How to Use Your Miter Saw Properly
One of the most useful tools you have in your workshop is the compound miter saw. However, be aware that a miter saw, like all power tools, can be very dangerous if not used properly. The following safety rules are designed to help you use your saw properly and protect yourself.
The first thing you need to do to make sure you are safe when using your miter saw is to make sure you are properly dressed. There are no strict rules here, but the two big things are making sure you are comfortable and have no loose clothing. This is especially important when it comes to sleeves. They can have long sleeves and in many cases, they are the best option, but they can’t hang loose, otherwise, there is a risk of them getting caught in the saw.
Every time you use a chainsaw, you need to make sure you protect your eyes. Therefore, eye protection must be worn every time you use your miter saw. You should also make sure that you also use hearing protection. Most people ignore this, but the fact is that a miter saw is more than loud enough to damage your hearing. So you need to make sure your ears are protected.
When it comes to the actual saw itself, you should make sure that it is in good condition before you start cutting. All miter saws are supplied with a blade guard. Do not remove or disable it. You also want to make sure that it doesn’t bind when the saw is lowered or raised.
The next thing you want to check is the blade you want to make sure it is both sharp and properly installed. Using a blunt blade can be very dangerous. You must, therefore, ensure that you have a sharp blade. It is also important to ensure that the saw blade is properly attached to the mandrel, otherwise, it may come loose during the use of the saw and cause all kinds of damage. When checking the saw blade or doing other work on the saw, make sure to unplug it first.
If you want to use your miter saw, it is important that you use it properly. The big thing is to make sure you use the fence, it’s there for a reason. The fence of a miter saw is used to hold the part to be cut in place. Make sure you use it. Trying to make a cut freehand is dangerous. This can result in the part to be cut being lifted off the saw and thrown back onto you.
When you use the saw, it collects a lot of sawdust and small pieces of remnants. These are annoying if you do not clean them regularly. It is best to stop every few minutes to quickly wipe the saw and make sure it is clear and ready for use.
The last security tip is probably the most important. Pay attention to what you are doing. Many people seem to forget that a miter saw can be very dangerous, so they really don’t pay attention as they should. Always watch what you are doing, keep your hands away from the blade and make sure you follow all safety rules.