Sliding Miter Saw
A sliding miter saw is very similar to a miter saw except that instead of just pulling the blade down, you can also pull it towards you. So the sliding miter saw can cut a much wider board than a non-sliding miter saw can. You will not have to flip the board and cut the other side as you would with the non-sliding. If you are continually cutting larger boards, you will enjoy the sliding miter saw.
The sliding miter saw can do all the same things that the non-sliding can do. The fact that it can slide does make it a little easier to work with.
Types of Cuts:-
A sliding miter saw can make all the same cuts that a non-sliding saw can. The only time that a sliding miter saw will struggle is with complex angles. Sometimes the extreme angles will be restricted when working with a sliding miter saw.
The blades for your sliding miter saw will have to match the blade size of the saw you have. You can get different blade types to match the material you are cutting.
Sliding Miter Safety
Sliding miter saws are not extremely dangerous, but they are more dangerous than a non-sliding miter saw. Anytime you add more moving parts, and a different way that a blade can travel, you are opening yourself up to potential injuries. There are safety features built into the sliding miter saw that would help, but this saw is designed for a person that has some experience with using a saw.
No question sliding miter saws are more expensive than non-sliding miter saws. The ability to cut further into a piece of wood and the fact that sliding miter saws are still considered portable brings their price up quite a bit. Most sliding miter saws will be more than $450.
Non – Sliding Miter Saw:-
The non-sliding miter saw is going to be your best friend if you have a large flooring or trim project in front of you. Non-sliding miter saws are capable of making cuts at a variety of angles. They are easy to set up, easy to move around, and extremely functional.
The primary function of a non-sliding miter saw is to cut wood on an angle or straight. The non-sliding miter saw does best with wood that is not very wide. If you try to cut a wide piece with a miter, saw you would have to cut part of it, flip it, and cut the other part. Since a non-sliding miter saw is just lifted up and down over a piece of material, you are limited as to the width of your cut.
Types of Cuts:-
Non-sliding miter saws to a great job of cutting crosscut, angle, bevel, and compound. If you have tricky angles to cut, the non-sliding saw does a great job of getting this done quickly and efficiently. Non-Sliding miter saws are easy to set, and you can keep the angles set to make work more efficient.
Your miter saw blade with match the size of your non-sliding miter saw. You can purchase different quality blades for cutting metal.
Non-Sliding Miter Safety
As with any saw, it is imperative to follow the proper safety protocol while operating. You should always be wearing safety glasses when working with a non-sliding miter saw. Overall a non-sliding is not a very dangerous saw as long as you are aware of the saw and the blade at all times. Always make sure your hands and fingers are out of the way when pulling the blade down for a cut. Many non-sliding miter saws will have automatic safety shut-offs and lights for better visibility as well.
Non-Sliding miter saws will vary considerably in price. The majority are priced around a few hundred dollars. The higher quality saws with more features will increase in price.