Japanese Saws A family of pull saws known for a thinner blade with crosscut teeth on one side and rip teeth on the other. These saws make cutting dense wood easy by first starting a guide path with the crosscut edge, then switching over to finish the cut with the rip-teeth edge. The Ryoba style is the most useful type.
Ellis Band Saw Features. All saws miter at 45° left or right. The 2000 model miters to 60° left or right. All saws are dry cutting, but can be bought with an optional air system. (Standard with the 4000 model) All saws are shipped with a GP (General Purpose) blade that has been correctly broken-in.
To summarize the difference between a miter saw vs circular saw, the circular saw is by far the more versatile of the two. Miter saws are great for angles, trim, cross-cuts and are worthwhile to invest in if you plan on doing finish carpentry (molding, baseboards, etc). If you HAVE to choose one, choose a circular saw.
Compound Miter Saw (see our pick for best compound miter saw) This is the miter saw on steroids. Compound saws are used to make straight, miter, and compound cuts. Instead of pivoting up and down the way a miter saws cuts, the blade is mounted on an arm that can be adjusted for complex angles, including cuts for complex scrollwork and trim.
An example of a good dual-bevel miter saw is the Milwaukee 6955-20 12″ Sliding Dual Bevel Miter Saw that is designed to make setting precise bevel and miter levels easy with a miter angle fine adjust, and detent override which is a digital display that shows you the correct angle down to one-tenth of a degree.
Top Miter Saws and Table Saws. As with anything, value is the #1 thing to look for if you’re in the market for a table or miter saw; that is to say, the best overall combination of price, performance, and reliability. To help you out, here’s a short list of a few of our favorite miter saws and table saws out there.