be completely sure and safe. The key is in lowering the potential risks instead of neglecting a potentially bad outcome.
Make sure your machine is always clean and residue-free. Some units have a vacuum attachment that comes in handy for these situations, but one must have an industrial vacuum to utilize the feature. Needless to say, a vast majority of beginners and enthusiasts don’t utilize the vacuum function.