If you are someone who is having a hard time adjusting a miter saw for perfect cuts, then this is just the right place for you. This article will have all the basic and important information on how to adjust a miter saw, so you don’t have to worry. All you have to do this read this article with great attention, and you will be a master of adjusting a miter saw in no time; let’s have a look at it.
A miter saw is a complicated tool, and I don’t blame you for getting confused. A miter saw is a versatile and popular saw that is used cut at various types of angles. These saws are used by carpenters, DIYers, etc. It is ideal for all types of cuts for crown molding, picture frames, window casings, and whatnot.
This article will be a complete step-by-step guide for you.
How to Adjust Miter Saw for Accurate Cuts
First things first, you have to make sure that the power is disconnected. Never make any adjustments with the power on. It would help if you had the miter saw manual with you for reference. The manual will make your work easier. If you are a beginner, make sure to wear your glasses for extra safety.
One tip that I think is worth mentioning here is to always check the accuracy when you buy a new saw. Old saws may come out of adjustment, or if you ordered it online, it might be a little loose or something like that. Saws can also come out of adjustment when they are being used, so; there is nothing to worry about if you know how to fix it.
Your saw should be on a hard and sturdy surface before you start working on it. Make sure that the saw blade is on 90 degrees with the table.
The next step is to place a speed square on the table where you are working. The next thing is to keep the speed square on the opposite side of the saw blade in order to avoid the teeth area. There should be no gap of any kind on the top and bottom sides of the speed square.
Then, loosen the bevel handle that is mostly present at the back of the saw. Adjust it till it makes contact with your speed square, and then tighten the handle. Now, if the bevel is changed, then return back to zero so the bolt can stop the blade and it is 90 degrees to the table. The most important step is to check the indicator if it points to zero or not. Make sure it points to zero.
The next step is to check whether the fence is at 90 degrees to the table or not. For this, again, take your speed square and place it flat against the fence. Then, lower the blade to the table. Move your speed square against the blade to avoid the teeth area. You will know the blade is adjusted accurately when the speed square makes complete contact with the blade side when you sight down.
If the above method doesn't work for you, then you must check your blade. Your blade could be bent, and therefore it is making inaccurate cuts. Disconnect the power, gently spin the blade with your fingers; if it wobbles, then it means that it's time for a new blade. If it is a while since you last changed your blade, then there is a chance that your blade is not strong enough. In that case, too, look for a new blade for yourself.
Last and the most important thing is practice. If you have adjusted the blade and done all of the above-mentioned procedures, then I think that you require some more practice. I will highly suggest you practice on different kinds of materials and then move on to your actual project.
I've tried my best to explain the adjusting of a miter saw. Make sure to read it thoroughly and follow all the steps to get the best results. Good luck!! Bye for now!!