The miter saw is a stationary saw used to cut pieces of wood. It’s a workshop staple, necessary to make angled cuts--for frames, room trims, anywhere a miter cut is needed. The saw has a swing arm that the DIY-er can manipulate to make the cuts they need with the blade. This blade, usually made of extremely tough tensioned steel, is optimized for cuts made across the wood. This guide is written to help select the right blade when shopping.
Taking a measure of things
Any saw blade bought has to necessarily be compatible with the saw one has on hand! Saw blades come in several sizes, with 10” and 12” blades being most common by far. Even so, double-checking is always a good idea. The use of an appropriate blade reduces the risk of damage to the machine (and the operator).
To bite the sawdust
The DIY-er will need to consider if they're planning to cut with the grain of the wood or against it--cutting with the grain requires a blade with fewer teeth than one for cutting against the grain. As miter saws are mostly used to cut against the grain, the blades chosen will need to have a large number of teeth, usually sixty or eighty. Forty-tooth options are also available if one intends to cut along the grain as well.
Another factor to consider is the blade’s kerf, or the thin channel left behind by the blade as it moves through the wood. Thin kerf blades are more economical, as they waste less wood and create less sawdust, so they’re a good idea if the materials used are costly or limited. However, a blade with a full kerf is much more sturdy and can power through a thick piece of wood with ease.
Consider the product
A well-made saw blade gives the DIY-er clean, precise cuts. Electrophoretic coatings on the blade can further provide corrosion resistance. Some blades come with specialized stabilizing vents that absorb heat and vibrations, keeping the blade steady and reducing friction and warp.
Categories Simillar to Miter Saw Blades includes Circular Saw Blades, Diamond Saw Blades and Jig Saw Blades