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Milwaukee 6950-20 12-inch Dual Bevel Miter Saw Review

Updated on November 16, 2010

Milwaukee 6950-20 12-inch Dual Bevel Miter Saw

Milwaukee 6950-20 12-inch Dual Bevel Miter Saw

Probably the most useful woodworking tools that any woodworker will ever buy is his Milwaukee 6950-20 12-inch Dual Bevel Miter Saw, this is especially true of a compound miter saw. Trying to cut both bevels and miters without one is an enormous pain. If you are a serious woodworker you really should have a compound miter saw. There are a couple of things that you should consider before you buy your miter saw this will help to make sure that you buy the perfect miter saw for your needs.

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There can be a substantial difference in the price of miter saws. The size, kind and quality of the miter saw will usually determine the price. Usually it is a good idea to try to get the best saw that your budget will allow, you will appreciate the advantages of having a good saw. A high quality miter saw will make your work so much simpler and will save you a lot of headaches. It is almost always a smart investment.

There are usually three standard sizes of compound miter saw, 8, 10, and 12 inches. When we talk about the size of a miter saw we are actually taking about the diameter of the blade. The larger the blade the bigger the piece of wood it can cut. Even though you can get miter saws in three different sizes the eight inch saw is so limited in what it can do that it really isn’t even worth considering. The ten and twelve inch versions are really the only ones you are going to need to decide between. The largest single factor in determining the price of the miter saw is normally the diameter of the blade. The standard sizes are eight, ten and twelve inches with the larger two being much more common. In truth there is no reason to consider an eight inch miter saw since its cutting capacity is going to be too limited for it to be of any real value. A 10 inch miter saw is sufficient for most people and can be purchased for an affordable price, not surprisingly it is the most common size. Most people will never have any need to cut a piece of wood that the 10 inch blade is incapable of handling. Twelve inch miter saws can handle almost anything but they also come with a pretty steep price tag. There might be some serious amateur woodworkers who need a twelve inch saw but normally only a professional carpenter is going to need a saw this large.

The sliding compound miter saw is usually the best option when it comes to miter saws. This type of saw will let you pull the saw through the wood after you have lowered it, you can also cut miters and bevels. This makes it possible to cut larger pieces of wood. The step below this is the compound miter saw it allows you to cut miters and bevels but you can’t pull it through the wood. This is still a good option it is just can’t handle pieces as large as the sliding compound miter saw. A standard miter saw can’t cut bevels which limits how useful it is to the point that it really isn’t worth considering, but it is the least expensive option.

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