Woodworking enthusiasts and construction professionals use a miter saw to precisely cut wood and other materials. The saw blade is mounted on an arbor so the blade can cut through wood and other materials that require straight, precise cuts. The arbor is aligned with a long, thin hole in the frame, which allows materials to be cut clean through. The arbor's size generally depends on the size of the saw and the saw blade.

Construction worker using a miter saw
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A miter saw is generally used in construction projects.

Miter Saw

A miter saw generally comes in three standard sizes: 8 inch, 10 inch or 12 inch. All three sizes can accomplish large cutting tasks. A specific blade is used with each size miter saw. The blades are designed for different types of cutting requirements. Standard-size miter saws are available at many retail stores. Construction suppliers and manufacturers sell larger and custom miter saws.

Blades

Miter saw blades come in various tooth counts for different types of cutting. The blade is typically made from carbide, and its tooth count is between 24 and 80 teeth. The blade has several types of teeth for cutting different materials and densities. The blade can be changed on many models to customize the cut of the miter saw.

Arbor

The arbor size is standard for each standard size miter saw. For 8-inch and 10-inch miter saws, the standard arbor size is 5/8 inch. Miter saws that are 12 inches require a 1-inch arbor. Retail miter saws are sold with an arbor and bevel. The bevel can be adjusted to cut wood at different angles.

Accessories

Miter saws are sold with a variety of accessories. The specifications generally include the miter saw's rotations per minute, size, the motor speed and arbor size. Some miter saws have a mounted laser for a precise cut at angles up to 47 degrees.