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Old 10-10-2021, 06:17 AM   #1
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Default How many of you Brethren use your compound miter saw to cut down splits?

Wife wanted ideas for for my Christmas list ...and I have nice spot picked out on the work bench. Looking for good, but not to expensive, as I don't do a ton of wood work. Is the Harbor Freight Admiral line worth looking at?
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Old 10-10-2021, 06:34 AM   #2
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I tried it with a 12" HF compound miter saw....didn't work out to well....hard to secure the splits...blade would occasionally catch and snatch to workpiece out of your hand.....
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Any old miter saw will do but you need to be real careful as 55Drum stated the blade can catch and kick back the split. Might want to look at something safer.
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I use a $100 Hitachi miter saw.



The trick to avoid the kickback's, is don't cut all the way through the piece, leave maybe a 1/4" , then break it apart by hand or use a handsaw to finish. The kickback occurs when using irregular shaped pieces of wood, and when the cut goes all the way through, the piece you're not holding moves into the blade.


I've made hundreds of cuts and had maybe four or five kickbacks.



Also, move the saw outside, which you would want to do anyway due to sawdust. The kickback will throw the piece in the direction of the blade.


Wear eye protection, no matter what.



But I use a combo of saws ........... chain saw, reciprocating saw, Kindling Cracker, along with a maul and an Estwing Fireside Friend which may be the best tool I own, its well worth the money.
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I use a bandsaw to cut mine down for the pizza oven. A lot less chance of sending that wood back at you.
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I use a bandsaw to cut mine down for the pizza oven. A lot less chance of sending that wood back at you.

My experience is , it doesn't come back at you. It goes the other way, but it could deflect off something and come back.


Its also best to stand to one side when making a cut. But the sure thing, is don't cut all the way through the irregular piece.


But that's just my experience.


And oh yeah, go slow with the cut.
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Used to use my compound saw until a split did catch, smashed 2 of my fingers back into the back wall of the saw cutting them almost off and smashing them open like stomping on a hot dog. Sewed back on but have no feeling in them, that was about 7 yrs ago.
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Used to use my compound saw until a split did catch, smashed 2 of my fingers back into the back wall of the saw cutting them almost off and smashing them open like stomping on a hot dog. Sewed back on but have no feeling in them, that was about 7 yrs ago.

How large a piece was it ? How irregular was it ?


I keep the size of the pieces at a minimum.


And another tip would be to use another piece of wood to hold the piece being cut.
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Miter saws work well with a bit of forethought..... When positioning the piece you'll want to make sure the cut line can't move forward - no gap between the wood and fence. This might mean one or both ends aren't touching the fence. I'm lucky enough to have a 12" band saw with resaw capability and that's my go to method. As previously posted - wear eye protection and pay very close attention to your work.
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When I cut splits, which isn’t often, I use my Dewalt 12” Miter Saw with a coarse blade, 30-36T. I try to position the split with a flat side against the fence and feed the blade into the piece slowly to avoid it grabbing the piece. The fine tooth blade I usually have on the saw will bind up in the splits.
IF I had a bandsaw, that would be my choice.

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When I cut splits, which isn’t often, I use my Dewalt 12” Miter Saw with a course blade, 30-36T. I try to position the split with a flat side against the fence and feed the blade into the piece slowly to avoid it grabbing the piece. The fine tooth blade I usually have on the saw will bind up in the splits.
IF I had a bandsaw, that would be my choice.

I've wondered if I should be using a different blade, thanks for that.
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Band saw now after a couple of incidents with miter. Last one broke a sizeable chunk of the fence off and that was it for me
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This type of band saw is new to me, how would this work for splits



https://www.harborfreight.com/power-...saw-64194.html


Or how about this Ryobi at Home Depot



https://www.homedepot.com/p/RYOBI-2-...904G/205503634
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You WILL smash or remove fingers, just don't know if it will be your 3rd or 300th cut.
Get a band saw.
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I sure like my large kindling cracker and my fingers.



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