When compared to your basic mitre saw or even a compound mitre saw, the double bevel comes out on top in lots of ways.
In this article, we’ll be looking at why and what are the differences that makes this the stand-out mitre saw.
We will also be looking at which jobs a double bevel mitre saw is perfect for and what features are available.
So let’s start with the basics…!
Basic Mitre Saw, Compound or Double Bevel?
A basic mitre saw though good for many projects can not do bevel cuts. These are perfect for making crosscuts and working on not overly complex projects. If you want a saw to do mitre cuts only, then a basic mitre saw may be for you.
A compound mitre saw can do mitre cuts and bevel cuts. However it is only able to bevel in one direction and for most jobs, this will be fine – though not for every job!
If using a compound mitre saw when making vertical angled bevel cut, this can only be done in a single direction.
When it comes to making the same bevel cut on the other side of the board or material, you are unable to use the blade to bevel in that direction. So in order to make the cut, you have to remove the piece of material and turn it over. This can result in having to spend time getting the placement correct again and everything lined up perfectly.
Forget all that when it comes to a double bevel mitre saw!
What is so good about a double bevel mitre saw?
The blade can bevel cut in either direction, it can also tilt both side, right and left allowing you to make angled bevel cuts vertically in either direction. Providing a high degree of versatility and functionality, not to mention saving in time!
One big advantage when using a double bevelled mitre saw is that it is generally more precise than a single bevel mitre saw as you are able to have greater accuracy when selecting the bevel and degree of angle.
Due to the fact you never have to flip the material over, you never have to worry about keeping the placement or material in the same position as it is the saw you are flipping over.
Some of the top-of-the-range double bevel mitre saws come with added features. These include things like stops that are activated by your thumb, providing greater convenience and the ability to make adjustments to the speed more easily.
An identifying feature in the appearance of the double bevel mitre saw is that between the fence there is a V-shaped sement. This assists with any right and left angled cuts.
We have mentioned that a double bevel saw gives you much more precision when it comes to angles but let’s look at that in a little more detail…
A double bevel will give you the ability to choose angle ranging from 0 to 45 degrees and on some models up to 60 degrees. Having this amount of control over the angle can be tremendously useful for DIYers and Hobbyists alike.
One common feature you may find in double bevel mitre saws is that they have a sliding function. This means that the saw head can move back and forth on a rail. One major positive from this is that they are able to cope with larger pieces of material.
You may find that you are able to buy a sliding compound mitre saw, however, it is very unlikely to offer the level of power and precision you get from a double bevel, unless of course you increase your budget but then you are likely to be in the double bevel price bracket so why not go for gold?
Who should buy a Double Bevel Mitre Saw?
A Double Bevel Mitre Saw is for you if…
- You are working on jobs at a professional level
- You have a hobby that requires you to be working on jobs frequently
- You want to save time by not flipping the board to cut both sides
- You expect to be working on custom and handcrafted jobs or complex crown moulding
- You will be working on a large range of projects
A double bevel mitre saw can be considered to be one of the most functional and flexible types of mitre saws.
They are accurate and will do mitre cuts and bevel cuts with ease and precision.
The great thing is that these types of mitre saws will do everything your standard mitre saw and compound saw will do, but so much more!
While a double bevel mitre saw may be more expensive upfront in terms of cost, it offers the flexibility that means you may not have to purchase a mitre saw only to find you need to do bevel cuts further down the line and end up needing to buy a compound saw too. When you look at it like that, it seems like the right investment, don’t you think?
So if you’re looking for the ultimate in mitre saws then it is definitely worth considering a double bevel mitre saw.