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Re: best chop saw??????

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03-24-2013 15:10:43

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Just last week we got an Evolution Rage 2, I think that is what it is, from our local Ace Hardware. It has a carbide tipped saw blade, similar to a wood cutting blade, and it is doing a fantastic job so far. We are building a project which will have hundreds of cuts and our old chop saw, 25-30 years old (grey and orange Makita!!) probably wasn't going to be able to handle it. Seems to make a nicer cut than the abrasive blades and you can make a trim cut of 1/16 or 1/8" and still get a straight cut. We are cutting 3 1/2" X 1/2 flat steel and 3" round tubing (1/4" wall maybe), and it seems to be going through it quite well. Probably have made a couple hundred cuts, and the blade seems to be holding up well. The blade is supposed to last 14 times longer than the abrasive wheel on an ordinary chop saw. I doubt if the saw will be going in 30 more years like the Makita did though. At least I won't be using it in 30 years anyway!

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03-25-2013 04:04:23

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 Re: best chop saw?????? in reply to c-man, 03-24-2013 15:10:43  
I am also a fan of the cold saws. We have the Rage 2 also and love it. We also have an 8" Milwaulkee hand held. There is a learning curve to using a cold saw as slamming the blade into a cut will trash the teeth about as fast as you care to change them as my son found out when he tried to use it like he was cutting pine 2x4s. You must learn how to use one or you will soon hate it for blade cost. I stocked up on cheap blades when Lowes quit selling them and gave away their stocks.

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