Compound Miter Saws
If you're interested in a compound miter saw you probably already know about the main benefits. Not only can you do miter crosscuts in a variety of angles, but you can also perform tilted bevel cuts in one or both directions.
Having trouble choosing between two saws? Need some advice about what to look for? Here you'll find five tips to help you make a great choice when buying a compound miter saw!
- Bevel tilt
One of the first things you need to consider when buying compound miter saws is the blade. There are different sizes of blades that you can use. Some of the most common sizes include 8, 10, and 12 inches. Compound miter saws with larger diameter blades will be capable of making longer cuts.
The ability to tilt and make bevel cuts differentiates compound miter saws from basic miter saws. Some compound miter saws will only bevel in one direction, while other can bevel in both directions.
You may want to look for a design that will be able to tilt either left or right if you want the most versatile cuts possible. These compound miter saws can normally tilt up to 45 degrees.
You should also think about positive stops when buying compound miter saws. These stops will allow you to make accurate cuts at different degrees by locking the saw.
Compound miter saws can have different amounts of positive stops. You should at least look for a design that has stops at 0, 15, 30, and 45 degrees. These stops should go in both directions.
You will also need to look for compound miter saws that have blade guards. Some designs will also have guards that will retract on their own. While operating these compound miter saws, the guards will retract so that you can see the cutting line better. When you lift the tool up, the guards will lower and cover the blade.
One of the final things you need to look for when buying compound miter saws is a design that has electric brakes. With this design, the flow of electricity will reverse whenever you power the tool off. This will stop the blade quickly, usually within two or three seconds.
Blades used in compound miter saws that don’t have electric brakes can take more than ten seconds to stop rotating.
These are just a few tips about the basic things to look for in a compound miter saw. Armed with this knowledge, you should be able to make a better decision than before about which saw to get and what you might need in a compound miter saw.