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Miter Saw Safety Tips for Beginners

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Are you new to woodworking?

Do you want to learn the basics about handling power tools but don’t know where to start? Well, a miter saw is one of the most basic tools used in carpentry, so learning how to handle it is a pretty good place to start. But before you can learn that, you should be acquainted with some basic safety tips.

So let’s do just that.

Let’s mention some of the most essential safety tips that every miter saw novice user should be aware of.

Eyes on the Prize


The first rule of safety considers that you should never make hasty moves when using a miter saw.

This implies that you should never, under any circumstances, work while under stress, anxious or annoyed. Your mind should be clear and focused. You don’t want your thoughts to wander off while performing cuts with a miter saw. This kind of behavior can lead to terrible injuries.

Proper Maintenance


Another safety tip for using power tools such as miter saw is to perform regular maintenance.

Now you’re probably thinking, what does this has to do with safety, right?

Well, it has pretty much everything to do with it. Improper maintenance can lead to malfunction, and you don’t want your power tool to start malfunctioning while you’re operating with it. Dull blades, damaged parts, it can all lead to injury when operating with this power tool.

So to avoid all this, maintain your routine of lubricating, changing and replacing broken or damaged parts and you’ll always have a reliable tool in your workshop.

Brake Control


Brakes on a miter saw allow its user to avoid injuries while performing cuts with it. They slow the saw to a point it no longer spins, but only in a certain position.

So where does this feature fit in this safety manual?

When you’re cutting, you’re pulling your miter saw towards the wood piece that you’re operating on. Once you’re done cutting, you should never place the next piece in line.

Why?

Because no matter how well your brakes work, they will never be able to stop the saw instantly. And sliding a new wood piece horizontally towards a saw that’s working at full speed or less is never a good idea. So remember to wait for the saw to stop spinning completely before your slide in your next wood piece for processing.

Safety Precautions


At all times should the safety equipment be present on personnel operating with power tools. You’ll probably see a sign with this inscription on it whenever you’re in a woodworking factory.

The purpose of this sign isn’t decorational, but to remind people working with power tools that they should indeed use safety equipment at all times. Companies that have employees performing with power tools in their factories have penalties for those that not obey the rules. The penalties are staggeringly high and for a good reason. Power tools like miter saw can easily maim anyone who’s foolish enough not to take this power tool seriously.

So make sure that you have your safety headgear, gloves as well as earplugs when using a power tool such as miter saw.

Don’t Cut Pieces Smaller Than 20 cm (8 In)


There a reason why no experienced woodworking man in their right mind will suggest that you should operate with a miter saw on small wood pieces. This is something that everyone knows. This tool isn’t designed to cut pieces smaller than 8 In.

Why? You may ask.

Probably because the tool can damage surface on which the object is, and damage the saw with it resulting in catastrophic events. And no one wants to see a saw jumping out from the rest of the construction, bouncing in a workshop.

So remember to use another power tool, or cut smaller pieces manually with a saw, should you want to avoid injury and breakage.

Miter Saw Safety Tips for Beginners

by Tyler Saunders time to read: 4 min
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