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#1 posted 11-05-2018 06:23 PM

A circular saw (any flavor) is a less than perfect way to get a perfectly square cut. There are too many factors that can go against you. First off, the miter saw itself is not perfect. It has side play, bearing tolerances to contend with. The blade itself, especially thin kerf blades have problems. Because of their thinness, the blade will “flutter” due to changes in density of the wood being cut. Feeding the blade too aggressively can cause the blade to drift. Poorly set teeth can cause the blade to pull to one side. In other words, the miter saw is not the saw to use if a perfect cut is to be made. Table saws are much better for that, but again, the blade makes a big difference.

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