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Unread 11-09-2008, 11:02 AM   #1
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How well does a Sawzall cut metal?

I want one for xmas. How well would a 10amp recip saw cut metal? Angle, tube, etc.....

Would it outperform my HF chopsaw for accurate cuts?

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Unread 11-09-2008, 11:04 AM   #2
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It will cut metal like a hot knife thru butter if you use the right blade. It will not outperform a chopsaw for accurate cuts, except in maybe the hands of the most skilled user.
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buy milwalkee 10tooth torch blades at ace hardware theyre like $7 a pack or the same ones are like 11.50 a pack at home depot.
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Unread 11-09-2008, 01:07 PM   #4
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YES get the torch blades from above. They are the Shnizzle!!!! The saw itself is great but it is true that it is not going to give you a very accurate cut. I have an 18V Dewalt and I LOVE it!
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A sawzall is only as accurate as you can control it, but for the places you just can't place an angle grinder or chop saw.... they work great!!!!
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x2 on an angle grinder
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Unread 11-11-2008, 04:33 PM   #7
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Recip saws can cut quite well with a little patience and some skill. They won't outcut "chop" saws for speed or band saws for square cuts and longevity. They are handy for cutting things that you couldn't bring to other saws.

I tested a bunch of blades and the Morse Bi-Metal beat the rest in speed and number of cuts per blade. I don't know how to post a spread sheet, but if anyone is interested drop me a line............chim
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Agreed with above, they're not exactly accurate, but work great for some applications.

I would stay clear of Bosch blades, I thought they would be fine, but in a single cut through an exhaust tube stripped about half the teeth off.

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x2 on the 18 volt dewalt mine rips through steel like its nothing
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x2 on an angle grinder
I used to think that until I purchased a sawzall and decent blades - no more metal dust all over the place!

To the OP - get a sawzall and some good blades and you'll be amazed. I just cut some 3/16" plate and if I had to guess it took about 2-3 seconds to go through about 4" of plate...
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I used to think that until I purchased a sawzall and decent blades - no more metal dust all over the place!

To the OP - get a sawzall and some good blades and you'll be amazed. I just cut some 3/16" plate and if I had to guess it took about 2-3 seconds to go through about 4" of plate...
i've got a nice Dewalt sawzall with dewalt blades (i know i need to get torch blades), but i don't have a work bench & clamp...so holding something by hand and cutting by eye with a sawzall is hell. at least the angle grinder is more dangerous and i can cut something vital open, clearly making it the tool of choice.
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i've got a nice Dewalt sawzall with dewalt blades (i know i need to get torch blades), but i don't have a work bench & clamp...so holding something by hand and cutting by eye with a sawzall is hell. at least the angle grinder is more dangerous and i can cut something vital open, clearly making it the tool of choice.
LOL - what's wrong with holding the metal in your hand and cutting it with a sawzall - I used to do that with wood all the time...
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It will cut metal like a hot knife thru butter if you use the right blade.
Exactly. I just had a chance to use this fine tool last week at a friend's garage when he was welding on my rear shock relocators. He handed me the sawzall to get rid of the old shock mounts and that's what I said: "Like butter, man, like butter!"
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YEA X8 on the sawzall, although nothing beats the new Milwaukee 15 amp super-sawzall. It's the fashizzle. Bad*** too, and it's heave, but fast as hell, but when cutting thick or hardened metals, lower the speed, as it does literally burn the blade.
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I dunno how I ever got along before I bought my sawzall maybe 6 years ago. It cuts pretty much anything I need it to and with the right blade, quick and smooth for most cuts. How the heck did our dads and grandfathers make do with hacksaws for all their metal cuts in olden days?
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