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How to Choose Between a Single-Bevel or Dual-Bevel Miter Saw for Your Shop
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Q: I am looking to buy my first miter saw. Is it worth the extra money to get a saw with dual bevel? If I buy a single-bevel saw, how will it limit the saw?

Cutting with a single-bevel miter saw While dual-bevel saws provide great flexibility in cutting angles for moldings, expert Chris Marshall swears by his trusty single-bevel machine for most shop uses.

A: If you’re planning to install lots of crown molding requiring compound miter cuts, a dual-bevel miter saw will give you the full range of compound angles, both right and left, without having to rearrange your moldings on the saw to cut them. But, for general woodworking, a single-bevel miter saw might be all you need. That’s the type I own, and I’ve used it for more than 10 years without wanting for more. Generally, they’re less expensive than dual-bevel models. Either way you go, buy a 12"-diameter saw to maximize your crosscutting width and thickness.

posted on April 1, 2010 by Chris Marshall
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