I have bought several metal cutting chopsaws over the years. Two of mine actually got stolen during the same burgulary. They were both Makitas, from the 80's-90's. Good saws.
There's a company called Enco Mfg. That sells tools, etc. Some of their stuff is just OK, some is just junk. They had a sale once, and they had 14" Enco brand chopsaws on sale for cheap money (like $79.00...). So, I bought one. It was SO BAD, that I went out and bought new brushes (right away), just to see if that made a difference. It didn't. That thing was so bad, it would just about cut a metal coathanger. It would just die as soon as the wheel touched the metal. I have no time for this. I threw it out.
When I bought my current chop saw, about 10 years ago, I really shopped around. I settled on another Makita that has a special feature that the others (back then, anyway) didn't have.
It had a spring loaded wheel/handle (the upper assembly). You can lock in piece of metal , hit the start trigger, then the whole upper assembly can be pulled toward the operator (it's under spring tension). As the wheel is lowered vertically onto the metal, the spring action also pulls the upper assembly (the wheel) horizontally into the metal.
I don't use this feature every time, but after a while, you learn when it's advantageous to do so. Good saw.
'79 CJ5, AMC 360, t-18/d20 twin stick, dana 30/amc20(Mosers), Edelbrock Performer intake, Holley 600, ps/pb, DUI HEI, 'glass tub/1pc. tilt nose, 33x12.50 BFG AT's.
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