Buying Guide for Mitre Saws
A workshop is not complete without a mitre saw. But what's the difference between a mitre saw, a compound mitre saw and a sliding compound mitre saw? Keep reading and we'll help you complete your shop with saw that's perfect for you. Lowe's is happy to provide this information as a service to you.
Mitre saws are available in three different models:
Compound Mitre Saw
Sliding Compound Mitre Saw
- • Mitre Saw motors are mounted on a swing arm that pivots left or right to produce angled cuts.
- • Compound Mitre Saws motors swing left and right and tilt for bevelled cuts. Tilting the saw on both of its axes at once yields a compound mitre cut. Compound mitre saws are useful for picture frames, crown moulding, or any project that requires angled cuts in two planes. They are slightly more expensive than regular mitre saws, but the advantage of making compound cuts in one pass is well worth the price.
- • Sliding Compound Mitre Saws have all the versatility of compound mitre saws and a sliding feature, similar to a radial arm saw. The major advantage of the sliding feature is the increased length of cut it provides. Some sliding saws can make crosscuts in excess of 11".
Having some of the extra bells and whistles available can make your work easier. A few common features include:
The most important part of the saw is the blade. Different blades are available for different applications. A few common blades include:
- • Steel Blades are inexpensive and work well for cutting softwood but dull quickly in hardwood.
- • High-Speed Steel Blades are harder than steel blades and stay sharper longer.
- • Carbide-Tipped Blades are more expensive than other blades, but they stay sharper much longer than steel or high-speed steel.