There are a lot of options out there when it comes to miter saws.
So many that it can be really confusing when you’re trying to figure out which one is best for you.
If you’re having a hard time deciding whether you need a sliding or compound miter saw, you’ve come to the right place.
A compound miter saw has a blade that can pivot from right to left. This allows the user to make angled cuts that are usually necessary when cutting molding, picture frames and other objects that need to be cut at an angle.
Being able to pivot like that allows you to make the beveled cuts. It is meant to cut pieces of wood that require cuts on two planes. That is why the compound miter saw is used to make accurate cuts, with its increased range of motion and its stable platform, the user can make cuts that would be difficult on a traditional electric saw.
A sliding compound miter saw is different from the compound miter saw because the slide feature allows the user to cut longer boards. Since the compound miter saw is limited to the space that fits, the sliding compound miter saw has the wood you are cutting move through it. This allows you to work on longer pieces, which sometimes in the construction business is necessary.
It also increases the length of the cut, which can be used for larger pieces of crown molding, either saw is a good addition to your workshop, but depending on what you will be doing will depend on whether you need a compound miter saw, or a sliding compound miter saw.
As a contractor, I use a sliding compound miter saw, as I am usually required to cut longer and thicker pieces. I want to be ready for any problem, but a compound miter saw is a great tool for a handyman or DIYer that is not making these cuts regularly.
You now know the differences between compound miter saws and sliding compound miter saws. Compound miter saws are great for smaller projects and projects that require long materials. Sliding compound miter saws are the preferred miter saw for larger projects with wider materials. Sliding compound miter saws allow you a greater cutting capacity; however, they are more expensive than compound miter saws.
Most woodworking specialists that deal with thicker materials on a regular basis opt for the sliding compound miter saw. If you will not be cutting wider boards or will only need a miter saw occasionally, save your money and opt for a compound miter saw. Most of the time, this saw will give you all of the cutting power you need at a more affordable price.
No matter which saw you choose, make sure to read reviews and find out the best saw in the category that you decide to go with. And more importantly, make sure you know how to use a miter saw safely.
You can find my reviews of both compound miter saws and sliding compound miter saws on this site. Use this information to understand the warranties of each brand and the advantages and disadvantages of each miter saw. No matter which type of saw you choose, you will be able to complete both miter and bevel cuts.