A metal cutting chop saw is a specialized tool utilized to cut precise and straight cuts through metal. Some chop saws make angle cuts and are known as miter saws. They make fast and accurate angle cuts moving up and down. Cutting the metal is done by lining up the metal with the abrasive blade and producing a quick dry run on the marked spot. The fundamental lack of teeth on the abrasive blade allows the cutting blade to apply constant cutting without the risk of getting stuck. Turn the blade on and allow it to cut the metal without forcing the blade. In this technique, patience pays. Before operating this specialized equipment, make sure one has their safety gear.
10. Evolution Power Tools RAGE 3-DB 10-Inch
This is a 10″ dual bevel Sliding Miter Saw – RAGE 3-DB that weighs a pound. Its product dimension is 30.8 x 20 x 23.6 inches. Its blade cutting diameter is 10” with a 1” blade arbor. It has an extendable guard fence for long work-pieces and an extra-large base for cutting stability. When cutting metal, no coolant is required and the blade produces no sparks. This chop saw cuts metal and wood.
9. Evolution Power Tools RAGE4 7-1/4-Inch TCT Multipurpose Cutting Chop Saw
This is a 19 pound, 7-1/4” inch blade chop saw with a diameter of 19 x 7.8 x 14.8 inches. It’s made of aluminum and its cutting blade diameter is 7.25 inches. When cutting metal, there is no heat build-up. Therefore, no coolant needed. There is no production of sparks when in use. This chop saw cuts metal neat making one want to jump to welding as soon as possible. The blade arbor size is 20mm and one cannot mount 5/8 blades, which are great to work with. A custom arbor piece needs to ordered to facilitate its multi-purpose qualities with other blades.
8. Makita LC1230 12″ Metal Cutting Saw
This is a 45-pound carbide chop saw with a 12” (60T) carbide-tipped metal cutting blade metal (A-90532). This is a long-lasting carbide tipped blade for cost-efficient, clean and accurate cutting and virtually burr-free. Its dimensions are 13.8 x 22.6 x 17.3 inches with a powerful 15-amp motor @ 120 volts totaling to 1650 wattage. It has a D-shaped handle for easy handling and a lock-off button to prevent accidental starts. This chop saw is 4-times faster cutting light metal pipes, angle iron tubing conduit and channel than abrasive cut-off saws. A pair of goggles and a socket wrench is included in the package.
7. Slugger by FEIN MCCS14 Metal Cutting Saw
This is a 3-horsepower low-speed, high-torque 2200-watt motor chop saw weighing 54 pounds of metal. It is loaded with a cast aluminum base feature with a table base clamp. Its dimension is 14x25x13.5 inches. The mounted 14” diameter blade can be engaged to cut metal from 0° – 45° angles. Slugger blades work well with this chop saw allowing optimal results. This chop saw has a chip collector.
6. DEWALT Metal Cutting Saw (DW872)
This is a 55 pound, 4-horsepower motor chop saw. Its dimensions are 24 x 15.2 x 18.5 inches. It has a 14” 70-tooth carbide-tipped blade delivering a low cost-per-cut when compared to other abrasive cutting blades. This reduces the need for preparation grinding and finished cuts that are cool to touch. Its wheel Arbor is 1 inch. This chop saws multi-cutting capability offers versatility by cutting a wide variety of materials ranging from ferrous to non-ferrous metals. This multi-cutter saw cuts 4 times faster than other chops saws and 8 times faster than portable band saws 2-inch by 2-inch by ¼ inch angle iron.
5. Evolution Power Tools RAGE2 Multi-Purpose Cutting Chop Saw
This is a 46-pound metal chop saw with a 14” blade. It can cut metal, plastic, and wood. The best choice of blade is the Evolution Circular Saw Blades. Its Arbor hole diameter is 1”. It can be used to make angle cuts. To ensure consistent precise cuts, do not force the blade to work, but gently let the blade do the cutting. Another measure to consider is using proper blades for the right job. This will improve the chop saws efficiency and blade durability.
4. PORTER-CABLE PCE700 15 Amp Chop Saw, 14″
This is a 32-pound chops saw powered by a 15 amp, 4-horsepower motor that tops at 3800 RPM. The product dimensions are 22.7 x 14 x 17.1 inches. It has a heavy-duty steel base for product stability with a cutting fence whose miter adjustment is easy to facilitate saw alignment. The base has a quick-release material clamp to remove materials easy and smoothly It comes with a spark’s deflector. Even with a chip deflector, one has to use caution because chip debris flies everywhere. Protection goggles and hand gloves are required. A problem is noted with the base when placed on a un-even surface, the base would flex causing misalignment and lousy metal cuts.
3. Evolution Power Tools EVOSAW380 15-Inch Steel Cutting Chop Saw
This is a 55 pound 15” blade steel chop saw. It comes with a 15-amp, 1800-watt motor with a high torque gearbox that reduces motor load and improves steel cutting performance. This quality makes it outperform abrasive saws by making fast metal cuts and prolong blade life averages to 1000 cuts in 2-inch by 2-inch mild steel. This saw cuts metal with minimal heat or spark’s and burrs leaving a workable finish. One can make 45-degree angle cuts. Its dimensions are 21 x 13.5 x 26 inches.
2. DEWALT 12-Inch Miter Saw (DWS715)
This is a 42.8 pound, 12” blade miter saw with a 15-amp 4000-RPM motor adding power and durability. The chop saw has a miter detent override that allows one to override the miter stops and adjust to the desired setting without the saw slipping into the miter detents. Its arbor size is 5/8 of an inch. It comes with a carbide blade, dust bag, blade wrench, vertical clamps and a comfortable side handles in the base. The cross-cut capacity is up to 2-inch by 8-inch dimensional lumber at 90° and a 2-inch by 6-inch dimensional lumber at 45°. Its base-fence support maintains the fence perpendicular to the blade for cutting accuracy. The chop saw has an adjustable stainless steel miter detent plate with 14 notched positive stops.
1. Metabo HPT Compound Miter Saw, (C10FCGS)
This is a 24.5 pound 10” blade compound miter chop saw with a 15-amp motor delivering high power. It has a bevel range from 0°-45˚ to the left with an adjustable bevel stops for precision cuts. Its miter angle range is from 0°-52° to the right and left for increased flexibility. It has a large table for better material support with a vice clamping system to secure the work-piece. A dust bag is included and a proper vice assembly. it has a Thumb actuated positive stops feature used for quick miter adjustments.