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Milwaukee 6955-20 12-Inch Sliding Dual Bevel Miter Saw Review

Updated on November 16, 2010

Milwaukee 6955-20 12-Inch Sliding Dual Bevel Miter Saw

Milwaukee 6955-20 12-Inch Sliding Dual Bevel Miter Saw

The miter saw is possibly the most useful tools that any woodworker is ever going to use. This is most true of a Milwaukee 6955-20 12-Inch Sliding Dual Bevel Miter Saw.  Attempting to make a compound cut without one is an enormous hassle. If you are a serious woodworker you really should have a compound miter saw. In order to be sure that you select the right miter saw for your requirements there are a couple things that you are going to want to consider

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By and large the type of miter saw that you choose is going to be decided by how much you are willing to spend and how serious you are about woodworking. You do tend to get your money’s worth when you purchase a miter saw. There is a significant price difference depending on the size and the quality of the saw that you choose. Choosing the best saw that you can afford is in general the best idea. A miter saw can be an incredibly versatile tool and choosing the best one your budget will allow will help make certain that you get maximum use out of it.

There are generally three standard sizes of compound miter saw, 8, 10, and 12 inches. We are actually taking about the size of the blade when we talk about the size of the miter saw. The larger the piece of wood that you want to cut the bigger the blade you will need. Even though miter saws come in three different sizes the eight inch saw is so restricted in what you can do with it that it’s really not even worth considering. The ten and twelve inch miter saws are really the only ones you are going to need to decide between. The most important single factor in determining the cost of a miter saw is normally the diameter of the blade. 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 no reason to give it serious consideration. The ten inch compound miter saw is easily the most common since it can be purchased at a reasonable price and it meets the requirements of most people. Most people will never have any requirement to cut a piece of wood that the ten 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 large but some hobbyists may want to consider it.

The sliding compound miter saw is usually the best option when it comes to miter saws. In addition to being able to cut both miters and bevels you are also able to pull the saw through the wood after you have lowered it. This allows you to cut larger pieces of wood. The compound miter saw is the the next step down, it can’t be pulled through the wood but you can cut miters and bevels. It is more limited in the size of wood that it is capable of handling compared to the sliding compound miter saw but it is still a useful tool. A standard miter saw is the cheapest option but since it can’t cut bevels it is very limited and not really worth considering.

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