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Tool Tip: Compound Miter Saw1

We live in a small suburban home, and my garden shed is full of lawn stuff, plastic toys, and summer inflatable crap. That means my workspace is a built-in workbench under the basement stairs.

I proudly devote one corner of my bench to my DeWalt 12-inch Compound Miter Saw. It’s easy to use, it’s powerful, and even if the lights dim in the basement when I turn it on, it’s worth every amp.

It tucks neatly away, transports easily, and mine came with a metal stand for when I need to move it outside for bigger jobs. I’ve replaced the blade once in three years, and that’s only after cutting rock-hard laminate floor I put in the basement. I’m a basic user so the single-bevel was fine for me, and it cuts all the angles I need. If you’re doing more advanced work like crown molding, you may want the double-bevel model.

The saw would eat your fingers for breakfast, so keep your hands away from the blade. Small pieces can fly out, so on with the safety glasses. A dust mask is nice too, and clean the sawdust bag often – though it actually doesn’t catch much anyway, especially on dusty stuff like laminate or MDF trim.

After years of hand and circular saws, there’s no comparison to knowing the cut is perfectly straight every time, not to mention the satisfaction of watching it eat through a 6×6 in moments. I don’t have space for much, but I make space for my miter saw.

 by Steve MacDonald

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Comments / Discussion

  1. kitliz @ DIYdiva
    I have this saw in the sliding-arm version, and I'd marry... it if that were legal.
    November 4, 2010 at 1:36 pm | Permalink
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