Last time, we talked a bit about how much we love our power tools, including what we believe to be the best Bosch mitre saws. Of course, we’re probably biased because they’re the ones we chose, but at the same time, why would we have spent good money on them if we didn’t believe that to be true. After all, they’re by no means the cheapest, weighing in at around £300 each.
To get the best results, you’ll need to change the blades regularly, or at least after a sensible amount of use. The more you use your chop saw, the more often it will need replacing. Don’t think you’re being frugal by ‘getting the most out of it’ as the wood you’re chopping will likely cost a lot more to replace than the blade itself, and the quality of the cut and angle will quickly degrade once you’re past the point of needing to swap it out.
As with most things, you’ll be advised by the instruction book and probably the store you bought it from to only use the genuine parts, but many saws have compatible parts available, so have a good dig around on the web to see if you can find cheaper versions with good reviews. Naturally, not all 3rd party versions are created equal, so saving 20% on the cost of a blade is a false economy if you have to replace it twice as often!
You may even want to have a range of blades to use interchangeably with your mitre saw, because (believe it or not) they can be designed to achieve different results. For example, if you use one with a positive hook (meaning that each ‘tooth’ on the blade hooks into the wood as it spins) it will slice through the wood much faster than one with a negative hook, used for more high precision tasks. Obviously, you’ll choose the blade to used based on what you’re trying to achieve.
While we’re on cut quality, lets finish with a quick tip that far too many new wood workers seem to be unaware of. When you make a cut, it’s always best to let the blade come to a halt with the saw in the down position. So, when you place to wood to cut and pull down the blade to complete the slice, be sure to allow the spin to stop before letting it up again. This reduces the chance of ruining the care you’ve taken to ensure the maximum accuracy on the ‘way back up’ and also reduces wear on the blade, so you should need to replace it lass often.
That’s it for today – see you next time!