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Old Today, 07:06 PM   #1
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Anyone have a Dry Cut Chop Saw for steel ?

Are they worth the price? Do the blades last?

What brand do you have and how is it holding up?

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Old Today, 07:32 PM   #2
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I have a Milwaukee cold cut saw. The Milwaukee 14" blages cost $100 apiece. Great saw for clean cuts and minimal sparks. Cuts very fast through steel. The miter on the saw is kind of cheap but I usually scribe my cuts or use a angle copier to match the angle. I think I paid $400 for the saw slightly used with the spare Milwaukee blade. The blade that came on the saw was some aftermarket brand. There are a few teeth missing but it still works good. Make sure the steel is in tight in the vise or it will go flying. I love this saw as it is very accurate. I used it for a bumper for the wife's Jeep made out of 2x6x3/8" tube. Looked professional when done. And the money I saved buying the saw and the materials was cheaper than a manufactured bumper. Get one you'll love it!!!!!
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Old Today, 07:49 PM   #3
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Here's the bumper with a winch receiver frenched in. Picked the jeep up for $375 at a garage sale completely stock.
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The low rpm cold saws are awesome! They are really expensive. very fast, low noise, very accurate cut.
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Made the rack from 1" EMT. the saw wanted to grab the stock because it is so thin. so had to use a slow steady cut. $100 materials to make,
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Old Today, 07:57 PM   #6
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had a Dewalt DW872 cold saw but it grew legs and cannot be found .. really miss that saw
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Old Today, 08:18 PM   #7
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had a Dewalt DW872 cold saw but it grew legs and cannot be found .. really miss that saw
A real "cold saw"? It would have to have some strong legs to walk away. A light weight cold saw weighs about 175lbs. That DeWalt is a dry saw. A cold saw turns about 70rpm and uses coolant.
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Old Today, 08:22 PM   #8
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DW872 spins at about 1300 rpm .. that was the handiest saw for cutting metal. it went missing about a year ago .. can't find it for the life of me. it's not like me to lose equipment
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Old Today, 08:45 PM   #10
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Have a Dewalt. Love it. Came with a standard blade and I also picked up a fine tooth blade. I have had this saw for probably close to 8 years now. One blade has been resharpened, another needs it. I have made all the storage cabinets in the garage, gate and bridge for the back yard, bunch of frames for work.

You can't beat on it like a chop saw. You must be deliberate on your cuts. To an extent it is a giant mill blade. It can cut very clean. Don't use it to cut cable or bundles of stuff. What you are cutting MUST be securely clamped in the built in vise. No freehand work. Cut only clean metal, no crusty rusty stuff. You only get a few sparks off the blade. If you get a show of sparks like a chop saw, you just killed the blade. It does leave a pile of chips behind, but they are not a pile of grit. The blade does not shrink in use like a chop saw.

The dry cut saw is very much like a very nice chop saw, but isn't. Treat it with a chop saw mentality and things are not going to be pretty.
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I have a Jepson I bought used 20 years ago. Most people have probably never heard of Jepson because it's not a big box store brand. It's actually a step up in quality and more of industrial quality lifetime tool. Very well designed and robust.

At school we have a Makita and it's a well designed tool. The motor isn't as robust as my Jepson but of I was buying a new saw I would probably choose the Makita.
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