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Unread 11-05-2008, 09:34 PM   #16
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I've had that same HF model for a year or so now, and its held up well. As noted above, for anything more than angle or flat bar its not very accurate. Takes forever to get through anything thick, the grinder with a cutoff wheel is much faster.

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Unread 11-06-2008, 11:06 AM   #17
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Probably should have asked before buying, but like I said, I needed it pretty quickly didn't want to spend a lot on it, since I won't use it much.

I did use it yesteray to cut the 2" angle iron and it works OK. Once the saw gets up to speed, the blade has a slight wobble, so it ends up grinding out a fairly wide groove before it starts to cut. I did buy the "better" blade which I think is for a gas saw.

I found that if I just tap the switch a few times to get the wheel moving while it's on the metal, that alleviated the wobbling problem and my other cuts came out good. Thanks for the input. I'm sure it will sit in the bow for another year until I decide to do anything with it.

I got both supports welded up this morning and they turned out good.
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Unread 11-06-2008, 11:39 AM   #18
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I love my plasma cutter.With a guide and steady hand you can make some nice cuts..
And that sells for how much?
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Unread 11-06-2008, 03:09 PM   #19
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i use a dewalt chop saw at work to cut duct frames. it cuts pretty straight.
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Unread 11-06-2008, 03:29 PM   #20
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We had a Milwaukee chop saw when I worked in a fab shop. The blade would heat up quite a bit and would end up making the cuts uneven. Most of the time we could just tack them and weld over the gap. Also note that the stuff we were building was for industrial applications and most of it sat outside, so none of it had to be dead nuts square, like if you were building on your jeep or in your home.
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Unread 11-07-2008, 02:16 PM   #21
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I was working on a supplemental counter top support that we're having a piece of granite installed on. When the guy came to template, he said the existing structure "would probably" be OK, but I wanted some extra insurance against a possible crack. I just cut it a hair long and ground it down. It doesn't have to be pretty or exact, since it will be covered with some wood molding.

The problem I was having with the blade wobbling seemed to be the actual blade and not the motor bearings (which it shouldn't be since the saw is new, but who knows with the quality "made in china" stuff you buy at HF. I thinking a higher quality blade might work better than the one the 4 year old chinese sweatshop employees made.
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Unread 11-07-2008, 03:00 PM   #22
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I made some rock sliders last week and I used my HF saw a lot. I must say, I hated cutting the 3/16" steel with it. It made very unpredictable cuts. The blade moves out away from the start of the cut very easily. I will be shopping for a better brand next year some time. Just my 2 pennies
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Unread 11-07-2008, 07:11 PM   #23
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I made some rock sliders last week and I used my HF saw a lot. I must say, I hated cutting the 3/16" steel with it. It made very unpredictable cuts. The blade moves out away from the start of the cut very easily. I will be shopping for a better brand next year some time. Just my 2 pennies
My DeWalt seems to do the job.
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