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Apprentice AMS825 8-1/4-Inch Compound Miter Saw Review

Updated on November 16, 2010

Apprentice AMS825 8-1/4-Inch Compound Miter Saw

Apprentice AMS825 8-1/4-Inch Compound Miter Saw

The miter saw is one of the most useful tools that any carpenter is ever going to buy. This is particularly true of a compound miter saw.  Trying to cut both bevels and miters without one is an extremely frustrating experience. You really need an Apprentice AMS825 8-1/4-Inch Compound Miter Saw if you are a serious woodworker. In order to make certain that you get the best miter saw for your needs there are some things that you will need to think about

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When it comes to the cost of miter saws there is often a substantial difference in price from one miter saw to another. The size, type and quality of the miter saw will for the most part determine the price. Usually it is best to buy the best saw that you can afford, you will appreciate the advantages of having a top quality saw. A good quality compound miter saw will make your work so much easier and will save you a lot of difficulty. It is almost always a wise investment.

Generally there are three different sizes of compound miter saw, eight, ten and twelve inches. We are really taking about the size of the blade when we speak about the size of the miter saw. A bigger blade can cut a bigger piece of wood. The eight inch saw is very limited when it comes to what you can do with it so even though there are three sizes of miter saw available only two of them are worthy of serious consideration. Which means that you are going to have to decide between the ten and twelve inch options. The size of the blade is usually the single most important factor in determining the price of a miter saw. Ten and twelve inch saws are the most common although you can get an 8 inch miter saw as well. That being said the cutting capacity of the eight inch miter saw is so limited that there is little reason to give it serious consideration. The 10 inch compound miter saw is by far the most common because it can be purchased at a reasonable price and it meets the requirements of most people. Most people will never have any need to cut a piece of wood that the 10 inch blade can’t handle. A twelve inch miter saw will come with a pretty steep price tag but they can handle pretty much anything. Generally only a professional carpenter is going to need a saw this big but some hobbyists might want to consider it.

If you should get a standard miter saw, a compound miter saw or a sliding compound miter saw is the other major thing to consider. The standard miter saw is so limited in what it can do that it really isn’t worth buying since it is limited to cutting miters. The compound miter saw is much more useful since it can cut both miters and bevels. The sliding compound miter saw has the advantage of allowing you to cut larger pieces of wood since you can pull the saw through the wood after you have lowered it. Of course the price goes up as you step up from a regular miter saw to a compound miter saw to a sliding compound miter saw. The one you choose is mainly down to personal preference but is is generally a good idea to consider a compound miter saw.

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