A miter saw is an indispensable tool in the modern workshop. You need it to make perfect miter cuts, crosscuts, and other cutting tasks at the workplace. Even the most advanced miter saw still needs proper maintenance in order to keep it in mint condition.
Whether your machine is a DEWALT, Hitachi, Bosch, or Makita brand, you should pay close attention to its working parts in order to detect any faults as soon as they occur.
Lubricate your Machine
A few drops of turbine oil at the moving parts of your miter saw are sufficient to keep the machine in excellent condition. Lubrication should be applied regularly for the best results. According to experts, some of the parts that require regular lubrication are the hinge and the safety guard because they are crucial to the swiftness and functional value of the miter saw.
Oiling of the moving parts is also important in the elimination of dust particles and the prevention of rust. However, the lubrication should be done sparingly.
Clean the Debris
In the process of sawing, miter saws incur the accumulation of debris in the crevices and other parts that may be difficult to reach and clean. The excessive accumulation of debris over a long period impairs the working efficiency of the miter saw. You can use a vacuum cleaner to suck all the debris, saw dust, and any other particles that lodge into the crucial working areas of your miter saw.
If you maintain a cleaning schedule of the debris, your miter saw is likely to develop less technical problems and the quality of work is likely to increase. General cleaning is one of the most of effective ways of miter saw maintenance.
Check and Change the Miter Saw Blade as Necessary
The miter saw blade is one of the busiest parts of the miter saw because it absorbs most of the strain involved in sawing. It is the principle part that determines the quality of your cuts. In the process of work, the blade may develop cracks and bends that compromise the quality of work.
It is important to examine the alignment of the saw and the angling of the teeth just to make sure that they are in the best working order for the next cutting assignment.
In many cases, it becomes necessary to replace the blade with a new one if you notice some gross defects that cannot be repaired.
Check the Fence and Table for Flatness
The fence and table of your miter saw should remain flat if you want an assurance of great results. Many miter saw operators have no clue of how to check for flatness. The simplest way is to use a framing square. You just put it down on the miter saw table and check to see if it reveals any inconsistencies in flatness.
It is also possible to check for irregularities by using a clean sheet of paper. If you notice any major flaws in the flatness and general orientation of the table or fence, then it is time to consult an accredited technician for help. You may also refer to the details of your warranty.