FAQ: best miter saw

No. You should only ever use the size that is designed for your saw. If you are using a 10 inch miter saw, you should never try to use a blade designed for a 12 inch miter saw.

Yes. BUT, you need to make sure you have the proper blade designed for cutting the type of material you plan to work with. Do not sure a general purpose wood cutting blade for metal and non-metal cuts!

When the cutting takes too much time or if the cutting edges have unusual kerfs, then it is time to change the blades.

The blades have to be selected as per the nature of the job. For example, you cannot use a soft wood cutter blade for hardwood cutting due to lack of satisfactory results and damaging the blade and motor. If you just plan to use the saw for general building projects on soft or average wood, you should do well with a stock blade. However, it’s best to get a more customized blade for any other more in depth projects.

Yes. Like any working tool or power tool, miter saws also required cleaning after every use. Removing the dust will help to give you better cuts and will also improve the longevity of your tool.

The best way to clean miter saw after every use is blow out the debris by using an air compressor blower or suck it away with a shop vac. Debris between the kerfs also needs to be cleaned by using hand brush or cleaning tools. You can also clean the fencing area, saw table and blade by using a clean Scotch Bright pad.

Miter saws are manufactured to be used without any oil servicing. The motor should never need to be oiled or exposed to liquids under any circumstances. However, it is good to use lubricant oil/pneumatic oil/turbine oil on the visible moving parts and hinges. Regular lubrication of these parts can increase the longevity of the tool, although it’s not completely necessary.

Yes. There is no harm in cleaning the blades and removing the debris attached to the teeth. You can use a wire brush blade cleaner for great results. After cleaning the blades, make sure to keep them in dry condition.

Make it a practice to check the power cords and make sure there are no loose connections. Also, check the kerfs, teeth position and motor brushes semi-regularly.

We cannot advise any particular frequency for checking, as it is based mostly on the type of miter saw you end up buying. Since these are power tools running on electricity and include lots of safety risks, it is advised to check every time before you start working on the day and to make sure all the vital sections are in working condition.

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