How to Use a Miter Saw & How to Unlock a Miter Saw?

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How to Use a Miter Saw?

It’s very annoying when you have a miter saw and you don’t know how to use that, isn’t it? Well, if you’re a newbie to this job, then you should first need to know to use the machine before getting started. You can follow the instructions of the user manual or read this guide. We wrote this guide for those people who are thinking about getting a new miter saw for their jobs. Okay then, let’s start-

The miter saw is perfect for cutting the baseboards or wood pieces accurately for your projects. But in order to do it perfectly and improve your skill, you should follow the cutting steps that are given below.

Step 01: Choose the Right Miter Saw

To do your job, you should choose the right size and right type based saw. That’s because different types of miter saw are for different works. Basically, there are 3 main types of the miter saw. They are-

Standard Miter Saw: The standard miter saw is the basic miter saw type. This type of saw can cut the boards from 45 degrees left to 45 degrees right typically (clockwise). This saw type is for the basic cut. The locking device and the angle scale keep the blade aligned correctly.

Compound Miter Saw: The compound miter saw is made to do the hard cuttings easily and accurately. This saw is able to cut the subjects in compound angle. A compound miter saw is the compound version of the standard miter saw, basically!

Sliding Miter Saw: The sliding miter saw can be pushed through the cutting subjects which let you cut widely as your need. This saw is for professionals mainly.

Not only the type is enough, but also the size of the blade is important too because the right blade is the must for doing the perfect cut. There are some different sizes of blades of the miter saw are available. Basically, you can find 7.5 inches to 12 inches blades out there. The 7.5 inches, 10 inches, and the 12 inches are the most common and popular sizes. Choose the right blade size according to your requirements.

Step 02: Set up the Recommended Power

As the miter saws run with the power of electricity, you need to ensure proper power source for the saw. Most of the standard miter saws require 12-15 amps and 120 volts of electric power. The general power line of your house is enough for these saws; but if you need to use a heavy and industrial unit for heavier cut, then you may require special wring for the saw.

Step 03: Set up the Cutting Table

Before starting, you need to set up a working place for the saw. Setting up a cutting table is much better than the other as you get better support from a table. Choose the table size according to your cutting subjects so that you get an effective cutting support.

Step 04: Know the Parts

The best way to use a machine effectively is to know its parts well. The miter saw isn’t different too. Let’s know about the parts of the saw first. You’ll find an angle indicator and an angle scale on the front side of the blade. A blade guard is present for protection. It’s usually made of high-quality plastic. There is the power trigger which is attached to the handlebar. Additionally, locking clamps, laser guide and saw tilt scale are available in the saw.

Step 05: Place the Object & Turn It On

Before powering up the machine, we recommend you to read the user manual of the saw carefully. After that, lower and raise the blade of the saw several times. It’s a good way to be familiar with the cutting range of the blade. This tip will help you in avoiding the accident. Finally, place the objects (wood piece or board) under the blade and lock it with. You’ll find there a cutting point. The blade will cut on that point.

Now, it’s time to turn the machine on. Plug in the power line and make the handle switch turned on. Now gently lower the handlebar (blade) on the object. Though it’s locked, ensure that you hold the object in the right position. After the cutting is done, raise the blade and turn the switch off for safety. You’re done basically. Congrats.

It’s a good idea to start cutting with small pieces of wood or board. You may also practice for several times with unusable object pieces.

Step 06: Cut a Variety of Angles & Make Sufficient Cuts

You can cut in various angles with your miter saw. Cutting in basic shapes is quite easy. But for a newbie, other cuts can be a little bit tough. For getting rid of this, you can use marks. Mark the objects through the cutting line and try cutting it. You’ll find this tip helpful.

Remember, experiment with different cuts and functions of the saw so that you can learn the using of tool better. And obviously, with proper safety. Use gloves and glasses before starting.


What Is a Compound Miter Saw?

The compound miter saw is a specialized miter saw which is made for doing special and hard cuts. It’s also known as “bench miter saw”. This saw is able to cut more than other simple angle cuts. This saw type is known as compound as because it’s able to cut two different angles at the same time. The two cuts are- a bevel cut and a miter cut. The compound miter saw has a greater cutting arc than other which is a very important factor to consider. This saw is highly compatible with most of the jobs in your home.


How to Unlock a Miter Saw?

The manufacturers have designed the miter saws with various safety locks as the woodworkers carry their saws from one place to another.  Most of the miter saws have two different locks which are placed to keep the various pieces of the saw in place while moving. The locks of the saw become activated automatically when you fold your saw and transport it, in order to make the transportation safe and easy. But, you need to unlock the locks before using again after arriving at the destination. Unfortunately, if you do not know how to unlock the saw, you can’t then us it anymore. But, don’t worry, it’s an easy and simple process to unlock the miter saw.

The first lock (controls the movement of the blade) is located at the back of the saw and the second one is located on the front side of the saw arm. These two are the main locks. Let’s see the unlocking process step by step-

The lock of a miter saw is generally comprised of a pin and a knob. The knob is used to release the lock which is located at the end of that pin. You can adjust the lock successfully by pulling or pushing the knob, generally. The model of your miter saw determines whether you should twist the knob or not for releasing the blade lock. In most of the miter saw, you need to push the knob inward or pull outward to unlock. After releasing the pin, the blade will automatically be lifted up. The blade guard is basically for the protection. If the blade lifts up and the guard doesn’t cover it up, then you need to clean out the dirt of the guard.

There are some other locks in a miter saw. You don’t need to unlock them most of the time. But sometimes, you may need. Let’s have a quick look so that you can unlock them when needed.

Angle Locks: Two locks of the front side of the saw control the angles. The large and horizontal knurled knob locks the swivel action of the blade (left to right swivel). And the lever underneath the knob locks the preset for the ordinary angles. Generally, the lever is located near the knob, but it may vary by models.

To unlock the swivel action of the blade, twist the knurled knob and loosen it. The swivel action will be unlocked. And after placing it in the right place, tighten the knob to lock it again. Use your middle or index finger and depress the lever in order to release the preset angle. The process is quite simple.

Swivel Lock: Various models have various built-in preset angle locks. The large knob unlocks the blade and the small lever locks in various angles. You can simply adjust the angles. Just depress the lever simply and rotate it at any point or to the preset stop. Place it to the right point and make a custom angle for cutting. Lock it again.

The Bevel Lock: The bevel lock isn’t available in all models of the miter saw, only some saws have. As like as swivel lock, the bevel lock has also many preset lock stops. To adjust the lock, press the lever and hold the lever down. When you get your desired angle, release the lever to lock in the new position. Quite easy, isn’t it?


How to Change Blade on Miter Saw?

If you find burn marks or excessive chipping on the cutting material, then you should change the saw blade. It’s pretty easy; you can do it in a few minutes with a couple of tools. When you change the blade, your saw regains the smooth performance. Change the blade regularly when needed in order to keep the performance. Just make sure that you replace the blade with the recommended one. Read the user manual of the saw, you’ll find the recommended blade type and size there. Follow the instructions given below step by step to replace the blade successfully-

Step 01: Remove the Blade Guard

Before beginning the blade replacing process, make sure that you have removed the power line from the electrical socket. After that, it’s time to remove the blade guard. Get a screwdriver and loosen the screws that hold the guard. After unscrewing, remove the blade guard and place it away.

Now, press the spindle lock of the saw in order to keep the blade secure. It’s a safety process. Make sure that you’ve secured the lock while this process. The lock can be located on either the front side or the rear side. You’ll find a little black button there. That button will sink when the blade is locked.

Step 02: Remove the Blade

Now, it’s time to remove the old blade. Take an Allen wrench. Find the bolts that connect the blades to the saw and turn the bolts clockwise with the wrench until they are loosened. When you remove all the bolts, you can remove the blades too. Just remember, do not remove the inner washer. Leave it.

Step 03: Replace the Blade

We’re reminding you again that you must read the user manual first before purchasing the new blade. Make sure that you got the right blade for your saw.

Before inserting the new blade, take a washcloth and wipe out the oil drops on both outer and inner washer which touches the saw blade. This is a lubricating process. It’s helpful as the lubricant keep the saw working properly.

Finally, install the blade as the previous blade was. Keep the teeth of the blade down facing. Be careful because improper installation may result in serious injury. When you finish installing the blade, put the outer washer back on. Now, get those bolts and tighten with your fingers. Use the Allen wrench and tighten the bolts properly in the clockwise direction. Make sure that the blade is tight. Now, get the blade guard which you kept away and reattach it in place with the screwdriver. After doing all the process, lower the saw and check it out if it works!




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