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A Complete Guide on Using a Compound Miter Saw
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A Complete Guide on Using a Compound Miter Saw

Views: 71     Author: Site Editor     Publish Time: 2022-06-22      Origin: Site

First: selecting the size and amperage of the compound miter saw according to how you intend to use it

Compound miter saws come in various shapes and sizes. The size is determined by the blade diameter which usually varies from 8 to 12 inches and it’s the factor that affects the width and thickness of the material you can cut.

You should also choose the compound miter saw that has a suitable amperage rating. For heavier-duty jobs, you should get a higher amperage rating and vice versa.

Second: Setting your place up.

You can comfortably operate your compound miter saw on a workbench or a table. However, longer workpieces may require you to work on the floor. If you have a workbench, make sure it is completely stable to avoid any vibrations during the operation.

Third: Fully understand your tool

Before you begin using your saw, read the operator’s manual carefully. The first section will typically include all the safety rules. You should make sure that you fully understand the saw’s requirements before you operate it as overloaded electrical circuits can cause damage to your tool or even cause a fire in your workplace.

  • Make sure you’re well-informed about the different parts of the saw and the purpose of each.

  • You should locate the angle scale, the angle indicator, the blade guard, the power switch or trigger, and the mechanism for locking the saw in place when you’re not using it.

  • Some saws have laser guides, locking clamps to secure your workpiece, and saw tilt scales.

  • Check in your manual for any of these features.

  • Release or unlock the saw so that a workpiece can be placed on the saw bench and the blade will travel.

  • Make sure to lower and raise the saw a few times before you start using it so you can get familiar with the path the blade travels.

  • This enables you to avoid any accidents or mishaps when you get to the actual cutting using your saw.

Fourth: Practice makes perfect

  • Try placing a piece of material on the bench. You can start with a small piece of scrap metal to try out your saw on.

  • Double-check that it’s long enough to securely fit against the backrest of the saw’s bench and enable you to hold it in place while you’re cutting it.

  • If you’re going to be cutting shorter stock, it’s safer to use clamps.

  • Otherwise, cutting near the end of a short piece of stock may cause kickback, (the piece that you’re going to cut off) to be jerked by the blade when you finish your cut.

  • Try using your saw to cut a variety of angles on scrap material and try fitting them together to see the different ways in which they fit.

  • At first, it may be tricky to fit –seemingly- easy pieces but with practice, you’ll figure your way around.

  • Like how you shouldn’t cut the stock ends at 90 degrees but rather cut the ends of two pieces of stock at 45 degrees each and fit them together to make a square.


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