A miter saw is an exclusive crosscut saw, offering precise angled cutting. Since there is an extremely competitive market and several options for miter saws, it is vital that you understand what you want to gain from one. The majority of miter saws available can cut 90-45 degrees in either one or both directions, they are commonly used for crown molding, door frames, fences etc. A captivating feature is the miter index in which it allows the blade to reform to another angle depending on what its cutting. Several miter saws include stops, making it quicker and easier to change angle.
Usually miter saws come with either a 10-inch blade or a 12-inch blade. The bigger blade will offer a deeper and wider cut than the small blade. If you choose a simple rotating 10-inch blade you will be able to cut, 2×6 at 90 degrees and 2×4 at 45 degrees. The 12-inch blade will be able to cut, 2×8 at 90 degrees and 2×6 at 45 degrees. If you need to cut wider boards a best sliding miter saw would be a better option as a 12-inch sliding miter saw blade is able to cut, 2×16 at 90 degrees and 2×12 at 45 degrees.
Another factor you will want to think about is whether you will need a dual bevel. By using a dual bevel miter saw, you will gain the complete range of compound angles, both right and left. General woodwork normally needs no more than a single bevel miter saw however if you are working with a lot of crown molding for example, a dual bevel will be a more convenient fit. Whilst a dual bevel miter saw will definitely save you a lot of time, it’s quite possible that you won’t get as much precision with it as the single bevel miter saw. The choice would come down to whether you could spare the time it would cost in order to get the job done as close too perfect as you could possibly get.