A compound miter saw is a very convenient tool and is a great purchase for those who are into DIY projects. There are however many types and models of miter saws that it may be confusing when it comes to choosing one. Truth is, it all depends on the purpose you want to purchase the miter saw for. It depends on whether you want to do bevel cuts to miter cuts. There is a single bevel and a double bevel miter saw, but there is none which is specifically better, it depends on what you want to achieve with it. Many people have the misconception that double miter saws are better than single miter saws, well that is not necessarily true, it all depends on what you want to do, some of their notable differences include:
Single bevel compound miter saws
With a single miter saw, you can make a cut but only in one direction and hence the name. You can, however, make angled cuts in any direction, thanks to its pivoting function. It can also be used to make both angled cuts and bevel cuts at the same time only that the bevel cut can be made only in one direction. If you need to do two sides you would have to manually flip your working material to the other side in order to cut it. A single bevel compound miter saw is great for projects that need you to make two angled cuts such as a picture frame.
Dual bevel compound miter saw
Unlike a single bevel, miter saw, a dual bevel miter saw does not need you to flip over your working piece in order to make a cut. As the name suggests, you can do a dual cut on a working piece. It has been made in such a way that you can swing the saw in order to make matching bevel cuts. That makes it possible to achieve matching multiple cuts. It is great for projects that require you to make multiple similar cuts as you just do it once uncle with a single saw where you will have to do it severally.
As much as the dual bevel miter saw will give you so much convenience when it comes to making multiple cuts fast, it is not as accurate as the single bevel miter saw. Due to its functionality and features, it normally tends to be more expensive as compared to the single.
In order to get the best miter, saw, you have to first start by defining your needs. People have different needs and since a certain miter saw worked perfectly for someone else does not necessarily mean it will be the best for you. If you are into making very accurate cuts, then you are better of with a single bevel miter saw. On the other hand, if you are looking for convenience you are better off with a double bevel miter saw.