Finding the right miter saw blade is not always that easy, particularly as there are so many different blades on the market right now. Some miter saws need to be used with very specific blades, whereas others can be used with a range of compatible blades. Regardless of what type of saw you have, you may struggle to find the right blade. However, we have made life a little easier for you and reviewed 5 of the very best blades so you can get that little bit closer to finding the right blade for the job. Take a look below for more information:
Some saws come with a slide action that allows the user to cut very wide pieces of wood. If you are looking to use a slide, action saw, you would need to make sure that the blade is suitable for this. If the blade you are using is not suitable for use in a slide action saw, you will need to purchase one that is. The size of the (suitable) blade and its specifications will tell you whether it is suitable for use in this type of saw. If you plan to cut very wide pieces of wood, you will need to use a big blade that has a larger width that can be used in a sliding saw.
Size of blade
The type of blade that you buy will be determined by the type of material you wish to cut. The blade itself will also determine the depth of the cut. A blade that comes with a 30mm bore is ideal for use in a saw that has a 30mm bore. You will need to check your user manual for information about the blade diameters that you can use, so make sure you read up on this and only stick to using blades that are within the suggested minimum and maximum range.
When it comes to the diameter of the blade, you will need to make sure that you use the right size blade as per your saw. If you use a blade that is too large, you may end up damaging the guard that you have fitted, rendering it unsafe. Always use the recommended diameter so you are working safely and effectively.
Some miter saws come with an 8-inch blade, but others have a 10 or 12 inch blade. The size of the saw will depend on the job that you need to do. Some blades are multipurpose, which means they can cut more than one different type of material, but you will find there are also specific blades for use with specific materials. For example, some blades are made to be used with wood, others with aluminum, and others with steel. It is therefore important that you buy the right blade for the job.
How long will it last?
The life of each miter saw blade would differ depending on what material you are cutting, and how well the blade has been made. You can potentially extend the life of your blade if you keep it clean, and only use it with the right materials. You may need to have your blade re-sharpened from time to time, and doing so could extend its life, meaning you could have the same blade for up to 10 years. Once your blade has been re-sharpened, wipe a little bit of oil onto the washers that touch the blade so that it stays lubricated. This will lengthen the blades life, and make cutting so much easier.
Some blades are inevitably better quality than others, meaning some will last a year or two, and others could last 10 times as long. It all depends on how much money you are willing to spend, and how often you use your saw.
How to attach a blade
Attaching a blade to a saw is not that difficult, but the methods you use can depend on the saw’s make and model. However, once you have changed one saw blade, you will know how to change blades on most other models out there.
To begin with, you need to ensure the saw is turned off. Then remove the blade guard by loosening the screw, once you have done that simply move the guard out of the way. Press the spindle lock so that the blade is secure, and then take an Allen wrench and use it to turn the bolt that holds the blade to the saw. Remove the outer washer and dispose of the blade carefully.
Read your user is manual to make sure that you know how to replace the blade. Some makes and models do differ in their replacement guide, so be sure to follow the instructions. Wipe a little bit of oil onto the washers that touch the blade so that it stays lubricated. Now take your new blade and install it so that the teeth are facing down. Put the outer washer back on, and tighten it. Now fasten the bolt with your Allen wrench so it is nice and tight. Now take a screwdriver and attach the blade guard. Your saw blade should now be ready to use.
Should you buy a cheap blade and often or expensive and long-term?
Some miter saw blades can be quite expensive and their price could ultimately prevent you from buying them. Some cheaper models are thought to be just as good as some of the more expensive ones, but some of them are not so great. If you plan to be, using your miter saw a lot, you may want to think about buying a more expensive blade, as you could have the same blade for up to 10 years.
If you are not planning to use your miter saw very often, then a cheaper blade may be ideal. Please make sure that you only ever use a blade that is thought to be compatible with your saw, as using the wrong type of blade could cause serious injury.
As we have already seen, some blades are inevitably better quality than others, meaning some will last a year or two, and others could last 10 times as long. It all depends on how much money you are willing to spend, and how often you use your saw.
Should you buy the same brand as your Miter Saw?
The manufacturers of your miter saw are likely to state that you should only use the saw blades that they recommend. However, some cheaper saw blades are likely to be compatible with your brand, although the quality of the cut may not be quite as good. If you need to use a blade that has a high quality cut, you may want to stick with using the same brand as your miter saw, however if you don’t need a high quality cut, a cheaper brand may work just as well. Please note that if an issue with your miter saw arises while you are using a cheaper blade, your warranty may no longer be valid. It may, therefore, be wise to keep using the right branded miter saws until your warranty expires.
By now, you should have a much better idea about the type of miter saw blade you wish to buy. Think about what you need it for, how often you are going to use it, and of course, how much you are willing to pay for it. Use the above blades as a guide so you are that little bit closer to finding the right miter saw blade for you.
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