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Curious to know the Forum's opinion on how one should feed a miter cut on a table saw. For lack of better words, I'll refer to the two choices as "pull" and "push" as shown in the top and bottom photos below. I was taught to use the push (bottom) approach as it keeps the board tight to the fence and the stop block if one is used. I had never considered the "pull" approach until I saw a friend use it which he described as what he was taught.
My concern with the pull approach is that if the cut were to bind, it could pull the board and one's hand into the blade.

Is there a "best" approach or does this fall into the "each to his/her own preference" category?

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I'm always in favor of the first pictured method.

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You could use a clamp to secure the work and then it doesn’t matter. The clamp can improve the push cut too as either one tends to pull or push the board sideways.
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My preference is for the pointy bit to enter first as the back end is more likely to have any tearout, and in most cases that'd be on the inside of a joint. That and I like what Jon says about (not!) pulling the hand into the blade.
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I don't understand the question,both are push aren't they? It is just that point goes thru first, or heel goes thru first?

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1st picture method for a rough cut and miter knife to finish...

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I'm confused about the "push/pull" terminology as well as in my mind, they are both push cuts. Having said that, using a clamp to hold the work piece and keeping your hands away should negate the possibility of having your hands pulled into the blade. I've always used the orientation in the second picture.

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I use the first picture method.

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Mentally, I have to have the material on the right hand side of the miter . Don’t know why , maybe cause I’m right handed?

If tear outs a concern, I’d clamp it and have a piece of mdf as a sacrificial piece
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All points are good and I apologize for the confusion generated by the push/pull terminology. To Chuck's point, I use a clamp and add the backer board as suggested by Rick. Stick's suggestion of using the miter knife has a lot of merit.

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