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A miter gauge is a miter slot, which allows a woodworker to cut small pieces of wood parallel to an imaginary line. The miter gauge saw is similar to the jigsaw in its ability to perform this action. The major difference is that a jig saw can only be used to cut wood along a straight edge. On the other hand, a miter saw can cut along both horizontal and vertical planes of the material being cut.

There are two common forms of this tool in the workshop - the band saw and the table saw. The table saw is designed to be used more often for cutting small woodworking tasks like paper or small boards. Band saws are used more for detailed woodworking like crosscutting large boards. The main differences between these two tables saw options are in their cutting capacity and in their versatility.

A band saw has a miter gauge built into its blade. The miter gauge is a mechanical device that measures the angle of a cut. This measure, the "cut-to-square" angle, is always measured in degrees. Because woodworkers often work with small, narrow tables, this number becomes important. The miter gauge determines how many inches a piece of wood can be safely cut at any given angle. When the miter gauge indicates a particular number, the table saws corresponding blade has a corresponding miter slot.

Most table saws have a miter slot, but some have additional fences built into them. A fence is simply a piece of metal that surrounds a blade. It ensures that the blade will actually cut into a material, rather than deflect around it and cause wasted material. Miter slots are usually made out of steel, but there are other metals that work just as well. The fence is built into the motor itself.

Having a long warranty on a miter gauge is another great feature to look for when purchasing a power tool. Power tools are a large investment and most manufacturers offer a limited lifetime warranty on the motor itself, plus a standard three-year warranty on the frame and two year warranty on the blade and fence. This is the maximum you can get for your piece of equipment, so having a great build quality is also a good idea.

Another thing to look for is if the company offers any type of extended warranty program. A miter gauge can break very easily if it is used incorrectly, so finding a company that offers an extended warranty program is a great idea. Companies that sell power tools usually have extended warranties anyway, so finding one that does not take away from what you actually paid for the table saw in the first place. Of course, there are also the companies that do not offer any warranties at all, so make sure that you do not purchase from these companies either. You should always get a warranty with your power tools if possible and extended warranty programs are even more important in today's world because your saw can get faulty on you fairly quickly.

When it comes to Miter Gauges themselves, there are basically two types of miter cuts that you can make with this piece of equipment. The basic miter is horizontal and is a simple cut that is commonly made across lumber that is too long for a flat bevel. There are some things you can do to increase your accuracy and durability with the miter, such as raising the fence of the table saw so that it is at the same level as your miter gauge blades.

A ten-inch blade is the minimum size for a table saw with a Miter Gauge, but it is still relatively small when compared to what many craftsmen like to use. There are some craftsmen who prefer a much longer blade, sometimes even reaching an approximate 100-inch blade length. Some craftsmen also want to use very heavy duty fence wheels, which may be hard for you to find or extremely expensive. Regardless, of your exact needs, safety features are critical. Make sure that you look at the actual Miter Gauge and its various safety features and compare them to your saw's minimum requirements, and then choose one that meets those requirements.

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