The following safety rules should help to make sure that you use your saw in the proper way and keep yourself safe.
The first thing that you have to do in order to make sure that you are safe when you are using your mitering saw is to make sure that you are dressed appropriately.
Safety tips to folllow
There are no hard rules here but the two big things are to make sure that you are comfortable and that you have no loose clothing. This is particularly important when it comes to sleeves, you can have long sleeves and in many instances they are the best option but they can’t hang loose otherwise there is a risk that they will get caught in the saw.
Get the right gear
Any time that you are using a power saw you have to make sure that you protect your eyes. Therefore eye protection needs to worn every time you use your miter saw. You are also going to want to make sure that you use hearing protection as well. Most people ignore this but the fact is a miter saw is more than loud enough to damage your hearing so you need to make sure that your ears are protected.
When it comes to the actual saw itself you are going to want to make sure that it is in good working order before you start cutting anything. All miter saws come with a blade guard, do not remove or disable this. You also want to make sure that it does not bind when you are lowering or raising the saw.
Check the blade
The next thing that you want to check on is the blade you want to make sure that it is both sharp and that it is properly installed. Using a dull blade can be very dangerous so you will need to make sure that you have a sharp one. It is also important to make sure that the saw blade is properly attached to the arbor, otherwise it could come loose while you are using the saw and do all kinds of damage. When you are checking the blade or doing any other kind of work on the saw make sure that you unplug it first.
When it comes time to use your miter saw it is important that you make sure that you use it in the correct way. The big thing is to make sure that you use the fence, it is there for a reason. The fence on a miter saw is there to help hold the piece that you are cutting in place, make sure that you use it. Trying to make a cut freehand is dangerous, it could result in the piece you are cutting being lifted by the saw and thrown back at you.
As you use the saw it will start to collect a lot of saw dust as well as small pieces of offcuts, they will get in the way if you don’t clean them off periodically. It is best to stop every few minutes to just give the saw a quick dust and make sure that it is clear and ready for use.
The last word
The last safety tip is probably the most important, pay attention to what you are doing. A lot of people seem to forget that miter saws can be very dangerous and as a result they really don’t pay attention the way that they should. Watch what you are doing at all times, keep your hands away from the blade and make sure that you follow all of the safety rules.