Miter Saws Chesterfield MO
St Peter, MO
St. Louis, MO
Saint Charles, MO
St. Louis (Bridgeton), MO
Saint Louis, MO
Whether you're building furniture, cutting trim molding or framing a garage, a compound miter saw is an indispensable tool. It can swivel left or right to make a standard miter and tilt to make a compound cut. Miter saws are capable of both rough and precision work. But no matter what you're doing, hitting your marking line right on the nose has always been a problem. Help is on the way. An accurate laser shows you exactly where the cut will go (Photo 1). A laser just might save you from a careless accident, too. As a fellow woodworker put it, “If the red line is shining on your hand, don't cut!”
The glowing red line of a laser is the latest innovation in miter saws. It's supposed to show you exactly where the blade will cut, but some lasers work better than others. This one is top-notch!
Accurate cuts are no problem at the pre-set angles on any saw. The catch is that you must be picky about aligning the fence to the blade when you first set up the saw.
Tilting and rotating a miter saw allows you to make a right-angle joint with a wide piece of crown molding. Many saws have a detent at 31.6 degrees for making this cut.
Saws with tall fences and stops are best for cutting crown molding in an upright position. This is a more intuitive method than laying the molding flat because the blade isn't tilted. However, with many saws you must rig up a tall wooden fence for it to work.
10-Inch vs. 12-Inch Saws
Most miter saws come with 10-in. or 12-in.-diameter. blades. (Some saws take 8-in. blades, but we didn't test any of those. We also excluded a few saws that can't tilt.) Both sizes share the same general features, but there are major differences: Capacity. Using construction lumber as a rough guide, a 10-in. saw can crosscut and bevel 4x4s and 2x6s. To handle 2x8s and wide crown molding you have to move up to a 12-in. saw. Price. There's a huge difference. 10-in. saws start at about $100; 12-in. at $250. Weight. A 12-in. saw can weigh twice as much as a 10 in. Your back will know the difference if you have to lug the machine around a lot. 10 & 12 in Saws info
Saws that tilt left and right are handy in a crowded shop, where you don't have equal room on either side of the machine. Dual-bevel saws also have better sight lines on both sides of the blade because the motor is out of the way. That's particularly helpful for lefties.
A flat, easy-to-read scale with a thin, hairline cursor gets a big thumbs up. Miter saws kick up
a lot of dust, but
flat scales are easy to wipe clean. We prefer a cursor that's out
in the open, where
no shadows can obscure it.
Hold-downs improve safety and accuracy. An easy-to-use hold-down eliminates the need to put your fingers near the bla...