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On 6/28/2016 at 5:06 PM, jmccustomknives said:

Probably, but it would be slow going.  Better to use a metabo style slicer wheel on a grinder.  If you can get a real Metabo (they aren't cheap) it's well worth the investment.  Otherwise a good grinder and slicer wheel will be a lot faster.  Wear your safety gear.

All, 

I am looking at some chop saws on Amazon and I wanted to see what people thought about the best saw to get. As a hobbyist I will never "use up" one of these saws but some I have found are better than others. One is a Rage cold cut saw and I worry that I will mess up a $85+ blade on hard or thick steel. Any how, please let me know if going on band name alone because model number will be too much information let me know you thoughts. 

Thanks in advance.

Hitachi $159
DeWalt $165
Makita $168
Bosch $185
Evolution RAGE2 $188
Milwaukee $212
Metabo $219 

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I picked up a Rigid on CL for 100, sold the diamond masonry blade on it for 40 and put it to use. There are 3 or 4 constantly listed on the local CL, at real good prices. Stop overthinking things and just grab something. (That's just me, though- YMMV)

Steve

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Esseman, 

My advice- try to inspect the clamp mechanism.  the heavier duty the clamp and the table the steel sits on (really thin sheet metal here sucks) the happier you will be.  Also does the angle adjustment have a quick knob or does it require a special tool? Are the angle numbers readable?  Mine build up with gunk and i can barely turn the fence when i want to change angles nor read the angles.  Those types of things are what irritate me about my abrasive chop saw.

Cold saw will dull faster cutting springs and if it were my blade i would use an portable bandsaw to cut springs or forklift forks. With an abrasive chopsaw The heat buildup towards the last 1/3 of the cut tends to be a bear and cutting always seems to slow down for me.   You will be amazed by how much of a 14" blade you wear away cutting a forklift tine..    Make sure to buy the thinnest abrasive blades you can find.  You likely won't find those anywhere but online.  I bought some pferd ones and did a review of them on amazon. I don't wanna repeat myself so just look up pferd 14" cutoff discs with reviews and you'll find it. 

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Ben, 

Thanks for the information. I need to go looking in the store so I can put hands on tool. 

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I have the Dewalt and really like it.

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I own a few DeWalt Saws and the the product line, so my first response is buy the DeWalt locally, try it, if not what you wanted take it back.

I use a tooth blade on my DeWalt, it cuts mild steel smooth, square, and clean; may not once the blade gets dull but with my volume it will take a while.

Buying local allows an easy return if it isn't what you wanted !

 

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On September 21, 2016 at 5:56 PM, bengriswold said:

Esseman, 

My advice- try to inspect the clamp mechanism.  the heavier duty the clamp and the table the steel sits on (really thin sheet metal here sucks) the happier you will be.  Also does the angle adjustment have a quick knob or does it require a special tool? Are the angle numbers readable?  Mine build up with gunk and i can barely turn the fence when i want to change angles nor read the angles.  Those types of things are what irritate me about my abrasive chop saw.

Cold saw will dull faster cutting springs and if it were my blade i would use an portable bandsaw to cut springs or forklift forks. With an abrasive chopsaw The heat buildup towards the last 1/3 of the cut tends to be a bear and cutting always seems to slow down for me.   You will be amazed by how much of a 14" blade you wear away cutting a forklift tine..    Make sure to buy the thinnest abrasive blades you can find.  You likely won't find those anywhere but online.  I bought some pferd ones and did a review of them on amazon. I don't wanna repeat myself so just look up pferd 14" cutoff discs with reviews and you'll find it. 

Bengriswold made some really good points. For the most part I use a tooth bladed Makita saw, which is not a true cold cut saw nor is the Rage. I couldn't go back to an abrasive chop saw. It cuts quicker, cleaner and cooler than an abrasive and if you take care of your blades they take care of you. I do cut plenty of sucker rod with mine but for coil spring, which is a pain to cut with any chop saw, I use the HB portable bandsaw. Although I've cut 3" round bar with my saw I usually try to do most of my heavy cutting with the torch, i.e. Forklift tines. Also, if you ask around, there might be someone to sharpen that blade for you. I found a guy through the shop I buy my blades from and he charges $15 a resharpening. 

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