A miter saw is a versatile tool that can be used for various projects at home or in the workplace. It has been popularized through television shows by professionals who use it to complete projects easily and quickly.
Miter saws are powered tools that make use of circular blades to cut different types of hard materials like wood, plastic, aluminum, and steel. The history of who invented the miter saw is largely unknown; however, there are several claims as to where the first one was made and who created it.
Who Invented the Miter Saw?
The earliest form of the miter saw (also known as chop boxes) was invented somewhere between 1850-1870 by Finnish carpenter Hisko Heikki Ali Wilho Haakanainen. The first documented evidence of the miter saw appears in an 1877 patent by Samuel J. Bens of Philadelphia. His invention used a knife-type cutting blade on its table, which is still seen on most modern-day miter saws.
The first person to give it a commercial success was Arthur Dremel of Racine, Wisconsin. This occurred when he began marketing his “Multimortar” with the help of the Shaper Manufacturing Company of Milwaukee, Wisconsin around 1902.
Modern Day Miter Saws
A company named Radial Arm Saw Co., or more commonly as RASCO started production of a miter saw that was powered by electricity in the 1920s. They introduced their first motorized saw in 1938. These early models were difficult to use and adjust for accuracy.
Individuals who have been credited with inventing the modern-day compound miter saw include Joseph W. Goodman, Paul L. Taylor, and Herman Spietschka. Goodman invented a motor-driven sliding table that could cut the wider stock from 1940–1949 while Taylor made significant improvements on it from 1949-1956 before discontinuing production because of high cost. In 1959 Spietschka refined Taylor’s design into what is currently seen as the standard compound mitre layout used today by other manufacturers.
There are dozens of manufacturers who have added their own variations to the compound miter saw. It is still popular today because it allows people to perform outside cuts without having to do much setup or clean up afterward. The blade on a miter saw is not exposed, which eliminates the need for safety goggles and gloves that may get in the way of using it properly. Today’s models are safe to use by professionals as well as beginners because they are easy to operate with various cutting applications.
Miter Saw Blade History
The first blade used for this purpose was called a warding-off blade, which was invented by Jules De Mornay around 1820. This metal blade is placed over the cut and provides enough weight to push the material through the saw without having to exert too much force.
The first circular saw with a blade designed specifically for cutting wood was invented by Edward Amet in 1826. His design had teeth that ran along the entire circumference of the blade instead of just at one end like warding-off blades. The circular saw became popular because it gave carpenters and furniture makers more control over their cuts and allowed them to make finer pieces.
Early inventors tried to use bandsaw blades on miter saws, but they weren’t strong enough or durable enough to keep up with industrial production demands. In 1955, John Agger developed a new type of miter saw blade that was called the “Super blade.” This new design contained alternating top bevel teeth and flat-bottomed gullets.
The Agger Super Blade miter saws became popular after their release but were later on replaced by lighter, thinner blades with high-speed steel teeth in the late 1970s. There are companies like Compound Mitre Saw Ltd that still produce Agger Super Blades because they are still considered durable and accurate tools for cutting materials.
The miter saw has made it possible to do outside cuts without machinery taking up space on construction sites, which makes it easier for builders to get their jobs completed faster than using traditional methods. We may never know who invented the compound miter saw, but we know for sure that this simple tool has made a major impact on how builders perform cuts in their work.