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How To Choose And Use Miter Saws

Posted on December 18, 2013

Don't Get Mad Get A Miter Cut

Many people are wary of using tools they don't understand but using the miter saw is easy to use once you understand the basics. Miter saws perform a large number of tasks and provide support for many projects which is why it is essential in the building process. For the do it yourself people out there who are ready to tackle any project this tool is invaluable.

Miter Saw 1

The miter saw enables you to cut on an angle so that you can create different trims and moldings, as well as several other miter joints. Creating a miter joint may seem difficult but it is actually very simple.

Simply measure the dimensions of the joint area then divide by two. That will give you the degrees where you need to make the cuts.

There are three different types of miter saws. The different types offer you a range of different options for projects. The first type and the most common type is the standard miter saw. It is the basic miter saw that can make a perpendicular cut through a board or other material at angles typically ranging from 45 degrees left to 45 degrees right. The blade uses an angle scale and the locking device keeps the blade correctly aligned.

The second type of miter saw is the compound miter saw which adds the ability to tilt the blade at a specified angle from vertical, to cut a compound angle. This is also referred to as "bevel" cut.

The best way to remember the difference is by thinking of compound as a two in one tool because it cuts in two angles. This saw allows you to move the blade and tilt it so you can do different kinds of cuts according to the project.

Miter Saw 2

The third type of saw is the sliding miter saw. This saw slides along a horizontal arm, similar to a radial arm saw so that it can accomplish a large number of tasks. This saw enables the user to cut a wider piece of material for bigger projects.

Most carpenters or contractors have a miter saw that they can use, but the general public does not.

Although, the equipment may be expensive the public can use it for a nominal rental price in order to avoid buying one. So the "do-it-yourselfer" is in luck because home depot and other home improvement stores rent out the miter saw for about forty-three dollars a day with a small seventy-five dollar deposit.

Renting the equipment enables anybody to get projects done without hiring someone to do the job for them. Learn the safety rules before you rent the product and take your time. Watch as many instructional videos as possible.

The miter saw is easy to use and provides a range of different capabilities that enable people to complete a variety of different projects. Simply place the material you want to be cut then set the degree at which the cut should be made.

The cut can be made but be careful with your hands and clothes so they don’t get caught in the blade. Make sure that the saw is placed somewhere that is easy to clean up afterward because the dust from the cuts will fly everywhere and could be hard to clean up.