The Mitre saw is the tool of choice for precision woodcutting such as on studwork, mouldings and other carpentry. The mitre saw has a circular blade suspended above the base on a radial arm. The saw can be rotated and set at an angle to cut repeatedly at the same angle. Some mitre saws can also tilt the blade to create bevel cuts.
There are different types of mitre saw. The standard mitre saw arm pivots at a single point, which allows you to cut mitre and bevels. The Compound mitre saw cuts mitre and bevels but also allows movement across a second axis. The sliding compound mitre saw allows you to slide the blade along a rail enabling you to cut larger width pieces. Finally the dual-compound mitre saw combines the second axis function and the ability to slide the blade.
The mitre saw has many key features to consider such as the ability to select a range of angles; it is also helpful to have the angles marked on the machine for easy use. The ability to lock the angle is an important feature as it ensures you can create the same cut over and over again. Some modern mitre saws have a laser guide that can be useful and an ergonomic handle for comfortable use. Safety features on modern mitre saws include an electric brake and a self-retracting blade guard.