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.
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.
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.
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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