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Unread 11-05-2008, 05:20 AM   #1
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HF 14" cut off saw opinions

I bought one of these yesterday to cut some angle iron for some counter top island supports that we're having granite installed on. Is thing any good or did I waste $70? It was on sale BTW, normaly $90. I kinda need to get this done by the end of this week, so I really can't wait for something by mail.

I didn't want to spend $150 at on a dewalt or hitachi for something I will only use a couple times a year if that.

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Unread 11-05-2008, 05:48 AM   #2
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Had one for years and have used it allot. Don't know that a more expensive one would be any better at least for what I use it for.
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This Dewalt has 4.0 hp wheras the HF has 2.0 hp. I like more power.

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Unread 11-05-2008, 06:23 AM   #4
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I had one for 3 hours. I could cut straighter with my angle grider so I brought it back and bought a Milwaukee. Now I can make straight cuts
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Unread 11-05-2008, 07:51 AM   #5
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Got a miter saw, if so just throw a steel blade in there and giver, they work great if all your doing is cutting a little bit of pieces.
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I don't have one, but I've been told that when you purchase a chop saw, to make sure there is no play back and forth with the blade when tightened down. That way you can get a strait cut.
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don't force the saw through the steel, you'll burn up the bearings. go slow and let the saw nibble out the steel. this will help keep the cuts straight, but as the blade moves and produces friction it heats up, and heats up the metal (ALOT!), and it won't cut very straight. chop saws are good for rough work and quick cuts, but by no means should they be used to precision cuts. a sawzall or angle grinder will get you more precise cuts. don't forget to wear ear muffs, chop saws are really REALLY loud.
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How could a sawzall or angle grinder give a straighter cut than a chop-saw?
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oxy acetlene cutting torch alot faster and more fun!
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How could a sawzall or angle grinder give a straighter cut than a chop-saw?
with a steady hand anything is possible

i use an angle grinder all the time, its basically the swiss army knife of my garage
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Unread 11-05-2008, 11:14 AM   #12
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How could a sawzall or angle grinder give a straighter cut than a chop-saw?
a welding bench with a big 6" vise mounted to it, a steady hand, pipe-wrap, a soapstone and a keen eye.

the chop saw blade flexes A LOT when you're cutting. I made ALL my cuts on my roll cage with an angle grinder & cutting disc, almost every cut was perfectly flat or angled as needed. If you're cutting angle iron, or flat bar, a chop saw isn't too bad, but cutting tubing...you'll need to cut again with another tool because the blade flexes so much.
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I have to disagree here. I have had my Rigid chop saw for a few months now and have NOT ONCE had to address a cut because it was not straight or messed up in anyway. I have cut DOM tubing, 1" and 2" square tubing, flat stock, angle iron, and even some plate.

I even used it to chop up my sport roll bar to add parts to my family bar. Once again, straight cuts exactly where I marked them to be.
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Shouldn't you asked for opinions BEFORE you bought one? They have that one on sale for $49 quite often. I would think it'd work fine for a while. I've decided to stop buying cheap tools just to get by, so I try to buy a better quality tool when I need it now.
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I love my plasma cutter.With a guide and steady hand you can make some nice cuts..
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