I am having problems with my Delta 12" compound miter saw. It started a
while ago, but first only with hardwoods such as oak: when I tried to cut a
piece of rel. thin chair-rail molding with the blade tilted to 45 degrees,
it would just totally shred the wood, instead of cleanly cutting it. Now I
am having problems with softwoods: when making a standard cross-cut
(everything at 90 degrees) through a relatively hard piece of pressure
treated 2x6, I noticed that the blade seems to flex as evidenced by saw
marks on the side of the piece after cutting. Also, while pressing the saw
through the wood, the cutting feels very rough. I visually checked the
blade and the it looks OK, all the teeth are still there. I am still using
the original Delta blade, which is a 12" 40-tooth ATB blade. It looks to me
like a thin-kerf blade.
the blade is to be blamed, what blades would you recommend - for simple
framing (2-by wood) versus hardwoods such as oak? If possible, please
include some suggestions that are not too $$, I don't use the miter saw for
the absolutely most demanding jobs (I have a pretty nice blade in my table
saw for that). However, getting big saw marks on the side of the cut is
Thank you for your help!
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: I am having problems with my Delta 12" compound miter saw.
: Thank you for your help!
Hmm. Change the blade, if problem persists it's the axle/bearings on
motor or the likes; if not, it's the blade.
With the saw off and everything at 90
degrees, if you grab the handle and
move it firmly from side to side, does
everything "flex" quite a bit? Some
miter saws just do this more than others.
The really high end 1,000.00 or more
miter saws (yes, you can pay that much)
are so heavily made that they aren't
even portable. My De Walt doesn't have
that problem much and it was pretty
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