What is a mitre saw? And when you will need one?

Blue mitre saw on work bench in loft
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What is a mitre saw is a common question amongst DIYers. You know the name but aren’t sure what it does and even less sure if you are going to need one for future home improvement projects.

There are a lot of different saws out there and it's important that you choose the right one for the right job. Here we take a closer look at what a mitre saw is used for, why you might need one and how it differs from other types of saws out there.  

What is a mitre saw? A quick and simple definition

Steve Jenkins

Steve Jenkins is a freelance content creator with over two decades of experience working in digital and print and was previously the DIY content editor for Homebuilding & Renovating. 

He is a keen DIYer with over 20 years of experience in transforming and renovating the many homes he has lived in. He specialises in painting and decorating, but has a wide range of skills gleaned from working in the building trade for around 10 years and spending time at night school learning how to plaster and plumb.

He has fitted kitchens, tiled bathrooms and kitchens, laid many floors, built partition walls, plastered walls, plumbed in bathrooms, worked on loft conversions and much more. And when he's not sure how to tackle a DIY project he has a wide network of friends – including plumbers, gas engineers, tilers, carpenters, painters and decorators, electricians and builders – in the trade to call upon.