Woodworking

Factors to Consider when Buying the Miter Saw

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If you have a workshop and you would love to do stuff relating to carpentry, then one of the critical assets that you should consider buying is the miter saw. The miter saws are designed to quickly cut the picture frames, window casings, door frames, and crown molding.

It can also be used to make straight cuts for various carpentry projects. Since there are many types of miter saws in the market, it is essential to be informed to make the right purchasing choices. This article looks at the various factors to consider when purchasing a miter saw.

Types available

different typesIt is important to note that there are three types of miter saws. That is the compound miter saw, dual-bevel compound miter saw, and sliding compound miter saw. The different types of miter saws are used in various assignments. The compound one is used to cut different angles and can also be tilted to the left when cutting a bevel.

The dual-bevel cuts both on the right and left side and also all the edges. It does this on a flat surface and does not need flipping of any kind. The sliding one has a feature which enables the saw to move back and forward during the cutting exercise.

Size of the lumber

When you are selecting the best miter saw, it is vital that you look at the size of the lumber that is to be cut. If you decide to choose a 10-inch miter saw then you should know that it will be used to cut through the boards that are not more than 10 inches wide.

The sliding miter saw or larger ones like the 12-inch can be used when cutting the larger boards. The 12-inch and sliding miter saws are large and are therefore heavier than the smaller ones. One of the challenges that many people face when handling it is that it is difficult to transport.

Dual bevel

All the compound miters saws rotate to either the left or the right side when making the mitered cuts. This is, however, not the case for all the types of the beveled cuts since some miter saws can only tilt their heads in a single direction whereas others can tilt their heads in both directions.

Precision needed

precisionThe precision needed will determine the type of miter saw that you would select. Professional woodworkers love tools that have a higher precision since they always focus on perfection. If you need high accuracy, then you should go for a high-quality carbide blade that has between 60 and 80 teeth per inch. Watch the video below on how to choose or compare the miter saws.