What To Look For in a Mitre Saw
The best mitre saw should come with a blade that spins up to 5,000 rpm and cut straight, angled, bevelled and even compound cuts repeatedly and with little effort.
It’s important to pick the right blade size. Even though you can get mitre saws with blades up to 300 mm, if you’re only cutting smaller pieces of wood, metal or plastic then you don’t need the extra weight and cost that comes with a bigger machine. In general larger blades allow deeper cuts but there are some significant differences in the maximum depth of cut between different models with the same blade size so you should check that out.
A sliding arm increases the maximum width you can cut with a mitre saw. However, you will require some extra space for the sliding function and the arm will add extra weight to the saw.
As well as cutting perfectly straight lines the best mitre saws can make complex cutting angles in wood, metal or plastic by adjusting the fence and saw arm. Some of the best mitre saws are double-bevelled, which means they can tilt to the left and right, as well as swing to any angle from 0 – 180° in pretty much any direction. This is perfect for cutting skirting boards or picture frames. You can save money by choosing a single-bevelled mitre saw but you have to reposition the workpiece.
Mitre saws can be cordless (better for safety and mobility) or corded (better for constant power).
Cordless mitre saws are more expensive and the battery does add extra weight – particularly if it has a larger capacity (Ah). Fast chargers are obviously preferable. The best mitre saws come with brushless motors to optimise battery power and reduce wear and tear on the mechanical components, thus increasing the saw’s lifetime. If you prefer a corded version a long lead is a handy feature. Finally, for the most accurate cutting, make sure the mitre saw has a laser guide or shadow line to follow. These are just the main features of this versatile tool. Come and see what mitre saws make the cut! Here’s what I discovered…