Cutting Edge Technology: Chop Saw vs Miter Saw

For making those DIY Tables or Home Improvements or even if you’re a Professional into a trade that requires Metal and Wood Works, a Motorised Saw is something that needs to be selected after careful check and balance. And by any chance if you decide to visit the nearest Home Depot and just get on with purchasing your Cutting Saw, you’ll be presented with first question “Chop Saw or Miter Saw?”. Now for all the preparedness that you might have mustered to answer this question there are always some trade secrets that you need to know before making the decision.

Chop Saw vs. Miter Saw (are these really the only two choices?)

Chop Saws and Miter Saws are Metal Cutting Equipment with Radial Cutter Blades installed for Cross Section Cutting by Abrasion or Cold Blade Working. That’s the technical version of it, in our terms its used for cutting metals, sheets, wood, lumber anything in designed formats for Product Design and Fabrication. They come with fixture for placing the object to be cut and a blade powered by electric motor pressed vertically over the object cross section. Chop Saws are for robust application with Harder Metals, the ones that’d go in adding features to your Beast Ride (Car or Bike) while Miter Saws are used for Intricate and precision cutting, like the ones that yield Ceramic Art or Wooden Fixtures for furniture. But that’s something that everyone knows (or maybe not!!); we’ll give you some trade secrets for knowing your tool of mastery for the local garage/workshop.

Secrets to choose from a Chow Saw or Miter Saw


  • Wood Work or Metal Works, that’s the question?


Chop Saws come with a fixed Object Table that has a immvale jig for holding your object cross sectionally perpendicular to the blade of Saw. Comes in choices of Abrasive and Cutting Blade thus you can choose from Speed and Finer Cross Sectional Graining respectively. Chop saws do the job hard, fast and somewhat non-metrical (meaning not to the measure in absolute accuracy). That’s why they are used in association with a hand held Grinder for fine working. Ideal for your Plumbing and grill installations, Professional Garage Works and heavy Equipment Maintenance; basically Metal Works.

Miter Saw on the other hand have a turntable as object fixture. This way you can almost cut anay angular cross section on the Saw. This one’s perfect for framing and other neat jobs where angles have to be changed for various surface structures. Something that is almost always done for styling those showpiece tables and stools, ceramic abstract art or DIY hacks that we find on Youtube; in short Wood-Works and Related Jobs.


  • Functionality and Features (are they really the factors for your selecting a Saw?)


Chop Saws are always optimized for Construct, Design and Operation to manage any surprises that the material being cut might offer. Blade Covers, Saw Sand Capturing Bags, Spark proof bodies which makes them resistant to any of the mishaps that hard and resilient metals may  provide.

Miter Saws make is never optimized for Alloys, Sparks or Heat produced while cold working, which makes them optimized for Gentler material only. It’s just that most the technical design over here goes into adding features to the Saw.


  • Chop Saws limitation of Angles (wait check before you say so)


It’s not that Chop Saws are rigid creatures of only one cutting angle that 90°; almost all of them come with an adjustable knob to turn the object and fix the job in angular position for desired cut. But for one thing, we said almost and secondly the fixture knob for angular cuts is not that convenient to adjust and eventually it is not the precisely optimized for the vibrational deviation of the Cutting Wheel Effect. But you can still go for it if your job requires very less scope of angular imagination in cross sections.

In turn, Miter Saws come with a Vibration Calibrated fixture in the form of Turntable which can be easily just rotated to adjust and fix the angle. This makes it very functional. Eventually some high end Miter Cutters provide, radial adjustment of Blade on its axis as well providing further functionality in lay angles of cutting job. But that’s something for the Engineering Stuff.

Putting to Bed the age old fight: Chop Saw vs. Miter Saw

So there’s always more to them than, meets the eye; both of them have their equal advantages and the things that both of them can do individually, either can’t do in place of each other.

DIY Enthusiasm never stops at just glue guns and thermocol art, if you’re that passionately into fabricating and maybe inventing things in your backyard; eventually it comes down to more rigorous job works like: Metal Works and Wood Works. If there’s anything that you need for such endeavours, its most of all equipment and guidance. Guidance comes a dozen for dime (even the credible and professional one) from various Open sources like Youtube but equipment is something you need to select based on your capabilities, proficiency and application.

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