Miter Saw is one of most convenient tool to use as it is highly portable and easy to set up. When used correctly, the tool provides accurate and clean cuts. To achieve a perfect angle cut, you need to ensure that your saw matches perfectly. New miter saws are well designed and achieve a lot of accuracy out-of-the-box. However, many years of use the miter saw may start missing the target angle.
Replacing miter saw parts can be quite expensive. However, you don’t have to be trained technician to some basic testing and maintenance. In the case that your miter saw has lost precision, we recommend that you use the following tips on how to maximize your miter saw.
First, check that you have not change the original settings accidentally. If no adjustments have been made, practice different techniques as your analyze your cuts. Dry making slower cuts and check if you can improve the performance. Note that, some saws are not able to make clean cuts fast. Also, wait for some minutes whenever you lower the blade completely as pulling it back quickly can lead to splinters and torn edges.
The blade that normally comes with a good miter saw is usually not the best for high-precision jobs. 20-0 tooth blade is good for framing, decking, and the likes. However, for finer jobs, use 80-100 tooth blades. We highly recommend that you use a blade with carbide coating that has negative hook direction. In most cases, a hook is set at an angle of 10 degrees.
Although the support table is designed to offer high stability, it may require some support. Over time, the gap may increase, and the support structure may diminish. In fact, most cheap miter saws available in the market destabilizes just after 2 to 3 months of use. However, a zero-clearance support table can maintain stability for as long as 10-15 months before giving in to the constant pressure. You can come up with a wooden support structure to help support the miter saw table. If you have enough space, you can add an auxiliary stand at the top-left side to improve the stability. During the operation, you will be propping your saw against the beam to reduce the gradual splitting. You can also find a way to fix the unit in place to ensure that the miter saw remain sturdy throughout.
Extendable parts tend to bend easily. Check them regularly to ensure that they are straight. However, if you find that they are not straight, find ways of straightening them. For instance, if you check and find that fence is not totally straight, you can use a pry bar to straighten it. Remember to loosen gap screws before straightening it.
Although miter saws have come a long way and have undergone a lot of technological adjustments, they are still not perfect. However, with some little maintenance miter saw can produce a perfect result over a long time without having to buy a new one.