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I'm on my second blade.The first one "lost" a couple of the carbide tips- Milwaukee replaced it.The second one looks fine to my eye, but it just doesn't seem to cut very well, I'm comparing it to my 20 year old Makita with a cheap carborundum blade.The blade is the correct one for the saw. Bill

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Miter saw to cut steel

The horizontal band saw is the most cost effective for the money to cut everything. BUT you can't cut heavy plate you need a harbor freight metal saw, $89 and it cuts through 1/2 steel like butter, this is similar to what we are looking for in a miter saw.
I read an article in "STREET RODDER" page 100 in Sept issue where Jim Rizzo was using a miter saw with a carbide blade to cut rectangular tube. I may try this, but would like more info to keep from ruining blades. If this works it's the answer. Any help out there would be appreciated.
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Bill I guess I am going to stay away from the Milwaukee saw. I am going to have to take a look at that HF band saw. You got a model # or anything? My friend bought one of those HF sliding miter saws. It was to inaccurate for fine wood working so we thru a 10" abrasive cutoff wheel on there. It worked pretty good but I just don't like the fiber or abrasive blades. They don't cut clean and there is to much flex in them to give a true cut. I have run aluminum thru all my wood tools. Even sheet aluminum thru the table saw. If I could weld aluminum I would say the heck will steel!
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WB, I agree- the abrasive discs flex too much. I've worked around the problem with the bench sander from home depot. I bought a big box adhesive backed 6" discs from autobody tool supply- very reasonable. Still haven't burned thru the whole box. Bill
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This one is on sale now for 149.99 at the store only

http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/cta...emnumber=37151
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http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/cta...emnumber=93507

http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/cta...emnumber=47840

http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/cta...emnumber=93762
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Clarke saw

I was in TS one day and I seen this metal cutting skil saw that was made by Clarke, I bought it, it has a 7-1/4inch carbide blade in it, I think the price was around $98.00, I was amazed the first time I used it, I was cutting 3/4" galv. pipe with it, the next time I used it I cut some 2" angle iron with it, it would cut the metal just a good and fast as if you were cutting a 2"X4" with a wood saw, it catches all the shaveings too, I was really impressed with it,,,,,,,until I went to cut a double layer of stainless steel that was around this big water tank, It ate every one of the teeth right off the blade, but as far as cutting steel and aluminum you can't beat it, say NO to SS though,

Replacement blades for it are $28.00 plus shipping on their web site, hope this helps
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Metal cutting skill saw sounds cool but thats not really what I am looking for. I am going to have to look into that just out of curiosity. I think I am going to take a closer look at that HF band saw. It seems like they are giving that thing away! A band saw should produce nice clean cuts too. You just never know about HF tools....
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Weird, I let my big Do-All band saw go with my shop and since I only needed light duty cutting I bought that small HF band saw, I was really surprised at what I got That thing cuts even more accurate than my old Do-All (Do-All is an industrial brand for, those not familiar with the name) and with the Morse bi-metal blades it will cut a lot faster than you might expect. I don't see how they can sell something even that heavy for only $150.00 and it is decent quality too. I have used mine a bunch since the last January when I got it and so far it has been 100% trouble free but at this point I have used it so much already it could fall apart into a heap and it would not owe me a thing!
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Well I think I am going to have to get one! My lil sun room is bursting with tools and parts... I really really need a shop bad!
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wierdbeard, I have a small band saw myself. I just change the blade to cut metal tubing. Works fine on 1/8" sidewall tubing, and I've cut some small pieces of 1/4" plate. Just plan your cuts then change the blade for the weekend! Weld the next weekend...
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I was in TS one day and I seen this metal cutting skil saw that was made by Clarke, I bought it, it has a 7-1/4inch carbide blade in it, I think the price was around $98.00, I was amazed the first time I used it, I was cutting 3/4" galv. pipe with it, the next time I used it I cut some 2" angle iron with it, it would cut the metal just a good and fast as if you were cutting a 2"X4" with a wood saw, it catches all the shaveings too, I was really impressed with it,,,,,,,until I went to cut a double layer of stainless steel that was around this big water tank, It ate every one of the teeth right off the blade, but as far as cutting steel and aluminum you can't beat it, say NO to SS though,

Replacement blades for it are $28.00 plus shipping on their web site, hope this helps
Clarke also has a metal cutting Mitre saw for about $110. It will cut tubing up to moderate size 3-4" I think and is quite effective for that but I still need something for sheet.
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For cutting Stock (Angle Iron, Pipe, Strap), I purchased a Dwalt Metal Cutting Mitre Saw (14")-it is great, no burrs and clean cutting, and they say you can get about 400 cuts before having the Blade resharpened-this is it-
http://www.dewalt.com/us/products/to...?productID=159

I also bought a Metal Cutting Saw (Skil type) from Mi-T-M-same thing as Bugs described, and I use my Saw Guide to cut 18 Gauge-this one:
http://news.thomasnet.com/fullstory/462142

I have set up my Jet 14" Bandsaw (designed for Wood) with a high count TPI Blade on it and I am surprised how well it cuts Metal (I was told I would have to slow it down, but haven't needed to).

I like using my Bandsaw for Sheet cuts on Patterns, but it's hard to beat a Metal Mitre Saw on straight cuts. I think you can become a Tool Junkie pretty easily-I don't think a guy can do everything with just one Tool-
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Very cool stuff! I bet that Dewalt saw is pricey. I really like that HF metal cutting band saw because if I am not mistaken I will stand vertical for cutting patterns in sheet or it will lay down horizontal and chop. I don't think you can beat that for $150/$200. Hello.. My name is Weirdbeard......and I am a toolOholic.
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I is a tool junkie their MINE all MINE so just back off !!!!

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Now we know why I could never be a Snap On tool jobber


Maybe you could get one of them old KALAMAZOO band saws .

Been a long time since I've used or even seen one of them.

You can set them up with the liquid lube & a small pump& reservoir to make the blades last longer .

Hmmm I'm gonna search for them now.





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