All mitre saws produce precise angled cuts ideal for a wide range of uses. There are three types of mitre saws: sliding, compound and sliding compound.
The blade diameter and ability to slide are key factors in determining cutting capacity. The standard blade diameters for mitre saws are 10" and 12". While larger blades can handle longer cuts and are ideal for cutting wider crown moulding and hip rafters, smaller blades allow more precise cuts on smaller workpieces.
For fast and accurate cuts, check the mitre and bevel indexes to make sure they are visible and easy to read during use.
Look for positive mitre and bevel stops that make it quick and easy to adjust for common angles, but make sure you can make minute adjustments near the positive stops.
A sliding fence provides full-height support for mitre cuts and slides out of the way for bevel cuts.
Some models offer multiple handle positions, so you can adjust your grip for maximum comfort and control.
An electric brake enhances safety and helps you prepare for the next cut fast by stopping the blade just seconds after you release the trigger.
Easy-Change Blade System
Some saws offer one-step blade changes. If you switch blades frequently, minimize downtime by choosing a system that makes swapping them out simple and easy.
A dust port allows you to connect a dust bag or wet/dry vacuum to your saw, so you can collect sawdust as you cut for a clean, clear workspace.
Laser guides help to ensure the blade is lined up correctly with your intended cut line.