I was testing the saw and tried to make a 45° cut in a board that meas ures exactly 1 1/8" thick by 7 1/8" wide. I positioned the board so that the cut would begin about 5/8" from the end of the board. This was just a random positioning, but in real life I might even use less so as to end up with minimal waste.
Obviously, with a board of that width I had to use the sliding feature of the saw. The cut was going fine until the bottom opening of the blade guard got caught on the corner of the waste piece and stopped the saw from sliding in any farther. Had I anticipated that problem, I would have used the hold down clamp and had a free hand to lift the guard slightly so that it wouldn't have gotten caught.
Is this common to all sliding miters or are there blade guard designs that avoid catching the waste end of the board?