Standards for a Mitre Saw

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Forum topic by deusprogrammer posted 08-01-2011 06:45 AM 1004 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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08-01-2011 06:45 AM

I just wanted to ask…is it normal to have to use a set of standards for a mitre saw? My Skil 12” Compound Mitre saw doesn’t seem to cut the 45 degree angles very accurately unless I use a block I know is a perfect 45 degree angle to line it up first. Is there a way on a Mitre Saw to adjust the stops or adjust the fence to make it perfectly 45 degrees? Or should I just continue playing it safe and using my standards? I also expect to catch flak for using Skil brand anything.

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#1 posted 08-01-2011 06:47 AM

Often the bevel setting can’t be relied on – you have to set the stop for
a perfect 45. The miters should be dead-on.

Higher quality saws have positive shot pin metal-to-metal type arrangement
for the miter settings to common angles. On the saws I’ve owned,
the bevel always had to be fudged.

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#2 posted 08-01-2011 08:14 AM

Most miter saws can be calibrated by adjusting the position of the scale/stops.

-- -Steve, Seattle

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#3 posted 08-01-2011 03:03 PM

If your back fence can be adjusted (and most can), let your saw “snap in” at 45*, then use your standard to set the back fence. That’s how I do both of my miter saws.

-- Adversity doesn't build reveals it.

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