Even the best miter saws can have a few problems associated with them.
Any time you are working with a saw that uses a radial arm or a saw that utilizes a sliding blade you should be extremely careful.
If the rotating blade of the miter saw best grabs on to whatever wood or material it is cutting, the force of the blade can make it seem as though the saw is coming right for you.
While that is scary enough, this situation can quickly become very dangerous. The kickback from the miter saw can drag your fingers into the blade which would obviously result in severe injury.
Even more worrisome is that the force from the blade kicking back can throw the material that it is cutting. Hopefully it is just thrown across the room, giving you a scare. Sometimes it will be thrown at you, hitting you somewhere on your body. This can hurt very badly since the saw harnesses an amazing amount of power and force to cut.
Worse still, the kickback force can throw the material so hard into you that it can impale your body. This not only causes extreme pain and injury but can even prove fatal.
To keep yourself safe, you need to do all you can to prevent this from happening. Follow a few simple safety precautions and always be very mindful of what is going on…
- Keep your hands away from the saw blade
- Wear safety goggles and other equipment to protect yourself
- Make sure the blade and angles are locked in properly and always double check before powering up
- Tightly press the material against the fence of the saw
- Never try to cut wet wood
Always ensure your blade is sharp – never use a dull blade