A miter saw, also known as a "chop saw," is a circular saw that is mounted on a frame. It is designed to be portable and to make very accurate angled cuts between 45 and 90 degrees. The compound miter saw can cut at an additional angle in order to cut bevels. Miter saws are predominately used in cutting wood but can also be used to cut plastics and light metals. Like any power tool, it is important to follow some safety rules to protect yourself. The following are some guidelines to keep yourself safe while operating you miter saw:
1) Wear protective gear. Make sure to protect your eyes with safety goggles or safety glasses that currently meet national safety standard. Wear a full protective face mask when needed or dust mask for dusty projects (some of dust from projects can contain harmful chemicals). It is also recommended to wear hearing protection (such as ear plugs) with extended use of a miter saw.
2) Avoid wearing any loose clothing. Do not wear anything that could possibly get in way or fall into path of saw. This would include loose clothing, jewelry such as earrings, neck ties, gloves, or any dangling object. Remember to tie back long hair.
3) Keep miter saw clean. The miter saw and area around miter saw should always be clean and free from debris. Also, inspect material to make sure it is free from nails and any other foreign objects before cutting.
4) Maintain a sharp miter saw blade. Always use a miter saw blade that is sharp and undamaged.
5) Do not over reach. Keep a secure footing and do not over reach. Never attempt to reach around miter saw while it is on.