A nice addition to a mitre saw is a laser that shows you exactly where the saw blade is cutting into your material. Unlike a pencil mark on the piece of material you are cutting, a laser will always be clearly visible to you as you work. Many newer models of mitre saws come with the ability to add on various types of lasers. Older-model mitre saws do not have this capability, but there is a laser that will work on most mitre saws and requires no special tools to install.
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Things you need
- Blade-mount laser guide
- Socket wrench set
Purchase a blade-mount laser guide from a major home improvement centre or a power tool supply shop. Blade-mount laser guides replace the outer washer on your mitre saw.
Unplug you mitre saw power cord from the electrical socket. Raise the power head completely up. Remove the bolt securing the saw blade with a socket wrench.
Remove the outside washer. Replace the washer with the blade-mount laser guide. Insert the blade mounting bolt through the centre of the laser guide and the saw blade. Tighten with a socket wrench.
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