compound miter saw for cutting metal?
I have an older Harbor freight 14" chop saw that I cut my old frame with. it was the old $50 special, it worked good for 2 years however, I suspect it was flexing during the cuts because I had to do a lot of grinding to get some peices to match good.. among other things, I never found the angle finder the best. I set it at 45* and it worked but I never trusted it.
I went out today looking for a new saw for a new frame. went to HF first, found they don't even sell the $50 special anymore. the cheap 1 is $69, and is cheaper looking than the 1 I had. the $149 1 looks 'ok'. went to lowes, and looked at the cheaper Hitachi, and for $179, it looks the same as the HF saw. still has the angle finder I don't trust.. I looked at the compound miter saws and liked what I saw. never really looked close to them before as I'm not a wood worker. but the angle finders are accurate and easy to set, and the saw itself nice and sturdy .. went looking and found 10" abrasive wheels to fit, rated for 6,100 RPM.. picked up a cheaper ( but not cheapest ) Skil brand 10" saw and a couple deWalt abrasive discs.. saw is 15 amp and spins at 5,000 RPM... is this going to be safe/ work ok? I just want accuratly make cuts to build a new frame. probably use 45* cuts mostly thru 2x3x 11 gauge but will also cut 30ish degree in smaller stuff. and some wood ( with the right blade ) from time to time