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tomstir
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posted 06-10-2003 09:29 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for tomstir   Click Here to Email tomstir     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I'm thinking of purchasing a chop saw. Any advice? I don't need anything fancy/expensive. Something that I can move around when needed. Mainly will be used by the hobbyist (me) for cutting angle iron and tubing. Any personal experience?

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Tbird
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posted 06-10-2003 10:19 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Tbird   Click Here to Email Tbird     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I bought one of the China Electric (aka, Chicago Electric) from Hargor Freight. It is the 14" model and seems to do pretty good so far. It is definately not a super duty but does seem to cut all I have tossed at it from rect. tube to 3" muffler pipe to 1 3/4" 0.134 roll bar tubing. Was around $100 and then had to purchase a package of 3 14" cut off wheels/disc.

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N266fords
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posted 06-10-2003 07:19 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for N266fords   Click Here to Email N266fords     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
for around $150 the milwauke at lowes is probly the best for the money...Bruce

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tomstir
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posted 06-12-2003 09:01 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for tomstir   Click Here to Email tomstir     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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MDF99
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posted 06-14-2003 11:42 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for MDF99   Click Here to Email MDF99     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I've also got the Milwaukee from Lowe's. No problems so far, I'm on my 3rd blade for it. I mostly cut angle, narrow plate and rebar with it.

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68 S-code GT
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posted 09-04-2003 08:09 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for 68 S-code GT   Click Here to Email 68 S-code GT     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Are you looking into the gas powered hand held demo saws used in construction or the electric type that can be used for wood molding?

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fordfan
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posted 09-20-2003 10:14 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for fordfan   Click Here to Email fordfan     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by 68 S-code GT:
Are you looking into the gas powered hand held demo saws used in construction or the electric type that can be used for wood molding?

He's asking about a Chop saw, not a Cut off saw.

Ours is a Mikita or a Milwaukee. I can't remember.

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N266fords
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posted 09-21-2003 12:45 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for N266fords   Click Here to Email N266fords     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
he said a chop saw yes! but he said for cutting angle iron and tubbing!,. Now lets talk about a chop saw cutting metal! The guard will melt and be usless the arbor was not designed to take a heavy side load ,where do i stop?..Bruce

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n2oMike
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posted 09-21-2003 08:23 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for n2oMike   Click Here to Email n2oMike     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Chop Saw

These are made for cutting metal. The 'normal' size units have a 14" abrasive cutting wheel, and cost less than $200. They are VERY handy. I use mine all the time. I even find myself cutting plastic and wood on occasion.... as I have it permanantly mounted and ready to go!

Good Luck!

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tomstir
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posted 09-22-2003 07:55 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for tomstir   Click Here to Email tomstir     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I purchased one (Milwaukee) at one of the local home labyrinth stores. I like it!!! I should have bought one ten years ago!!! One tool at a time.


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