Compound miter saw is a type of miter saw. Miter saw is also known as mitre saw, chop saw, drop saw.
Compound miter cut refers to operate electric saw on its both of its axes at the same time. Saw blade of the compound miter saw can turn left and right for miter cutting, or it can be tilted in a single direction for miter cutting. Compound miter saw has more pro tech. It works in the same way as standard miter saw. The difference is that compound miter saw blade has a pivot arm (stand), which can be tilted to an angle other than 90°. This means that in addition to bevel cuts, you can also do miter cuts.
Tips: Bevel vs. Miter
Bevel cut is performed by tilting saw blade at a certain angle. When bevel cutting, you usually cut diagonally against the thickness of wood, not along the width of wood. Miter cut is to cut along an angle of wood with the vertical drop of saw blade.
Compound Miter Saw & Sliding Miter Saw
In principle, these two power saws belong to a kind of miter saw. The difference is that the sliding miter saw has a guide rail, which can slide back and forth and allow saw blade to move back and forth on material. The sliding miter saw can cut materials that cannot be touched by compound miter saw blade.
In contrast, advantage of the compound miter saw is that it does not have a guide rail, so it does not interfere with the cutting arm. This means it is more suitable for cutting thick materials.
Single Bevel Miter Saw & Double Bevel Miter Saw
Single bevel miter saw and double bevel miter saw are two basic types of compound miter saws.
Single bevel miter saw can pivot to cut angles on the left or right. It can also bevel cut in only one direction. When the single bevel miter saw is used for compound miter cutting, it can be operated on both axes at the same time. However, if you need to make a matching cut, you must continue to flip the workpiece and reset the angle, and then perform the second bevel cut to ensure the most accurate results.
With the double bevel miter saw, compound miter cutting can be done on the left and right directions without turning the workpiece. Use the pivoting arm to turn the electric saw accurately. Dual bevel miter saw provides the greatest convenience and the widest range of left and right compound angles, thereby saving workforce.
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