Yes, it sure can. Can a miter saw rip wood from a jointer?
I guess it could, but you wouldn’t be able to rip as straight and true. When I saw the miter saw on my first attempt to rip wood, I was able to do it in a circle, and I had never really tried to rip wood. I ended up tearing out the entire joint, as all my other attempts had done. When I saw a miter saw on a second attempt, all things changed. I could rip straight, and cut straight. I actually didn’t have to cut at all. I could go down the middle and rip all the way. Then I couldn’t feel the blade. The handle made this thing super comfortable, and it was extremely quiet when cutting my first time.
We don’t know how well it does on plywood, where the wood can’t really cut. In general, a miter saw can rip through just about any of it. For that kind of work, a miter saw will be your best friend. If your lumber is cut properly, and you’re able to rip it, then your cutting performance is stellar, with far superior results to using a hand saw.
Can a miter saw cut through wood with nails?
Nope! Miter saws don’t cut through nails. You would think that by now they would be able to, but that is not the case.
In theory, when you are cutting through a nail, the speed of your motor is very different from when working with wood that’s soft. One is much, much faster than the other.
What does that mean?
It means that you can’t use a hand saw with a nail to cut through wood that’s softer. However, you can still cut with a miter saw with a nail.
You said the motor in the miter saw has an enormous gear change, but a miter saw with two gears with two teeth doesn’t have any gears at all.
Right. One and one doesn’t work very well. Two gears means you can drive the gears in one way, while the other is driven by the teeth in the other gear. This can be helpful, as the two gears on the miter saw will rotate around a common axis, while the two teeth on the hand saw will spin around an axis with different angles. For example, if you use a miter saw with a gear with more teeth
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