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using a set square , The angle if 45 degrees is machined into the handle draw a line at 45 degrees across the surface you wish to mitre cut
clamp a piece of timber along that line and use it as a guide to cut with the circular saw
I hope we're talking about the same nut, is it the one on the lever to lock the cutting depth? If so, it's held in place by a lock plate that you remove by taking out the small pan head screw next to the nut. After you take the lock plate off the nut should come off easily.
I would go to Makitausa.com and download a manual. what you have aproblem with is either a bent fence or just misalignment. simply all you need is a good square, put the head at 0 degree and check to see if out, making sure not to put square on the teeth of the blade, if it is out there are 4 13mm bolts that hold fence in place loosen them and starting from the left side put it at the exact dead nut. snug the bolt and then check the right side. I usually check them 3 times for accuracy when you are confident snug all the bolts and recheck. Let me know if you need more assistance
the fence might be bent or needs to be squared up. how is the 0 degree. If you need to find out how to square this tool go to Makitatool.com and type in your model number and you can download a user manual with the instructions on how to do this, let me know I work on them every day. Good luck
When using the gauge on your saw it is off on the 45 degree cut? If so you might have to use a tri Square every time you want to cut a 45. Sometimes the lock gauge for the 45 angle may be off some. When you put a tri square on the board you cut it is not a true 45 even though the saw says it is?