What is miter saw

What can you do with a miter saw?

Miter saws are designed to make crosscuts and miters in wood and other material. They have circular saw blades attached to a frame that tilts down onto workpieces to cut into the surface. Also known as “drop saws”, they may also be used with abrasive discs.

Can a miter saw make 90 degree cuts?

This is something like a miter saw – except with no ability to pivot the arm and blade. Meaning a chop saw can only make straight 90 degree cuts. They’re not so common these days, as a miter saw is more capable and of comparable price.

How is a compound cut made with a miter saw?

A compound cut involves cutting both the miter and bevel cuts in one stroke. A miter cut is made by moving the saw head from side to side making a cut at an angle across its face, making one edge of the board longer than the other.

When did the miter saw become the cross cut saw?

In the late 1980s the sliding compound miter saw was introduced which combined all the best features of the compound miter saw with sliding tubes allowing the cutter head to traverse for a much wider cut. Since then it has become the primary cross cut saw for woodworking, largely supplanting the radial arm saw.

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