Miter saw

Miter saw.

Description and uses

The mitre saw is specifically designed for cross-cutting board lumber and can be rotated for mitre cutting up to 45 degrees off perpendicular in both directions. It proves to be one of the most useful stationary power tools in the workshop since accurate cuts are essential for proper fit and construction. It is equipped with positive stops at common angles. The saw is capable of making compound mitre cuts by both rotating and beveling the blade. It is a very useful tool for processing trim and mouldings.


Rotate the blade to the desired angle by squeezing the mitre lock control handle. Swivel the saw to the desired angle and lock the unit in place. Place the material flat on the table and hold it firmly against the fence. To start the saw, squeeze the trigger on the handle. Cut at an even rate. If the work piece is small or if you are attempting any action that causes your hand to be within 4 inches of the blade, clamp down the work piece to the fence before cutting. The saw will stop when you release the trigger. After your cut, clear the work area of dust and off-cuts.

Further considerations

  • Ensure that the table is clear of materials, tools, and debris.
  • Verify location of on off switch and/or emergency power disconnect.
  • Never attempt any freehand cutting of wood that is not held firmly against the fence and table.
  • Follow safety guidelines.

Mitre saw hazards

Small pieces of wood can sometimes get wedged in the mechanism of the saw, preventing the saw from locking into a positive position or pushing the work piece out from the fence or table. Besides affecting the accuracy of the cut, this condition could cause kick back.

Tip: If you are cutting several pieces the same length, securely clamp a stop to the worktable at the desired length using a block of wood. Push each piece up to the stop before you cut.