Miter Saw Basics – How To Choose And Use A Power Miter Saw

Cutting joints using your hand can actually be time-consuming in addition to being rather difficult. Whether you are completing a simple project or a large one that requires a lot of accurate cuts, having a miter saw handy would definitely help you improve the quality of the outcome of your finished project. Moreover, using this power tool can also make the job easier to complete and more convenient.

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Choosing The Right Type, Size, And Amperage Rating Of Your Tool

When working with a miter saw, there are several factors and steps that you may need to follow. For instance, you should start by selecting the right type as well as the size of a miter saw that you would need and use. Since miter saws come with various features, sizes, and functions, it is important to choose the tool that will meet your needs.

The Size Of Cutter Blade

In terms of size, you need to determine the blade diameter. The miter saw blade measures about 8 to 12 inches in diameter. It will determine how thick or wide the resulting material that you are cutting. Concerning function, you can find three types of the miter saw.

The Type Of Miter Saw

One type is the standard miter saw. This is the basic type which will make a perpendicular cut through any materials at angles that range from 45 degrees clockwise to 45 degrees counter clockwise. This comes with an angle scale as well as a locking device which keeps the miter saw blade correctly aligned.

Another type of this tool is the compound miter saw. This kind of miter saw comes with features that enable you to tilt the blade at a certain angle from a vertical position. This allows you to cut a compound angle.

Lastly, the third type of miter saw is the sliding miter saw. This type can slide along a horizontal arm, which is similar to a radial arm saw. This type of saw can actually be pushed all the way through the material that you are cutting. This allows a wide piece of material to be sawed.

When using a miter saw, you should consider the amperage rating of the saw or the horsepower. A standard miter saw tool makes use of about 12 to 15 ampere or electrical power. If you are thinking of using this tool to cut tough materials or larger ones, you may need to find an industrial rated miter saw for the job. Such type is much heavier and may come with special wiring.


Start Working On Your Project Using Your Power Miter Saw

When you have the right type of miter saw for your project, you need to prepare everything before starting any project. The first thing that you need to do is to set up a table or your work area. You have to make sure that you have room to work. If you are cutting a long material, it may be necessary to work on the floor. However, you can also work using a work bench or a work table, whichever makes you comfortable.

You should also consider reading the manual of your tool before you start operating it. The first section of the manual usually deals with safety rules like using the right type of extension cord, wearing safety glasses, and making sure that the electrical power is sufficient for the machine to operate. You have to make sure that you understand and follow the requirements as noted in the manual as accidents can happen due to overloaded electrical circuits.

You have to make sure that you know the different parts of the machine as well as the different functions of each part. The parts may vary depending on the type and model of the machine. However, the standard parts of a miter saw including the angle scale, angle indicator, blade guard, locking mechanism, power trigger, saw tilt ranges, laser guides, and locking clamps.

If you are ready to operate your miter saw, you should release the saw and place this on the work bench. You have to raise and lower the tool several times before powering this on. This way, you can become familiar with the path that the blade will take as it cuts through the material.

You should also plug your tool into a receptacle and start working on a small piece of scrap material to test the device. Once you have done practicing on scrap materials, you can work on your actual project. You should experiment with the different features and functions of your tool to learn and determine the correct way on how it operates before applying this to your project. Through practice, you can become rather confident on working on the actual project, as you know the features, as well as performance capacity of power miter saw.

Jose A. Brown
 

Jose A. Brown is a mechanic engineer and an enthusiastic blogger whose mission is to provide the readers with the best tips, guides in the Home Improvement, DIY Project, and Industry.

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