Category:Miter Saws

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Miter Saws

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This document is an internal Artisan's Asylum training document and is provided "as is", to be used as a reference only. Use of this document for any purposes other than as reference material (i.e., for the purposes of training and testing users on tools or equipment by other commercial entities or individuals) is not advised. In no event shall the authors of this material, or Artisan's Asylum, Inc., be liable for any claim, damages, or other liability whether in action or contract, arising from, out of, or in connection with the use of the information in this document for training, testing, or on-going safe use of fabrication equipment. Please consult your own lawyers and subject matter experts if you are looking to develop your own safety curriculum for fabrication equipment operation. Tool operators are responsible for their own safety, including reading and understanding the owners manual for this equipment and all of the warnings it contains.


The compound mitre saw is used to cut lumber to rough length. By using a length stop clamped to the fence or table, the miter saw can make repetitive cuts quickly. The angle of the saw relative to the length of the board can be adjusted to the right or left to cut mitres; it can also be be angled over to the right or left to cut bevels. For precision work, the table saw may be better.


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Personal Protective Equipment

  • Standard shop personal protective equipment (safety glasses, no long hair, no flowing clothes, etc.) are required
  • Activation of an attached dust collection system is required
  • Hearing protection is recommended
  • Dust mask recommended for heavy use or cutting exotic hardwood

Safe Operation

  • Workholding:
    • The workpiece must be firmly secured against the table and the fence, so that the blade cannot push it back while cutting
    • If wood is warped, the convex side should be against the table or fence
    • Hold or clamp the material on only ONE SIDE of the saw, and if you are using a length stop, hold the side which is against the stop. This helps prevent kickback or throwing the material that is wedged between the saw blade and the stop.
    • If holding workpieces by hand, never put your hand underneath the blade for any reason, and keep pressure down and back into the saw to hold pieces in place
  • Cutting:
    • Depress trigger safety once you are ready to cut, then the on/off trigger when you are cutting
    • If the workpiece cut does not require the slide, lock the slide to increase accuracy and reduce chance of kickback. Lock the top slide whenever practical.
    • If the workpiece cut does require the slide, slide the head all the way out towards you, bring the head all the way down, and slide the head into the workpiece while cutting. DO NOT pull the head out towards the operator while cutting
    • Only cut one piece of material at a time
    • Thick wood may require multiple passes
    • If the saw begins to slow down or bind, immediately release the trigger and correct the problem
  • Do not move the workpiece until saw blade has stopped spinning
  • See the individual tool page for notes on control locations.
    • It is preferable to lock the upper slide. Lock both slides when not needed.
    • The miter lock knob is very counter-intuitive. Carefully study the diagram on the knob.

Post Operation

  • Store the miter saw by lowering head, locking the head into place, pushing the head all the way into the tool, and locking the slide
  • The auxiliary fence wings should be installed, but opened wide to allow bevel cuts.
  • Brush or vacuum the work area and remove waste material

Allowable Materials

  • Cut wood must comply with the following rules:
    • No moldy or wet wood
    • No treated/painted/finished wood
    • All nails and staples removed
    • All hardwoods must be checked against a cutting/sanding chart for hazardous dust reactions

Pages in category "Miter Saws"

The following 3 pages are in this category, out of 3 total.

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