Electric chop saws??

Discussion in 'Hardscaping' started by JimmyStew, Jul 28, 2009.

  1. JimmyStew

    JimmyStew LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 367

    Just wondering what your opinions are on electric chop saws for paver/wall work. My local rental shop is selling a Bosch 12" for $200. I can't recall the exact model, but it doesn't look to be in too bad of shape. Are they worth the money for an electric model over a gas powered saw. I don't really need one, since I usually rent the gas powered when I'm doing wall work, but at $200 it might be nice to have for smaller jobs??
  2. DVS Hardscaper

    DVS Hardscaper LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,552

    electric saws are nice. wouldn't mind having one for my company.
  3. STL Ponds and Waterfalls

    STL Ponds and Waterfalls LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,174

    I just finished helping a buddy do a flag walk and he uses an elctric saw and I prefer the gas for power cutting. They both have thier place I guess.
  4. 4 seasons lawn&land

    4 seasons lawn&land LawnSite Gold Member
    from NY
    Messages: 3,613

    I am interested to hear what some think on these as well. I'm planning on getting one. I have a 14" cut off gas saw and it's enough work to carry over to your piece, start up, and cut with such a large, heavy machine that I find myself scoring with the angle grinder or even chisel and snaping it on the smaller pieces. I think it will be ideal when I have my 14" cut off saw and 4" angle grinder along with a couple tool's to fill in that range. Like a 9" angle grinder and a 12" electric cut off. I also think a a regular circular saw would be handy.
  5. 2low4NH

    2low4NH LawnSite Bronze Member
    from NH
    Messages: 1,890

    i have electric in my shop that i cut all my fire boxes with. i like it its an old clipper saw i think its older then me.
  6. Right Touch

    Right Touch LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 382

    2 14" ms420Stihl quikcuts, 4 1/2" angle grinder, 14"MK table saw is our combination works great. cant beat a table chop saw for perfectly straight cuts, but the quikcut is great for long lines that can be cut on the ground and of course the grinder for those "hard to reach" places. Also use a hydraulic splitter alot for block to get a nice finish edge.
  7. zedosix

    zedosix LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,661

    I would have no interest in one on site, maybe at my work shop it would be usefull
  8. 2low4NH

    2low4NH LawnSite Bronze Member
    from NH
    Messages: 1,890

    i have the clipper at the warehouse and two k saws as well as many four inch angle grinders with assorted wheels on them and a few circular saws mostly makita with 7 inch blades on them. i have not found anything more that i needed. i also do alot of hand cutting with chisels
  9. Paver Gangster

    Paver Gangster LawnSite Member
    Messages: 144

    I'm a big fan of gas powered chopsaws but have found recently that there seems to be a lot of labor time and energy wasted (as well as anger and frustration) on trying to fuel and start them. And no matter what brand, they seem to always require fruitless maintenance after a while, so I too am investigating the merits of an electric model. Most of my jobs are remodels so a electric source is always nearby.

    Someone mentioned an angle grinder, which is a must have tool but I cannot imagine trying to cut a pavier with one.
  10. DVS Hardscaper

    DVS Hardscaper LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,552

    EDCO has a nice saw



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