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The 10 Inch Sliding Compound Miter Saw

Updated on October 29, 2010

How to Choose a 10 inch Sliding Compound Miter Saw

Usually the most useful tools you will ever own is a 10 inch sliding compound miter saw , which is why if you are a serious woodworkers have one. They are well worth the investment since making a compound cut usually is awkward without one. A miter saw should be one of the first tools that you get because trying to be a woodworker without one is frustrating.

When it comes to the cost of miter saws there is often a pretty large difference in cost from one 10 inch slding compound miter saw to another. For the most part the difference in cost is determined by what kind of miter saw, the size and the quality. Without a doubt you will certainly appreciate the advantages of having a good saw so you are going to want to get the highest quality saw you can afford. You will save a lot of hassle and make your projects a lot simpler if you get a high quality miter saw. It is almost always a smart investment.

Usually there are three standard sizes of compound miter saw, eight, ten and twelve inches. When we speak about a miter saws size we are really speaking about the diameter of the blade. The bigger the piece of wood that you need to cut the bigger the blade you will need. The eight inch saw is extremely 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. The ten and twelve inch miter saws are really the only ones you are going to need to decide between. In most cases ten inches is sufficient, few woodworkers are going to come across a piece of wood that a ten inch saw can’t handle.

The sliding compound miter saw is the top of the heap when it comes to miter saws. This type of saw will let you pull the saw through the wood after you have lowered it, are also able to cut miters and bevels. This allows you to cut larger pieces of wood. The compound miter saw is the step below this, you can’t pull it through the wood but it can cut miters and bevels. It won’t be able to handle pieces as big as the 10 inch sliding compound miter saw but most people still find it a useful tool. A standard miter saw is the next step down but since it is incapable of cutting bevels it is very limited and hardly worth considering.

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