Miter saws are one of the most widely used power tools in the tool industry today, and for good reason; With sizes and styles to meet the needs of all grades of craftsmen, a miter saw can be found in almost every carpentry or garage. Because these saws are so portable and offer capabilities for endless precision and convenience, a good miter saw will quickly become your best friend, whether you’re a general contractor or home hobbyist.
To briefly review the miter saw itself, they are generally designed to produce fast and accurate cross-cuts in a workpiece, typically for frame or trim applications. Also, there are several types of miter saws available. The standard miter has a right-to-left blade pivot for miter cutting; However, this standard saw is becoming less popular as compound miter cuts have more applications and are only slightly more expensive. Compound miters have the ability to bevel or tilt the blade to the left or right side (0 ° – 50 °). Some can bevel in both directions, allowing operators to bevel and bevel within the same cut (-50 ° to 50 °). Lastly, a slide miter saw is like a compound miter saw but with extension rods that allow the saw blade and motor to move back and forth. This movement increases the cutting capacity of the blade by allowing the length of cut to be longer than the diameter of the blade. Sliding compound miter saws also have a depth cutting setting for cutting grooves in materials at a variety of depths; however, with all these advantages, they also tend to be the most expensive.
With so much variety within the miter saw community, it can be difficult to discern which miter saw is best suited to your specific degree of need. It is true that professional builders generally require a completely different saw than those craftsmen who are only engaged in simple home repairs. Ultimately, despite this glut of options, there is a right miter saw for every craftsman. Starting, for our contractors and Bravehearts, with the strongest, highest quality miter saws on the market today, Makita, Festool and Bosch build machines capable of reinventing the miter saw as we know it.
Makita’s LS1016L, with a 10 “capacity, is incredibly attractive without sacrificing quality or functionality. As a dual-bevel sliding compound miter saw, it also has some pretty unique technologies that quickly solidify this tool as a behemoth among other miters. The saw weighs just 52.2 pounds, and features the most compact design in its class. This, along with a unique dual sliding fence system (which allows for upper and lower fence adjustments which in turn equates to higher cutting precision) and a linear ball bearing construction, makes the saw incredibly smooth, robust and always accurate.This little giant from Makita is tough and smooth, offering craftsmen a smaller, lighter and more manageable while providing authoritative power and all the innovative benefits of an industrial saw.
Bosch also makes an exceptional miter saw; Your 5412L Dual Bevel Slide Miter Saw is extremely powerful with large capacities and front controls. Although slightly heavier than some other models, the 5412 12 “capacity miter saw is an ergonomic heaven with a specially designed multi-position main handle that allows craftsmen to comfortably lock in four different positions. And get work done with parts. Longer wood and lumber. Much more manageable, if not totally attractive. The miter saw also features tall fences (a crowd pleaser at all times) to accommodate workpieces like large crown molding. A good fence is a great benefit, and this saw offers not only that, but the confidence of a strong, durable tool.
From Festool of Germany, Kapex is a modern marvel of power tool engineering offering craftsmen some of the most innovative components in the industry. In addition to being essentially the best compound slide miter saw in the business, the Kapex offers some features that really set it apart from any other model. To name a few, the Kapex offers incredibly smooth and consistent blade speed along with variable speed control that ensures your cutting speed is always consistent with every application. The saw also has an ingenious trenching capability that allows craftsmen to cut trenches for smooth and strong joinery, or to maneuver around obstacles, such as pipes, while cutting. The Kapex is an extremely accurate multipurpose saw, but what’s more, it’s surprisingly easy to use. Perfect lines and angles are made easier with Kapex fractional-degree precision; Once you establish a miter angle, rest assured that it will be accurate. The saw is as strong as a brick house, but works with ethereal precision to give you the most professional results on each and every cut. However, since Kapex is an incredibly brilliant power tool, it also tends to be the coolest. However, it is important to remember that in the power tool business, you always get what you pay for.
However, if price is a more important factor, or if you are a strictly light user, there are many fine miter saws available to meet your large or small industrial needs without burning a hole in your wallet. For example:
The Makita LS1040 Compound Miter Saw, with its lightweight portability and powerful motor, is brilliantly suited to any workshop or garage. Weighing in at just 24.2 pounds, extremely low weight, and terribly convenient for such a powerful and functional tool, it’s extremely easy to move around your home or store. It can also be easily transported from one job or project to another. This saw provides a smaller, welcome alternative to the larger, heavy-duty miter saws in the industry, while offering heavy-duty, compound cutting operations. Its 10 “capacity is big enough to handle most heavy applications, and its Makita motor is as powerful as many of the largest saws in the industry. Ultimately, this little suction cup has a little more than Strength than one might expect, but rarely does one complain about having a surplus of power and charm as this tool certainly does.
In addition, the Bosch 4410L (10 “) Double Bevel Slide Miter Saw is another ideal addition to your workshop or tool shed. Working hard to bring the work of artisans and hobbyists to life, the large pivoting tool guide and Convenient positive stops make the saw truly perfect for woodworking and home repair projects, and while this saw’s true reign may lie in the garage alone, it certainly has the ability to conquer many heavy-duty and industrial applications. Ergonomic four-position pivot locks into one of four different positions as you work, thus fully optimizing your user control, and with front controls the saw is comfortable, simple and generally faster to use. The saw has high fences for increased capacity cutting, especially with crown molding, and their superior slide extensions make tra going down with larger materials is a much simpler process. This is a large saw, with a large bite, and while it is almost large enough for your general contractor, it is perfectly suitable for the very artisan, hobbyist, and DIYer.
Hitachi also builds a formidable light duty compound miter saw on its C10FCE2. With an intensely powerful motor and a full range of cutting flexibility, the saw truly has the authority to show off its colors in any contractor’s workplace, while still being perfect for homeowners. The CF10FCE2 is comfortable to use and extremely lightweight at just 26.3 pounds, enhancing its portability. An extended swing fence that lifts users 4 “to accommodate large workpieces and vertically cut crown molding, and with convenient access to the saw brushes, replacing these little buggers is almost effortless.
When looking for high-end power tools at a low price, craftsmen should also look for reconditioned tools. Reconditioned tools, or recons, while sometimes hard to come by, are an extremely great value providing craftsmen with the highest performing tools at a small fraction of the regular cost. The reconstructions, due to some minor cosmetic or technical defect, have been returned to the manufacturer for rigorous inspection and restoration processes. These tools are tested and restored to strict manufacturer standards and then reissued with an “R” behind the model number. This little “R” (and potentially hundreds of dollars) is really the only difference between a new tool and a recognition. The value of these tools is really a no-brainer; When recognitions are available, get them as an investment like no other. Dewalt’s DW718R and DW716R miter saws are excellent examples of the value of buying reconditioned.
Ultimately, although there are many outstanding options in the world of miter saws, there is always one that best suits you and your specific professional needs. Do your research, and the right tool is sure to find you.