Cut off saw or compound miter ?

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  1. jeffyr

    jeffyr LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 876

    Hi everyone,

    I was looking to get a saw to cut some angle iron and maybe some small diameter square and round stock. I wanted to get the most bang for the buck with the saw. My question is : Why not get a compound miter and put a cutoff wheel on it (which would allow me to use the saw for wood too) instead of a cut-off saw which would be limited to metal and masonary ? It looks to me like the major difference is in the fence, the cut-off's have a vice from what I have seen. Anything else I should look for ? This will see real light duty so I will look for a "homeowner" priced unit most likely.

    Any advice will be appreciated !

  2. 1grnlwn

    1grnlwn LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,261

    Most metal saws are 14" wood 12" I don't know if speeds are the same. Clamp is very important. I would by metal for metal and wood for wood. Whats a finger worth?

  3. jeffyr

    jeffyr LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 876

    Which one ? :p

    Good point Mark.

  4. MTS2357

    MTS2357 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 21

    Some of the better metal cut-off saws have sealed motors so that the filings do not affect it so much.
  5. ScottL

    ScottL LawnSite Member
    from AR
    Messages: 5

    The replies are right on. Get a metal saw for metal. A wood saw will be destoryed in short order. I want a dewalt dry cut saw myself. The blades last a lot longer.
  6. SDlawndawg

    SDlawndawg LawnSite Member
    Messages: 119

    What's a dry cut saw? Do you mean a chop saw?

    I have a Dewault chopsaw and I'm not impressed by it. Fence always bind up and it lacks power.
  7. ScottL

    ScottL LawnSite Member
    from AR
    Messages: 5

    Here is a dry cut saw. It has a carbide tipped metal blade instead of an abrasive wheel...
  8. Gravel Rat

    Gravel Rat LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 9,544

    No no no don't use a standard power miter saw for cutting metal you will have the electric motor burn up on ya from a fire you always get fine sawdust particals in a miter saw you start cutting metal having sparks fly one spark can have the machine alight.

    A chopsaw for metal isn't that expensive and will come in handy for cutting about anything thats too thin to cut with a torch like exhaust pipe and small bar stock it also works good for cutting redi rod.

    We have a Bosch saw in our shop its not too bad you can't force it or it will bog I have used a Makita and its no different, one thing is you don't want the wheel to bind or it may shatter :eek:

    In our shop we also have a power hacksaw for cutting larger objects like pipe up to 10"s in diameter it works not too bad we can cut stacks of angle iron in one pass.
  9. jeffyr

    jeffyr LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 876

    I ordered the metal chopsaw.

    Thanks for the info and opinions.

  10. Jason Pallas

    Jason Pallas LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,335

    One other consideration - the heat and sparks from cutting metal tend to melt the crap out of any plastic components on these saws. Never used my miter for metal - but do notice that there is a fair amount of meltable plastic on it (balde guard, etc....)
    You might want to get an old circular saw and outfit it with a metal/abraisive wheel. That's worked really well for me - cuts well and if it goes south, how cares. Good luck. Northern Tool has some chop saws on sale for about $250-300.

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