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Which Mitre Saw Do I Need?

For all sorts of carpentry tasks a mitre saw is an essential tool whether it’s a project you’re working on at home or in a professional environment. Here at SGS Engineering we’ve got a broad selection of power tools for many different applications, including a range of quality mitre saws.

If you’re not quite sure what one is used for, or are struggling to decide which mitre saw is best for the task at hand, this guide should clear things up. Even if you don’t need one immediately, adding one to your toolbox means you’ll be thoroughly prepared when the time comes.

What are Mitre Saws?

Mitre saws (or miter) were originally a manual tool that consisted of a saw suspended on rollers that worked with a guiding mitre box to make accurate crosscuts. They have largely been replaced by power tool versions, as available here at SGS Engineering, which undertake the same work effortlessly.

The mitre saw pulls a spinning, circular blade down onto and through a piece of wood or workpiece that is held in place, usually at a 90° angle. The angle can be easily changed depending on the desired cut and mitre saws with different blade sizes for various purposes are available.

Why Should You Use a Mitre Saw?


Mitre saws have various applications but the main use of them is for making crosscuts and mitres in a workpiece. They are essential for framing and the cutting of moulding, also to ensure the finest cut joints for window and door trim, baseboard and crowns. From carving out the initial joint to slicing off a small amount to create the perfect fit, mitre saws are up to both tasks.

For exterior work, such as putting together garden decking, mitre saws’ precise cutting action is ideal for elements that require intense accuracy. Mitre cuts are necessary for the corners of most decking and bevel cuts, which are possible with compound mitre saws, and can be used on the hand rails where applicable.

What Mitre Saw is Right for the Task?

If you’re asking ‘which mitre saw do I need?’ then it’s important you consider the task and where you’re likely to be undertaking it before purchasing one.

Types of Mitre Saw

Regular mitre saws deliver a straight cut through pieces of wood and timber. The depth depends on the size of the saw’s blade and those with an adjustable base, such as in the Ryobi line, mean the angle can be changed to suit your requirements.

Compound Mitre Saw

The majority of DIYers will invest in compound mitre saws as they allow the arm of the saw to be adjusted to the left or right, usually with the bevel settings, for making more complex cuts. This makes them ideal for skirting joints, boxing in and MDF work.

Sliding Compound Mitre Saw

These are essentially compound mitre saws with the added bonus of sliding out on a rail to extend the cutting width for working on larger pieces of wood. They're a great tool for cutting larger material such as worktops, boards, decking and sheet materials.

Corded and Cordless

If you’re going to be doing a lot of work with a mitre saw in your garage or workshop at home, then a corded saw will be more powerful for working on tougher material. However, for exterior work or on projects where a power source cannot be found, one of the fantastic cordless mitre saws are essential.

Compare the Range

Milwaukee MS216SB 216mm 240V Slide Mitre Saw

This Milwaukee mitre saw has a 216mm blade which delivers large and accurate cut capacities. Durability and accuracy is achieved through a heavy duty cast base, fence and dual vertical steel rails with linear bearings that deliver a smooth sliding action.
The mitre saw has a powerful frame-less motor which delivers 6000rpm providing fast cutting power for the user.

To cut lines perfectly and quickly, this mitre saw is fitted with an adjustable laser, to achieve perfect and quick alignment to cut line. The mitre saw has a 48°/-2° bevel capacity and a release system for quick and smooth change of the cutting orientation. The mitre saw also has an LED light to illuminate your work area. Internal twin rails give stability and ability to work with the back of the machine against a wall, ideal for your home garage.

Ryobi EMS254L 2000W 254mm Compact Sliding Mitre Saw

The Ryobi compact mitre saw is ideal for multiple applications including cutting worktops, boards, decking and sheet materials. The saw is surprisingly compact and lightweight and benefits from forward sliding bars allowing you to work against a wall. This saw benefits from 50° left and right mitre capacity bevel capacity from -2° to 47°.

Despite the compact size, this mitre saw still holds its own in terms of versatility and power; the extra wide side extensions provide support when working with timber, and the 2000W motor provides up to 4,500rpm for seamless cutting. Safety is provided through the “Lock-On” switch and the LiveTool indicator. At a glance you'll see the tool has power, with the blue Livetool indicator light.

Milwaukee M18FMS254-0 18V 254mm Fuel Mitre

This mitre saw can cut up to 307 cuts in 38mm x 89mm soft wood accurately and repeatedly with the steel detent plate. The Milwaukee saw has a 254mm blade delivering large and accurate cut capacities. Whilst the powerstate™ motor gives you up to 2x longer life and 25% more power.

Maximum support is given to the materials being cut with the large sliding fences which also provides accuracy and stability. The mitre saw uses redlink plus™ intelligence system which stops the tool and battery overloading. The mitre saw also uses red lithium-ion™ battery pack which gives the user up to 2.5x more run time, 20% more power and up to 2x more battery life. The battery can also be operated down to -20°C than other lithium-ion technologies.

Milwaukee M18SMS216-0 18V 216mm Slide Mitre Saw 

This Milwaukee slide mitre saw has a 216mm blade paired with an incredible 2700rpm provides fast and accurate cutting power. The Mitre Angle Fine Adjust with Detent Override makes it simple to dial-in precise mitre angles. The heavy duty cast base boasts durability and accuracy thanks to fence and dual vertical steel rails with linear bearings that deliver a smooth sliding action.

To cut lines perfectly and quickly, the mitre saw is fitted with an adjustable laser whilst you can achieve repeat accurate cuts, using the steel detent plate with preset angles is ideal to use along with the lock lever/handle over mold which reduces fatigue and maximises comfort. The saw has a 48°/-2° bevel capacity and a mitre saw release system for quick and smooth change of the cutting orientation. The mitre saw also has an LED light to illuminate your work area.

Table Saw and Stand

A table saw (also known as a saw-bench) while similar to to a mitre saw, on the other hand itis great at cutting plywood sheets, since it doesn’t have the same depth limitations. You can also use it to cut lumber, though if it starts to get on the thicker side, it may get difficult, as you’ll have to adjust the blade height to make sure it goes all the way through. Table saws are able to make your work much more clean cut and precise which makes measuring for your projects and fitting the pieces together later on a much more easy task.

The Milwaukee M18FTS210-B Table Saw with One-Key generates the power to cut 190 meters of 19 mm OSB board on one 12.0 Ah battery charge. An all metal frame provides durability for daily job site use. This is the industry’s first Table Saw that wirelessly connects to a smartphone to Track and manage a tool’s performance and location.

The Milwaukee saw stand is designed to be used with the Milwaukee M18FTS210 table saw. The portable folding stand features all steel construction to handle the conditions of a jobsite. Light weight at only 6.6kg makes it easy to transport. Whilst quick release brackets hold the saw firmly in place, removing any possibility of movement while cutting.

Still need help?

Our in house experts are always on hand for buying advice and to provide bespoke care, regardless of the application.

Call SGS on 01332 576 850 or fill out our contact form today.

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