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    Chop saw vs. Cold saw

    I am getting ready to buy my first saw and would like to know the pros and cons of each type of saw. I want a saw that will cut 45 degrees both ways. Please let me know what saw you have and how you like it. I am also looking for places that sell them so i can compare prices.

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    Re: Chop saw vs. Cold saw

    Chop Saw:

    Pros: Cheap
    Cons: Not as accurate, messy, have to debur after cutting

    Cold Saw:

    Pros: Accurate, clean
    Cons: Expensive

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    Re: Chop saw vs. Cold saw

    I have a Dewalt chop saw. I love it, but like Cebby said, it has it's down sides. Not a precision cut although with a little work you can get very close to where you need to be. But if you need to shave off just a little, the "blade" has a tendency to bend.

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    Re: Chop saw vs. Cold saw

    I have a chop saw, a band saw and a miter saw, and I have used cold saws for numerous years.

    As stated - each has it's strong points and each has it's drawbacks. I don't think there's a saw that does it all.

    I guess if I was forced to choose only one, I would choose the cold saw. The cuts are clean, accurate and the saws are typically very durable. There is also very little heat generated during cutting, they take up less room than a band saw (a large one anyway) and they don't make as big of a mess as the other saws. You can also cut anything with a cold saw - aluminum, steel, stainless. I guess it depends on what you are cutting.

    If you are cutting mainly aluminum, a powerful compound miter saw with the correct blade cannot be beat. It makes a mess, though.

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    Re: Chop saw vs. Cold saw

    I have a Makita chop saw, and I think when you use the term "chop", you can probably assume inaccuracy. Chopping to me denotes close to acceptable, while cutting denotes a greater degree of accuracy of the cut. I find that spending more time on the clamping and fixturing of the piece to be cut does help, but the blade has alot of flex and doesn't promote an accurate cut. i would have to say that the chop saw is my least favorite tool in the shop.

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    Re: Chop saw vs. Cold saw

    I concur. The chop saw is great for some things, but mine rarely gets much use. I have found that the higher quality blades work better and there are ways to get it to cut OK, but still not great.

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    Re: Chop saw vs. Cold saw

    I used a porta band for a long time because it's what I had and worked for the little bit of metal I cut. When I started cutting more metal and needed to get an accurate cut I started looking for an older bandsaw but didn't find what I was looking for at a decent price. I did a lot of reading and ended up getting a dewalt multi cutter. Like a chop saw but has a carbide blade. I am really happy with this saw, cuts clean, straight, fast, and with little mess. It doesn't create much heat and you don't have to do much clean up to the metal if any like you have to with a chop saw. More expensive than a chop saw and the blades are more expensive but in my opinion it's worth the extra cost.

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    Re: Chop saw vs. Cold saw

    I have a Taiwan 4x6 horizontal bandsaw and a Portaband. But a lot of my cutting is done with a cutoff wheel in an angle grinder.
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    Re: Chop saw vs. Cold saw

    Instead of starting a new thread, I'll bump this one.

    What do you guys know about this new brand of cold cut saws? FURY2 14-in Multi-Purpose Chop Saw

    - Fast action swivel work clamp for angled cuts from 0-45°
    - Powerful 1800w motor.
    - Cuts Steel, Aluminum, Wood & Plastic.
    - Faster and cleaner cuts than an abrasive wheel.
    - No coolant required and produces virtually no sparks.
    - Doesn’t lose depth of cut during use, unlike an abrasive wheel.
    - Offers an instantly workable finish.
    - High quality construction.

    Technical Specifications
    Motor (115v ~ 60 Hz) 1800w
    Maximum Box Section 90° (1/4" Wall) 4-3/4" x 1"
    Maximum Box Section 45° (1/4" Wall) 3-1/2" x 3-1/2"
    Rectangle 90° (1/4" Wall) 4" x 7"
    Rectangle 45° (1/4" Wall) 3" x 4-21/64"
    Round 90° (1/4" Wall) 4-1/8"
    Round 45° (1/4" Wall) 4-9/64"
    RPM No Load 1450min -1
    Recommended Maximum Duty Cycle 30mins
    Sound Pressure Level (Under Load) 112.4dB(A)
    Weight 55.2lbs
    Maximum Dimensions (HxWxD) 23-5/8" x 11-13/16" x 22-5/8"

    Blade Specifications
    Maximum Diameter 14"
    Bore Diameter 1"
    Kerf (Thickness) 0.094" (3/32")
    Number of Teeth 36

    Amazon has them for $199.99.

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    Re: Chop saw vs. Cold saw

    That seems pretty sweet. I don't know how slow a cold saw should be, but that seems reasonably slow.

    No coolant used would lead me to believe that the blade won't last long on steel.

    FWIW, I use my DeWalt (wood) miter saw on Alum with a fine tooth blade with very good results.

    Also, I picked up a Jet 5 x 8 Horiz Band Saw - my results with it have been "OK". Not overly impressed with it.
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