Chop Saw vs. Miter Saw: What’s the Difference?

May 13, 2020 9:34 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

The chop saw and the miter saw are fixtures of any shop. However, although the two terms are often used interchangeably, they actually refer to two different types of saws.

While both miter saws and chop saws will have a high-performance motor and other features that allow them to cut through a wide range of materials, each saw is better suited for particular tasks. So, what are the differences between a chop saw and a miter saw in Alaska? Let’s take a closer look so you have a better understanding of which tool you’ll need to use in a particular situation.

Chop saw

A chop saw is a type of stationary power saw that cuts through materials with a single downward cutting motion. There are chop saws designed for both wood or metal materials, and they may also be referred to as “cut-off saws.”

In a chop saw, the blade always stays perpendicular to the table. This type of saw is only able to cut at 90-degree angles to the material. The motor and blade are generally bigger than those found on miter saws, and if you wish to cut steel or other types of metal, it can require an abrasive disc cutting blade.

Miter saw

The miter saw refers to a specific subcategory of chop saw that is capable of making various types of angled cuts, like miter and beveled cuts. This tool allows you to make those accurate chop saw cross cuts at 90 degrees, but also cuts that are angled to any specifications you need. It features a steel blade that you can easily adjust to create angles by twisting some knobs and moving parts of the saw.

Miter saws are able to make straight cuts or cuts to either side up to 45 degrees. The ability to rotate and turn the saw to create those mitered or beveled cuts makes the miter saw an ideal tool for finish carpentry. Molding and baseboards, for example, make use of beveled cuts at the corners for seamless transitions from one wall to the next.

You can also find hand saw versions of miter saws that feature a box with different angle guides allowing you to make cuts with your hand saw at specific angles more quickly and easily.

So, which is going to be the best option for your needs? In general, we’d say that if you intend to do any woodworking, you’re going to want the greater range of capabilities that come with a miter saw. However, if you know you’re only going to be doing framing and home building types of work, you may be able to save some money and just opt for the chop saw, as it will give you larger cutting capacity and there isn’t the same need for the angled features.

For more information about the differences between a chop saw and a miter saw in Alaska, we encourage you to contact the team at Superior Products Inc. today. We’d be glad to answer your questions and help you identify the right equipment for your project.

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