We know it’s not an easy decision when choosing your new household machinery, there are several types of saw available and competing offers at hardware stores. You can’t be blamed for picking the most attractive offer and then finding that the machine you’ve bought doesn’t quite suit your needs.
Here at Best of Tools, we’re taking it upon ourselves to give you more information about what a dual bevel miter saw is and what it can be used for so you can make the best decision about what you need to purchase.
Dual-Bevel Miter Saw Guide
Understanding what bevel means
Firstly, we need to understand what bevel means and what cuts a saw can make. There are other things to consider before deciding what type of saw to purchase, such as do you want a fixed saw? Or what size of saw do you need, both of these will be individual needs/preferences.
A dual bevel miter saw comes in a range of makes and styles so we will only cover in this article what the dual bevel miter saw is and can do. The dual bevel miter saw can cut in four ways; cross, bevel, miter, and compound cut can all be performed and a brief description of each is below:
Crosscut – this method of cutting will cut a 90-degree angle up and down the wood.
Bevel cut – this method will cut an angle through the thickness of the wood.
Miter cut – this method will cut a 45-degree angle across the wood.
Compound cut – this method, as it sounds, will make both the miter and bevel cut together.
Understanding what Dual-Bevel means
To be termed a dual bevel saw a saw must have the ability to rotate both rights and left to enable it to bevel in both directions, this means that you are able to leave the wood in place on the bench and twist the saw in the opposite direction to create bevels to both sides.
Whether or not you should purchase a dual bevel miter saw is something worth considering quite thoroughly, although it sounds like an excellent idea they are quite pricey, so unless you’re certain you will need the dual bevel model over the single bevel it might not be worth the expense.
Also, you need to consider the weight of the dual bevel version. If you need a portable saw, this may not be the right purchase for you as dual bevel saws can weigh in quite heavy in comparison to other models of saws that are easier to transport between job sites.
However, the dual bevel miter saw is a saw for a master craftsman. If you are looking to make beautiful molding, this type of saw will suit you well and will make the job a lot more precise and less time-consuming. The range of movement you get from the dual bevel saw will save you the most time, and if you are creating your work in a workshop or fixed room, it is easy enough to set up and use providing you have adequate space to work in.
A dual bevel saw is perfect for custom woodwork and moldings and using this type of saw removes the risk of human error when moving the wood you are working with – something you would have to do with a single bevel saw.
Each time you move the wood you are working with you risk misplacing or catching this and having to begin again, this makes the initial cost outlay of the dual bevel saw worth it when compared to the cost of having to replace pieces of wood and working additional hours if mistakes are made. If woodworking is not how you make your living, this cost may not be worth it, but for professional tradespeople, this piece of machinery can be a game-changer.
We always recommend that you use the tool that suits your needs best so although there are many articles about the best dual bevel saws on the market we counsel you first to consider if it is the right tool for you. If you are looking for a saw for household repairs and small DIY projects, this might not be the best saw for you; however, if this is how you make your living, it is an excellent piece of machinery that will save you time and money in the long run.