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Old 03-06-2010, 08:45 PM
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Anyone have a Milwaukee dry cut saw for steel ?

My buddy wants to pick one of these up for the turbo build we're doing on his camaro, but im not sold on the idea of using a 1500 rpm chop saw on thin stainless tubing

I dont trust the blade to not catch on the material
I dont trust the cheap clamp to hold onto the tubing if it does catch
I dont think $500 for the saw+ 1 blade and $180 for replacement blades is a reasonable price

his reasoning is its not as loud as an abrasive chop saw, wont create dust thats hard to clean up, and wont shoot sparks everyplace

My reasoning is its freakin expensive as heck, and i dont want to be using it and have a blade explode in my face

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Old 03-06-2010, 09:19 PM
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Should cut it fine, but stainless with dull the blade FAST, and sounds like replacement blade is pricey.
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Anyone have a Milwaukee dry cut saw for steel ?

as a pipe fitter , we use the band saw hand held type .
never use something that touched steel first .
we cut up to 6 inch pipe with them saws after we cut some the catch guard off .mostly in dairies and even the dog food plants .
made lots of belt buckles too .
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we have both Milwaukee and dewalt portable band saws at work. I like the dewalt or the Milwaukee but we cut everything thing with them. I am in the millwright business working at different flour and feed mills. We have cut 20 inch diameter rolled steel with these things and the beat the hell out of a sawzall. On our chop saws which we barely use we just use the abrasive wheels. Here are some links to look at.

http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_no...nd+saw&x=0&y=0

http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_no...+plugs&x=0&y=0
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well thats another thing, with blades being $180 theres little chance of having 1 steel blade, 1 aluminium blade and 1 stainless blade. That would be $900 worth of chop saw

doing the same with an abrasive chop saw would be WELL under $300

doing it with a portable band saw would be about $300 depending on the model we got

i like the abrasive chop saw because no matter how much you have to take off a tube, it will do it, and will do it perfectly straight too
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just talked to him, he wont budge

basicly said we will just do the steel first, then the stainless, then the aluminium, and that should be fine.

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i think the best we can do there is just wipe everything down before we weld it or hit it with the grinder quick. its not like we have a clean room to weld or cut in anyway. the pipes are going to be laying on teh floor rolling around in whatever is on the floor
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I put a couple of air purifiers in my 30 x 50 shop and boy what a difference they make. The filters turn from white to brown in a couple of weeks without heavy fab work going on and the fans on low. I'm curious how well the things will work with some heavy duty welding and grinding going on.
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Ayuh,... I've got a Porter-Cable dry-cut saw,... I Stole it cheap on ebay, Brand New...
It's my 2nd 1,.. The 1st worked Great til I over-crowded it cuttin' up a tire... It was also Very Well Used when I got it..

I'll Never. Ever use an abrasive blade cutter again...
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I'll Never. Ever use an abrasive blade cutter again...
You are 100% right.. The metal cutting saw is very much worth the $$$.. The abrasive cutter doesn't even come close.. But don't ''EVER'' put the cutting blade on the abrasive cutter.. The metal cutting machine turn's slower.. And for the price of the blade.. I think the last time I checked they was about $100.00 here.. Not sure if it would be the same for your machine.. This one is for a dewalt metal cutter..
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You are 100% right.. The metal cutting saw is very much worth the $$$.. The abrasive cutter doesn't even come close.. But don't ''EVER'' put the cutting blade on the abrasive cutter.. The metal cutting machine turn's slower.. And for the price of the blade.. I think the last time I checked they was about $100.00 here.. Not sure if it would be the same for your machine.. This one is for a dewalt metal cutter..
Yes, having the right equipment makes a HUGE difference. I remember when I was a kid the first time I saw a metal saw cut through metal being amazed. Well... On the other end of the scale, here are some commercial metal working equipment. Looking through the site:
http://buyindustrialmachines.com/Man...king-Equipment
I'd say most of this is designed for a factory. It'll make our little metal saws look like child toys.

Marquita Jensen
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I Have the DeWalt version and LOVE it! It cuts cleanly, leaves a very small burr (if at all), and cuts fast-as far as Blades (they are 14"), I've looked around and found them for under $100 (look at your local Metal Supplier)-I've also heard you can have the blades re-sharpened relatively cheaply. In addition to a hold-down, it comes with a sort of Vise grip type of clamp, which I learned you had better use on smaller stuff, but overall, I think you will like it-

here it is:

http://www.dewalt.com/tools/metalwor...aws-dw872.aspx
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