Power miter saws are designed to make angled cuts for molding, trim work, rafters, and other general carpentry applications. The saws also make straight crosscuts and, when equipped with the right blade, the versatility of a miter saw is an important part of a tool arsenal for professional carpenters as well as DIYers.
This guide will teach you how to use a miter saw and offers miter saw tips and tricks for proper and safe operation.
The first step of learning how to use a miter saw is to understand the difference between a miter cut and a bevel cut.
A miter is an angled cut made across the face, or width, of aboard.
A bevel is an angled cut made through the thickness of aboard.
Any miter saw can cut a miter and a bevel, depending on how the board is placed onto the saw.
Compound miter saws can complete both types of angles with a single cut. This type of miter saw has an adjustment mechanism to swing the blade from left to right. Additionally, the blade can be tilted so that it cuts at an angle instead of straight down.
Some types of miter saws feature a sliding arm that allows the blade to extend, which gives you the ability to cut boards that are wider than the miter saw blade. A stationary arm limits a cut to the diameter of the blade.
FAQ ‘s :-
1. What can you do with a miter saw?
A miter saw can be used to cut straight and angular cuts across the surface and on the face of the work-piece. To be more precise, you can use a miter saw to do crosscuts, miter or angular cuts, bevel cuts and a combination of crosscut and bevel or miter and bevel cuts.
If you are interested to learn more, see the tips on how to use miter saw.
2. What is the difference between a chop saw and a miter saw?
You might have heard people often using these two terms interchangeably. However, they are different machine tools. The primary difference between a miter saw and chop saw is that a chop saw can only be used for crosscuts, ie straight cuts perpendicular to the length of the workpiece. On the other hand, a miter saw can cut 90-degree crosscut, cut along an angle and produce bevel cuts.
There are few other differences.
Chop saws are heavy duty machines that cut a wide variety of material.
Generally, abrasive parting-off wheels are used as cutting blade.
3. Do I need a mitre saw, if I already own a circular saw?
Circular saw is very versatile tool that can perform most type of straight cuts, but it is less accurate. A miter saw on the other hand is precision machine designed specifically for angular cutting. For more details please refer to circular saw vs miter saw page.
4. What is double bevel miter saw?
A double bevel compound miter saw can produce bevel cuts in both left and right direction in the same settings of the workpiece. That means you don’t have to move and flip your work to make a bevel cut in the other direction.
5. How much can a 10-inch miter saw cut?
The size of the stock you can cut depends upon the angle of cut. The typical 10-inch miter saw will cut the following size.
Crosscut at 90-degree angle: Up to 5.5 inches wide. or 2 x 6 lumber.
Miter cut at 45-degree angle: 2 x 4 lumber
Plywood: 10 miter saw can cut thickness until 1.25 inches deep.
6. Can you use a miter saw to cut metal?
The short answer is yes.
The longer answer is, it depends on the cutting blade and the hardness of the material to be cut. A high-speed steel (HSS) blade can cut softer metals like Aluminium, whereas ferrous metals will require carbide blades for efficient cutting.
Personally I recommend you to get a carbide tip miter blade to do all your metal cutting work. They last longer and cut better.