Like most people who were once in the market for a Miter saw, I too felt overwhelmed by the plethora of products and guides out there telling me whats best. Often I came across big companies trying to sell their own product…and why wouldn’t they? But for those looking for an unbias look into Miter saws, this presents a frustrating prospect.
You’ll read many of the guides and reviews. And guess what? Every Miter Saw out there claims to be the best.
After a great deal of experience in the field (at work and home), I feel like I’ve touched a large enough number of miter saws and chop saws to know my way around, and this is why I’m creating this guide. In my own assessment, I will evaluate value vs. quality and performance of the Miter Saw, but nowhere will I ever mention a low quality cheap saw. Before buying a miter saw, you’ll want to determine what your needs are. One of my goals here is to stop you from spending more than you have to.
What is a Miter Saw used for?
To put simply, a miter saw is a tool that is used to make angled cuts, most often used by carpenters. They come in a couple variations; a power tool or a hand saw. The specific angle is set by the user as required, from 0 to 90 (perpendicular) degree’s. Miter saws not only make miter and bevel cuts, but they can make compound and crosscut cuts as well.
They are used widely by carpenters for cutting wood to very angular specific dimensions. Mostly, miter saws are used to make 90 degree, and 45 degree cuts, which sounds trivial but exact angles are necessary. You’ll see one of these in any woodworking shop, from professionals to do-it-yourselfers. There are a wide variety of miter saws that accomplish this task, which is why I am creating this guide to help you choose the one that is best for you. I hesitate and calling any miter saw the “best” miter saw, as one saw may be a fit for one person, and not for another. As we move one, we’ll tend to approach a “Best value” saw, which will be one of the saws that many professionals can agree upon.
What are some things I should keep in mind when choosing a Miter saw?
With so many options available, you’ll have a lot of narrowing down to do. Even so, you’ll be pleased to find that many miter saws can use a multitude of circular saw blades, giving you extended versatility. Kind of like putting some snow chains on your car to get you through the snow. You’ll learn a lot more within the next 5 minutes as we we read on! So hold on tight!
With the fundamentals down, lets explore some features that are often nice to have. Though not necessary, these are just a few things to make your work a little easier and more convenient.
A miter saw with laser guidance allows you to visualize exactly where the saw will cut even before you bring the saw blade down. We all know how it is, even after we check and double check our angles, we are still iffy about making that important cut. Although not a necessary requirement, a laser guide gives you confidence with each cut, which often speeds up the cutting process.
A nice safety feature to have is a blade guard. This prevents anyone from cutting or snagging themselves on the saw blade while the saw is not in use. Many underestimate the sharpness of saw blades when they are not in use. Anything from unloading the saw from a truck, to putting it back in its storage spot is risky, and I have seen more guys get stitches from turned-off tools than tools in motion. Safety is something easy to take for granted, and we seem to let our guard down with these saws aren’t spinning. If you trust yourself, that’s understandable…but if you have guys working for you, you should consider a blade guard at least for liability.