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My Chop Saw Just died What should I bye

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by blue collar guy, Jan 5, 2010.

  1. blue collar guy
    Joined: Apr 14, 2004
    Posts: 1,068

    blue collar guy

    So I have had my last chop saw for over 10 years and it just died. It was a Dewalt and the fact that it lasted ten years makes me think I should stick with a dewalt. But maybe they are not built as well now? I don't know but what is... Also I like to upgrade when I can if I replace a tool. So whats worked good for you? I don't think I can afford a cold saw but whats up with those metal blades they sell for chop saws. Thanks Scott
  2. kyle paul
    Joined: Oct 31, 2003
    Posts: 796

    kyle paul
    from sac

    id stick with dewalt . dewalt has a cheep cold saw but as well with any cold saw blades are expensive to have sharpened
  3. Ruiner
    Joined: May 17, 2004
    Posts: 4,145


    Another chop saw *rimshot*

    Thank you, I'll be here all week, and twice on Saturday...

    I had a Dewalt chop saw and loved it...then bought a horizontal band saw and never looked back...
    Joined: Feb 13, 2004
    Posts: 614


    Whatever you buy try to buy american......I think Dewalt is made overseas.

    I've smoked tools of all brands and types. Some "high quality" brands d\have disappointed me and some El Cheapo have really come through and Vice versa.

    I would look on a site like Popular Mechanics or something like it...they do reviews on power tools frequently and they are pretty good at ripping them apart and finding the good and bad. Lotsa online stores have customer reviews.
    i like to use those to narrow it down then i go look for the best price for what I want.
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    Joined: Jan 31, 2009
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    from H.B., CA

    DeWalt Multi Cutter is their "cold saw". I bought one to use at work for cutting aluminum extrusions and steel tubing. Works awesome...noisy as shit though on tubing. A lot cleaner than the chop saw. Blades are expensive at around $50 or $60...but it's worth it. Oh yeah, the saw's expensive too...around $500....but again...worth it!

    And the cuts are Daaaaaaaaammmmmnnnnnn straight!!!!!!!!!!

    Did i mention that it's worth it?
  6. BrandonSilva
    Joined: Aug 5, 2008
    Posts: 170


    the new Dewalts are good...I also used a milwaukee that was great. I have a Rigid at home and it's good. The metal chop saw blades are really good and really expensive compared to standard chop saw blades. They have to be re-sharpened and I think that's expensive (unless you do it yourself). They sink through steel and they don't really spark or leave "dust" behind....oh and they tend to not "walk" meaning they cut pretty damn straight. Get a bandsaw

    p.s. I think the metal blades are supposed to be used with a certain chop saw (certain max rpm's)
  7. SamAndrews
    Joined: Sep 9, 2006
    Posts: 43


    I'm with this guy. I haven't used a chop saw since I got my band saw.
  8. 5Wcoupe
    Joined: Oct 2, 2007
    Posts: 306

    from L.A., Ca.

    A carbide metal blade is not really a cold saw but it's a thousand times better than a cut off saw with an abrasive blade.
    Also, it's not just the blade that's different. The carbide saw is slower rpm than the abrasive saw.
    I recommend the Milwaukee carbide saw. I looked at a few others and they had plastic on the guards and/or crappy vises. I've been using it for over a year and couldn't be happier. Think I paid under $400.
  9. Hack Attack
    Joined: Nov 11, 2004
    Posts: 240

    Hack Attack

    What part gave up on you?
  10. krooser
    Joined: Jul 25, 2004
    Posts: 4,585


    I bought a "CTD" industrial chop saw on FleaBay... the seller siad it needed new motor bearings as it vibrated badly. Had it shipped and the problem was the saw blade had the wrong size hole causing it to be off center.

    The saw lists new for $2400.00... I paid $85.00...
  11. CrkInsp
    Joined: Jul 17, 2006
    Posts: 513

    from B.A. OK

    Did it break or just not start? DeWalt has a great parts and repair system, give them a call.
  12. shinysideup
    Joined: Sep 1, 2008
    Posts: 1,627

    from ruskin, fl

    Easy to repair, but a new dewalt sounds good too.
  13. shortbed65
    Joined: Feb 20, 2009
    Posts: 204

    from ne Ill

    If you buy another chop saw put an air filter on the intake, I bought this one in '94
  14. shooter54
    Joined: Apr 25, 2006
    Posts: 5,173


    dewalt is the shit. period.

    go for it.
  15. blue collar guy
    Joined: Apr 14, 2004
    Posts: 1,068

    blue collar guy

    Ther is a bad spot in the armature
  16. i have a milwaukee i got off great.
  17. heatmiser
    Joined: May 6, 2009
    Posts: 253

    from mia

    i had a dewalt and now a milwaukee dry cut(blade type) saw... i will always chose it over an abrasive saw... faster, cleaner, straighter cuts w/ no smoke and almost no heat... i think you'd be happy w/ either one.
  18. Bumpstick
    Joined: Sep 10, 2002
    Posts: 1,372


    A dictionary. Just kidding. My Ryobi has been going strong for about 5 years and I got it used.
  19. hotrod56cars
    Joined: Apr 3, 2007
    Posts: 466


    I'm real happy with my Milwaukee, still going strong (7 years).
  20. Well......I say whatever you do. TRY to get American. But when money was down for me. I scored an off brand chopsaw at a yard sale for 25.00 and it's been kicking ass ever since. The reality is, if you are not fabbing all day to pay the rent chances are you'll be fine with a used one.
  21. scottybaccus
    Joined: Mar 13, 2006
    Posts: 4,107


    I just bought a Rigid after the 10 year old Makita started to lay down. I am really happy with it's performance and it is built much heavier than the makita and actually cuts straighter and with less force deflection when you push it too fast through the material. If you buy an abrassive saw, that would be my recommendation.

    A friend has the Dewalt carbide blade saw. Pricey, but worth every penny. I wish I could just throw that blade on my Rigid, but it's not speed friendly.
  22. Hack Attack
    Joined: Nov 11, 2004
    Posts: 240

    Hack Attack

    The same thing happened to my Dewalt. The thing is still kicking shoots sparks out of the end pretty good but it still cuts metal! I plan on running it until it dies.
  23. krawlin98zj
    Joined: Jul 1, 2007
    Posts: 32

    from NE Ohio

    My advice is to get a bandsaw...
  24. 325w
    Joined: Feb 18, 2008
    Posts: 5,291

    from texas

    could it just need brushes. they seem to wear fast.
  25. zman
    Joined: Apr 2, 2001
    Posts: 16,565

    from Garner, NC

    What he said...
  26. tdoty
    Joined: Jun 21, 2006
    Posts: 821


    I'd vote for a bandsaw. Failing that, I'm plenty happy with my Milwaukee. I miss my former employer's 5hp Everett though.

    Tim D.
  27. blue collar guy
    Joined: Apr 14, 2004
    Posts: 1,068

    blue collar guy

    I replaced the brushes when it started acting up. The armature has a bad spot so it's not worth fixing. Thanks to everybody for all the info. I allready have a band saw so I'm leaning twords a cold saw type saw. But i'm worried about blade life. Thanks again. Scott
  28. burl
    Joined: Nov 28, 2007
    Posts: 641

    from Minnesota

    Blade life will be relative to what your trying to cut with it.Its pretty tought to have a saw that can do it all.Each type of material and thickness may need differant blades to be effective and last.We cut many differant types of stock from shim stock to plates up to 14 inches thick.We use hot saws up to a large Marvel band saw to do our cuts.Somebody correct me if im wrong but i doubt than any of the saws are made in usa any more including the dewalt wich is made in mexico.Id just by one with the best warranty.
  29. pastlane
    Joined: Oct 4, 2007
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  30. falconwagon62
    Joined: Mar 17, 2006
    Posts: 1,433


    Check out the Metal Devil

    Metal Devil Blades made in USA Canton, Ohio

    Not China or Japan...

    They sometimes have refurbished machines, they give their saws a 60 Satisfaction warranty! plus a 1 year PARTS and LABOR...Plus you get a Metal Cutting blade FREE in the saw when you buy it....No Brainer, unless you really need a Band Saw....

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