Precision Woodworking – How to Choose the Best Miter Saw

By November 19, 2017Uncategorized

As a homeowner sometimes we have to make educated decisions about our purchases for some of the things we need to maintain our households. That includes buying tools like a miter saw. The best way to figure out which miter saw that you'd like to purchase is to consider your needs. Research what is available in the market by checking out the popular woodworking magazines that review power tools. Specialty magazines have more insight into what is important for the woodworker than a more general publication that reviews everything.

With your choices in mind here is a checklist of the things you should look for before choosing your miter saw:

  • Size – Miter saws come in 3 sizes. They are 8 inch, 10 inch, and 12 inch. That is the size of the saw blade. The 8 inch miter saw is not very handy because it is so small that you may not be able to cut much more than a 2 by 4 piece of lumber straight across. The 10 inch and 12 inch are more handy for the homeowner as they are able to cut across larger pieces of wood.
  • Features – Miter saws have a few features that should be considered. There are regular miter saws which only only cross a piece of wood. There is the compound miter saw which is able to cut an angle or bevel or an angle and bevel at the same time. There is the dual bevel miter saw which is able to cut a bevel on both left and right from perpendicular. The most versatile of all is the sliding miter saw. The saw typically slides on a rail that allows you to cut wider pieces than the regular miter saws.
  • Quality – Sometimes warranty can be a good indicator of quality. After all, if the warranty is a good one then the product should be too. Most tools will have a 1 year warranty but some might have 2 years. What I look at is how the tool is made. Is it robust? Is it made with quality materials? Is it made with stamped steel pieces or cast metal pieces? Is there a floor model that you can look at? Sometimes stores are lax in the maintenance of their floor models and they may show signs of abuse or poor quality in the construction of the tool. If you saw a tool that had a broken piece on it would you buy that model if it looks like it could happen to you after you bought it?
  • Specifications and Price – Finding the best miter saw for the best price can be the most rewarding. First, you should weigh all the factors before deciding which model of miter saw you'd like to buy. Is it big enough? Is it the right kind? Can it cut the sizes of wood at the angles you want? Some miter saws can cut sharper angles than others. Would that be a consideration for you? And what about price? Does it fit in your budget? Can you get away with a cheap model for the job that you are doing? Or do you want one that will be good for the jobs you'll be doing in the future? Can you wait for it to be on sale? Sometimes miter saws go on sale for deep discounts or will be packaged with miter saw stands. It's up to you balance your needs with how much you can afford.

Source by R. Gajsek

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