A laser saw guide can help someone who regularly works in the shop. This sort of guide is highly accurate. It helps the woodworker make more precise cuts, and make multiple similar cuts, if needed, with greater precision. Often, the guide can make adjustments, either to the saw, or to the person using it. There are also computer programs, like ShopMaster, that are even more sophisticated and help guide the saw to even better accuracy and precision.
A Miter Saw Laser Guide
This sort of guide is placed on a miter saw. Miter saws are generally light and easy to use, especially compound miter saws. Miter saws are especially good with horizontal cuts. Also, because the motor tilts another way, it can cut bevels and is generally quite steady. Because there is not a whole lot to the miter saw, it does not require much adjustment. However, it still requires guidance as one make the cut. This is where a miter saw laser guide can come in handy. Laser guides are very accurate, and by making use of them one can make more precise cuts.
Radial Arm Saw Guide
A radial arm saw is quite versatile. It can be used for many projects around the workshop, and even in the classroom. This type of saw is mounted on an arm, and the material (often a piece of wood) is fed through the saw. A radial arm saw laser guide can help keep the wood on track, and can make a more accurate cut. But it is important to take extra precautions, as some radial arm saws kickback and can cause injury.
Either type of saw can be used in conjunction with a ShopMaster program. It does require special outfitting, as the equipment needs to be compatible with computer use. This program can help increase the accuracy of cuts using a laser guide. A radial arm saw is especially amenable to use with a ShopMaster. However, it is still important to be wary of kickbacks and one should always wear protective eyewear when working with a saw in the wood shop.
No matter the type of saw used, it always helps the woodworker make better cuts to have a laser saw guide.