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Old 07-29-2006, 05:34 PM
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Best tool for cutting metal?

I need to cut square and round tubing and I need to cut angles on some pieces. What is the best tool for the job? What is the most affordable tool for the job? A chop saw with an abrasive wheel would be the cheapest I guess but there must be something better. Is there an affordable metal cutting band saw out there some where? Or is there something better? Being a wood worker by trade I could build some cool stuff out of metal if I could just find a practical way to cut it!

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cutting metal

I bought a Milwaukee chop saw with the carbide blade- thought it was great for the first few cuts, now it seems the blade is dull- almost $200 for a new blade! I built my stainless exhaust- cut it with a sawzall, then ground it to the proper angle with a cheapo woodworking disc grinder from Home Depot. Worked great. Bill
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There are tons of different ways to cut metal tubing, depends what you are doing...

~ a abrasive 14" chop saw
~a newer version of that,uses a metal blade & turns slower but don't makes sparks
~a band saw portable or not
~a sawzall
~a torch
~a plasma cutter
~you can go as fas as a metal worker but i would not suggest that on tubing .

All depends..a better more expensive saw will set you back the cash but most likely increase productivity.


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I bought a Milwaukee chop saw with the carbide blade- thought it was great for the first few cuts, now it seems the blade is dull- almost $200 for a new blade! I built my stainless exhaust- cut it with a sawzall, then ground it to the proper angle with a cheapo woodworking disc grinder from Home Depot. Worked great. Bill

thats because the saw comes with the blade & turns a lot slower! you basically burnt that blade up cause a regular chop saw tuns to fast .

check the RPM recommendation

the guy who sold it to you should have asked if you had the right unit for the blade!!!



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I have seen those saws that turn slow with liquid cooling on shows like American chopper. What are those? How much do they cost? It seems like they are becoming the industry standard. The abrasive wheel chop saws are so sloppy! and they make a dang mess! I would like a saw that works like my Dewalt miter saw only for metal. Why don't they have laser miter saws yet? Dangit!
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I have a Makita metal chop saw..the wheels are about 8-10 each as I recall and set the angles with a bevel square and it will cut fine as long as it is not forced..just use enough pressure to allow the tool to cut..

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You say you are a woodworker so you probably have a band saw. Gear it down to about 570 fpm ,put a metal cutting blade in it and your good to go.
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You say you are a woodworker so you probably have a band saw. Gear it down to about 570 fpm ,put a metal cutting blade in it and your good to go.
Yeah I guess that would work but I make a living working with wood and metal is more of a hobby. Converting the band saw every weekend would just be a pain If a band saw would be the best tool for the job I might just buy one for metal use. The more I think about it the more I like the idea of a band saw.
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I have a 4 1/2 inch grinder that I used to cut the front and rear end off of 2 cars with. I go to Gator tools and get cut off wheels pretty cheap.
Don't buy a cheap grinder, I paid $50 for mine at Home depot.
I use it for all my metal cutting tasks.
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IMHO the best of the best for the price & portablity


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11000 rpm electric body grinder w/ a 9" abrasive wheel.... cuts at 130mph

seriously tho ... i have a craftsman 14" chop saw with the laser sight, and i love it, except for the fact that i have to use a protractor to set it for angle cuts, because the included one SUCKS
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Oh yeah! I likey that Milwaukee dry cut saw! Thats really what I am looking for! It looks like it would be limited as far a mitering though. I would like to see that saw with the base of a wood cutting miter saw. So you would have all your angles right there, and you could cut accurately to the .32" Maybe even compound miters. Am I the only one that wants this? It seems like it would be easy enough to produce! Am I going to have to make one myself?
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chop saw

That's the one I bought- doesn't seem to cut that well to me. Bill
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Is it because like Rob said maybe it has the wrong blade on there or is it because it is a pos?
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also I have a girl that comes and takes my blades for sharpening. I would like to see a pic of that Milwaukee blade to see if it could be sharpened. $200 is not really that bad if it can be sharpened 10 times like a wood cutting blade. Maybe
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