Why the Miter Saw is Indispensable

Also known as a chop saw, this awesome piece of spinning danger is arguably one of the most useful tools in the workshop. For woodworkers and DIYers, you basically can’t do without it. For those who don’t know what a miter saw does or is, just think of it as a circular saw, mounted onto a base, where you can fully control its movement and angle of cut.

Every miter saw will have its limitations in terms of depth of cut and angle range, and may or may not also come with other perks, such as a sliding function, auxiliary light, or dust collector, to name a few. These stationary tools Hitachi Miter saw C8FB2contrast with free-hand tools, and it’s not difficult to see where their strengths lie.

Obviously, you won’t be able to use it to make long passes along your stock, but would use it mainly to slice or “chop” joints and ends to various angles. For those of you who have toiled at the mercy of a circular saw for these projects, I would seriously consider a miter saw. Not only is it easier and faster, but the cuts will be perfect!

This tool is especially useful when you have to cut the ends off of large quantities of wood at a given angle. Being a tool whose job it is to make precise, identical cuts every time, the miter saw is perfect for situations where repetitive cuts need to be made. An example I can think of is when installing tongue and groove boards. Large quantities often need to be cut down to length, as well as to specific angles at times.

I don’t think I’m the only one who finds it difficult, if not almost impossible, to get a miter cut looking like it’s supposed to with only free-hand tools. Once you have this tool at your disposal, various angle cuts from normal 90 degree end cuts to Hitachi Miter Saw C8FB2 Front45 degree window frames will be quick and painless. This is starting to sound like an advertisement now, but I’m not gonna lie, I’m a satisfied customer!

And if you dish out a little more, you can get one that has a slide function, which enables the blade to “slide” or move along a set distance. This will allow you to perform larger cuts from front to back, as opposed to being limited to whatever amount the saw blade can cut dropping straight down. Suffice it to say that this is a must for any precision miter joints and notching – unless you’ve got real skills!

Most come with the ability to set blade depth and angles, with rotational capability in both the vertical and horizontal axes. This makes for an extremely versatile tool, created to bring a whole new dimension to speed and accuracy in your woodworking. I personally use it for both miter joints and notching, and find it to be an absolutely indispensable tool!

There are of course, miter saws for various uses, ranging from standard wood to steel pipes, etc. What material a particular saw is meant to cut is usually apparent by Hitachi Miter Saw its blade-type. For the most part, unless you’re a plumber or scaffolder, you’d want to go for the standard wood-cutting miter saw. Be sure to check your guide fences to ensure they make a right angle to the saw blade and adjust if necessary!

Your cut will only be “perfect” if your saw is set accurately with all the fences, guides, and the blade itself aligned with precision. Most saws are made to be able to be adjusted to varying degrees, to fit any given situation. Make sure there are no wood chips and/or saw dust in between the stock and the fence, as that will cause the stock to be out of alignment. Wait for the saw to reach full speed and slowly push the blade through the stock.

– Happy woodworking!


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