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OK I have seen on woodworking shows and on you tube people using sliding miter box . I have a 12inch sliding miter box and when i use it I pull the head back and I have seen other push head forward to cut .I guess that if it works for you there is really no problem but what do manufacturer says is there some hard rule on this subject. For years I have always pull I never owned a radial arm saw but used them and the person who show me how told me to pull and when i say pull I really mean let the saw do the work my hand does have some pulling in it but it just to keep the saw for gain speed coming back. When I was leaning the person told me that it safer to put the wood up against the fence and then start your cut the reason was that you don’t have head unit out and then trying to find your mark for the cut.To me it does not matter what way you use both can cause kick back. I’m just looking to see what the manufacturer says because I cant find any information on this subject and I bet that if a hundred answer there fifty pull and fifty push.Thanks

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#3 posted 1639 days ago

either or both. Sometimes it depends on which side of the material I wish to guard against tearout and which side is facing up. If I don’t want tearout on the side that is facing down I pull the saw out and push on the cut. Vice versa if the finish side is facing up I cut on the pull. If I want to guard against tearout on both sides of the material I will cut on the pull partially through the material and and then cut the rest of the way through the material on the push.

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#4 posted 1639 days ago

Push. Don’t own one, but used them a lot. When you push, you are going in the direction the blade wants to move the stock, and the fence is helping you keep it in place… Not sure I am explaining it right, but it’s listed as a safety thing in the manuals of every SCMS I have seen…

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#5 posted 1639 days ago

i pull it out to the edge of my stock, line it up, then start the cut there n push it in. pulling is more for a radial arm saw

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#6 posted 1639 days ago

I know pushing feels more under control to me…

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#7 posted 1639 days ago

ya the radial ar saw just feels so dangerous with the power it has let alone it gets pulled out.

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#9 posted 1638 days ago

I have a 12” slider too … I pull the saw out … check it on my mark and then power it on and push the spinning saw back through the wood … that way I am going with the motion of the spinning blade and have it help keep the wood against the fence until it is cut through … I figure it has less chance of kicking out that way too …

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#11 posted 1638 days ago

Pulling will cause kick back much easier .

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#12 posted 1638 days ago

The correct way is to come all the way out, plunge into your material and push back.

That said,”I” push and/or pull depending on the piece.
“Pulling” takes a little technique, and can be dangerous, but yields less tear-out on the top of your material.
“Pushing” tends to give a better cut edge, especially if you pull the saw out past your material before you plunge.

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