The miter saw has been around for a long time, yet there is not one saw that can conveniently replace it in any wood workshop. You may have other saws like a table saw, circular saw but the compound miter saw is a perculiar saw in many ways.
When you desire portability and precision, it is the saw you turn to first of all. A table saw has a high degree of precision, but it’s fails considerable in terms of portability when compared to a compound miter saw.
A circular saw on the other hand is very portable, even more portable than a compound miter saw, but it still fails considerably in terms of precision when compared to a compound miter saw.
That is why the compound miter saw will always have its place in any complete wood workshop.
However, even though the miter saw is a winner in terms of portability and precision, you still need to know some tips and tricks in order to get the best out of your miter saw.
The best miter saws, such as the Dewalt DWS780 and the Bosch gliding compound miter saw usually deliver high quality precision cuts right out of the box. However, you can still get more.
In this article, I’ll be giving some tips you need to know and implement in your miter saw in order to get the best out of this indispensable tool.
Upgrade the miter saw blade
The more teeth a blade has, the finer the cut made with it will be. When you buy your miter saw, the odds are so high that it will come with fewer blades. Even if you bought the best and most expensive miter saw, chances are it’s still going to come with a low quality blade.
Don’t get me wrong, those blade are usually blades with 24 to 40 teeths on them. They’re good for cutting timber used for normal construction work, but not for furniture work that requires a high degree of precision.
So, if you require a high degree of precision, the first thing you need to do when you get your miter saw, is to purchase a high end blade with 80 teeths at least. With this kind of blade, your cuts will be silky smooth.
Allow the blade to stop before lifting it from the cut
If you’re a new miter saw user, chances are you’re going to be in a haste to use your saw. But don’t get too excited, you might mess up the wood you’re cutting if you’re not careful.
Here is tip number two, allow the blade to stop spinning before lifting it from the wood after you’ve made a cut. If you don’t allow the blade to stop spinning, lifting it up can cause damage to the ends of the wood you’re cutting.
Apart from that, it can also send cutoff flying out at high speed, which is dangerous because it can hit someone in the viscinity.
So, keep your work piece free from damage, and keep your workshop save by allow the blade to stop spinning before lifting it out of the wood.
Waiting can feel like time wasting, but it’s actually the best and safest thing to do.