compound miter sawsA compound miter saw is an important power tool used in making crosscuts on the woods. It is essentially a larger circular saw that is mounted on a balanced lever that allows you to make beveled, angle and square cuts on the board ends. In most cases, compound miter saws can be beveled up to 60-degrees and 45-degrees on either direction. This makes it possible cutting precise compound angles.

Miter gauge

Usually a compound miter saw may be angled up to 45 degrees either to right or left. A quality saw ought to have clearly marked miter gauge. In addition, it should be adjusted easily whenever necessary. The hard stops are usually 0, 15, 23, 30 and 45 degrees in the both directions. Again, the user should be able to lock the compound saw to any particular miter angle as needed.

The Bevel

The machine is called “compound” because of the ability of the saw to tilt in addition to setting its miter angle. It is important to note that there are saws that bevel only in one direction and the others will bevel up to 45 degrees either right or left. This is necessary when the woodworker requires cutting the two angles on same cut. For instance, in crown molding, the procedure becomes simpler when the two precise angles are cut at the same time.

Blade size

Most of the compound miter saws on the market typically come in 12-inch, 10-inch, or 8-inch models. Most people prefer using the 10-inch models as the 8-inch is not adequate enough to make large cut angles, not tall to hold stock to the edge. On the other hand, the 12-inch models are used whenever you require the larger blade sizes.

Sliding compound miter saws

There are some of the compound miter saws that have the sliding feature. This feature allows the users to cut large pieces of the stock than otherwise possible. The feature makes it possible to sink the saw into the wood and push or pull the blade through the wood.

Handy option

There are some saws that come with laser light installed on the miter saw. This laser light is meant to show the exact line where the miter saw is cutting. This is an important feature that eliminates guess work of cutting the compound angles. You can simply mark spots where you want to cut, set the bevel and miter, and place your stock firmly before cutting.

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