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Dry or Abrasive chop saw

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by FOOFZ, May 15, 2012.

  1. FOOFZ
    Joined: Aug 5, 2009
    Posts: 12

    from houston

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  2. mlagusis
    Joined: Oct 11, 2009
    Posts: 1,049


    those work very good!
  3. bobkatrods
    Joined: Sep 22, 2008
    Posts: 693

    from aledo tx

  4. Don's Hot Rods
    Joined: Oct 7, 2005
    Posts: 8,319

    Don's Hot Rods
    from florida

    I tossed two 14 inch chop saws with cut off wheels in the dumpster a few years ago after one of the blades on one exploded on me. I turned it on and bent down to pick up something and heard this unGodly explosion. The blade became shrapnel and it all went over my back and imbedded into the garage wall. If I had been standing up it would have been curtains. :eek: I never trusted them after that and didn't want any one of us using them.

    The one with the steel blade looks a lot safer.


  5. randy
    Joined: Nov 15, 2003
    Posts: 679


    Those blades are the way to go. The abrasive blades wander a lot making it nearly impossible to get a square cut. The steel blades flex less. buy it. wear earplugs.
  6. slddnmatt
    Joined: Mar 30, 2006
    Posts: 3,682


    i have a Makita that ive had for quite a few years, the blades are exspensive but damn do they make a nice cut. if you need to shave an 1/8" off your previous cut it will do it like nothing, where the abbrasive blades will flex off the cut.. if you dont get the blades hot, they last quite a long time..
  7. FOOFZ
    Joined: Aug 5, 2009
    Posts: 12

    from houston

    What brand of blades you found to be better?
  8. yip totally agree on the dry saw, they are definatly the way to go.
  9. 325w
    Joined: Feb 18, 2008
    Posts: 5,651


    Friend has had one for some time now. Blades are expensive but you don't have all the sparks flying around the shop.
  10. snaptwo
    Joined: Apr 25, 2011
    Posts: 696


    I picked up a Brobo at a bankruptcy sale and damn that thing cut clean, no burr and very little noise , the only problem was the coolant mess. I've been away from the business for several years so it's neat to see new stuff . I agree those abrasive saws are a mess , I still have one buried in the garage somewhere though. Someday I keep telling myself.
  11. i have one, cuts are nice and clean and they cut without all the dust, smoke and sparks. blades can be sharpened and teeth can be replaced.
  12. Roger Walling
    Joined: Sep 26, 2010
    Posts: 1,149

    Roger Walling

    I tried two saw blades before I returned to an abrasive one.

    Although they make a very inpresive cut and last a long time, if you agressivly try to cut thick metal, (3/8" or 1/2") the teeth get hot and fly off the blade.
  13. r7bis
    Joined: Mar 12, 2011
    Posts: 36


    At the steel shop I used to work at we used the abrasive, dry, and coolant saws. Either get a dry or wet they work loads better than the abrasive
  14. Chaz
    Joined: Feb 24, 2004
    Posts: 5,016

    Member Emeritus

    The abrasive saws make a goddam mess of everything...
    The expensive carbide blade cutoff saws go dull in a heartbeat if the metal moves in the vise. They do cut clean when all is well.
    Get yourself a horizontal bandsaw. I gave away my carbide saw to a automotive school and my abrasive saw collects dust under the workbench.
  15. 32v
    Joined: May 20, 2007
    Posts: 952

    from v.i.

    ditto on the bandsaw saw a demo on this at sema.... femi saw

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  16. Mr48chev
    Joined: Dec 28, 2007
    Posts: 30,038


    I have to agree with Chaz. Since I got my horizontal band saw I haven't drug the chop saw out from under the bench. I usually used the chop saw outside so I didn't have to spend more time cleaning things up than I did cutting.
  17. derbydad276
    Joined: May 29, 2011
    Posts: 1,325


    everything you want to know about metal dry cut off saws

    these things are bad ass

    they also do not heat and warp the metal

    although you do need different blades for cutting different metals
    ( alum/stainless/low carbon steel)

    mk morse quit selling abrasive blades after they devloped the metal baldes
  18. Brad54
    Joined: Apr 15, 2004
    Posts: 6,015

    from Atl Ga

    I've got a Craftsman abrasive saw, and I'm very happy with it for what it is... They're all messy and loud, and shower sparks.
    I have mine on a cart at the front of the shop, and when I use it, I wheel it outside to let the mess out there.
    For precision cuts, I use a horizontal bandsaw. I'm never in that much of a hurry, that I need to cut quicker than the bandsaw.

  19. Don's Hot Rods
    Joined: Oct 7, 2005
    Posts: 8,319

    Don's Hot Rods
    from florida

    I was going to say the same thing as the others about a horizontal bandsaw being my preference. I really don't see anything a chop saw of any type would do that a horizontal bandsaw couldn't do better. They are safer, the cuts are very precise, and we have cut extremely odd angles in stuff by being creative with how we shim the piece in the vice.

    Ours is a Jet that is probably 8 years old, and aside from replacing a blade every couple of years it has never been any trouble at all, and I can't begin to guess how many cuts it has made over those years. It is a horizontal/vertical model and I have to admit the vertical function is not as good as the horizontal function.....the blade is a little to wide for intricate curvy cuts. But we bought a true vertical bandsaw for that purpose and love that one as well.


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