I’m using some PVC pipe to make a trellis for my tomatoes this spring. Is the woodshop’s miter saw OK to cut PVC with? Should I use something different?
Definitely fine; I cut all the PVC electrical conduit on that saw.
From experience: be very wary of PVC shattering on any saw like that. Particularly for thin-walled or small bore pipe — if it wobbles or resonates wrong, it will shatter in random directions. I’m lucky I still have a left eye.
I believe that there are special blades available to reduce this risk, but I don’t know details.
A face shield in addition to your normal safety glasses might not hurt.
Securing a circular piece on the chop saw can be tricky. You should press both back and down equally, treating the back and base together as a V.
If your PVC isn’t too big, this tool has been great:
Used them for a plumbing project and it is a super clean cut and the ratcheting system makes it easy to use once the initial chomp is in.