What’s different about a Chop Saw and a Miter Saw?

 What is a Chop Saw

  The term chop saw applies to stationary power tools that cut materials with a downward, chopping motion. It often refers only to metal-cutting saws, called cut-off saws. The blade on a chop saw remains perpendicular to the table and is only capable of performing 90- degree.

The chop saw is typically has a bigger motor and blade than a miter saw. It is can be used for steel cutting by deploying an abrasive disc cutting blade. Both chop saws and miter saws have a high performance motor and a variety of features to make it the perfect tool for a wide range of cutting applications. Each saw has unique capabilities and applies to different task.

Features of the Miter Saw

   The term miter saw typically applies to chop saws capable of creating angled cuts, such as bevel cuts and miter cuts. A miter saw is an extremely handy tool. It allows you to make perfectly accurate crosscuts (90 degrees) as well miter cuts angled to your exact specifications. It is a steel blade with more user friendly angle adjustment generally intended for wood and non ferrous metals.


    They can come in the form of a power tool or a hand saw, set on a swivel joint. A miter saw can make a straight perpendicular cut or it can be adjusted to either side to make cuts up to and including a 45-degree angle.The rotating and turning ability of the miter saw creates mitered and beveled cuts that apply to finish carpentry projects, particularly molding and baseboard installation.


    If you’re going into woodworking, the miter saw is the best option. If you’re going into home building — more particularly, framing — the chop saw is more capable due to its bigger cutting capacity.Both saws are used in a similar manner, but distinct capabilities make the two saws different from each other.