How to Keep Your Miter Saw in Amazing Shape

Mar 13, 2018

For making miter cuts and crosscuts few tools are better than a miter saw. A miter saw is extremely accurate and can allow you to make precise cuts at just the angles.

A traditional miter saw has a single blade mounted on a swing arm which has enough freedom of movement to pivot horizontally for the perfect cut. That makes a miter saw the ideal tool cutting crown mouldings and window casings.

In the same way that a custom band saw can come with unique features like dual-bearing blade guide rollers and blade tracking adjustment, miter saws can be customized for your purposes.

For instance, compound miter saws, are designed for tilting in one direction for beveled cuts while dual-compound miter saws take things one step further with their ability to tilt in either direction (left and right) for making bevels at any angle you choose. 

Keep Your Miter Saw Spotless 

Ensuring that your miter saw stays in tiptop shape as the years roll by starts with checking that the blade of your miter steers clear of debris. 

The blade and metal components of your miter saw can deteriorate and rust if sawdust and other detritus isn't removed after use. Wood shavings can also get caught up in your saw and prevent the parts from working smoothly. 

A blower or shopvac is the easiest and safest way to remove wood shavings, but a compressed air duster can also work. Just make sure to wear safety goggles. 

Keep your miter saw maintained every day by gently wiping off the blade with a custom blade brush or soft-bristled wire brush with a touch of detergent after every use.

Be especially  careful around the teeth and check to make sure that your miter saw's blade is dry, in order to prevent rusting. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. 

Keep Your Miter Well-oiled 

Occasionally, lubricating your miter saw with turbine oil is a good way to guarantee that it runs smoothly when you need it for woodcutting projects. 

But what parts of your miter saw should you lubricate and how much turbine oil do you really need to use? The good news is that a couple of drops can go a long way. 

The miter and the bevel, safety guard, and the hinge that keeps the back of the saw in place should all get a little lubrication from time to time. Doing so increases your saw's efficiency, reduces friction, and improved longevity. 

Using too little turbine oil may be slightly worse than using too much oil, but you really don't want to be working with a saw with a bunch of grease in it. 

Here's how to safely remove a miter saw blade for routine cleaning. Remember, a couple of drops. 

Sharpening Your Miter's Blades 

Part of the magic of owning and using a miter saw is being able to make extremely precise cuts at any angle. Initially, the teeth on the blades of a miter saw are extremely sharp, but they have a way of dulling down over time. 

You can sharpen the blade of your miter saw with a diamond file that will allow you to hone the teeth of your miter saw's blades

Whether you're cleaning, lubricating, or sharpening the blades on your saw, do your absolute best to come at it with presence of mind and a dedication to safety. 

If you aren't completely confident if what you're doing or have more questions about saw maintenance, contact Echols Saw and Supply at (602) 278 - 3918.