Need advice - wonky miter saw

oceannaDecember 8, 2007

I have a compound miter saw that doesn't cut the angle it says it will -- it's a little off. I thought it was just me, but my son tried to use it, swore at it, and ran home to get his own. Should I landfill with it, or can these be re-calibrated somehow?

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What make/model is it? Does any hardware look distorted?
Does it wobble in directions that it shouldn't (side-to-side)?
My first thought would be that the hinge bolt is loose. Take care working around it, though. It's spring-loaded.

    Bookmark   December 8, 2007 at 8:31AM
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Another possible cause is that the fence is out of alignment. Usually there's a way to adjust this.

miter saw alignment

    Bookmark   December 8, 2007 at 6:16PM
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Randy, I'd have to do some gymnastics to get at it right now to give you answers. I don't remember it wobbling, but I will check all the bolts on it. In terms of years it's not young, but in terms of usage it sure is.

Bobsmyuncle, thanks for that link! I've book marked it. I'm going to be hauling that saw out again within a few weeks for a job I want to do, and I'll consult with that and see if I can fix it.

Thank you both!

    Bookmark   December 9, 2007 at 12:32AM
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Checking with a square or triangle is good, but I prefer to grab a scrap that has parallel sides and make some test cuts. Generally this will double the amount of error when you put the cut edges together and allows you to get spot on.

    Bookmark   December 9, 2007 at 12:47PM
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