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Metal Cutting Chop Saw Reviews

Updated on October 22, 2013

Choosing a metal cutoff saw can be a challenge, there are a lot of considerations and a lot of options. It is therefore important to think about how you are going to use your saw when you are making your choice so that you will get the one that is best for your needs.

Depending on how you are going to use your metal chop saw you will have to decide between a cold saw and an abrasive saw. Both are included in the reviews below so that depending on which one you decide is the best option you will be able to find best metal cutting chops saw for your needs.

Makita LC1230

Things I Like About the LC1230

  • Power, there is all kinds of power in this saw so you should have no trouble getting through almost anything.

  • Comes with a really nice blade. Given the cost of a good cold saw blade this is an important consideration. You will be able to get a lot of use out of the blade before you need to buy another one, unlike the blades that you get with a lot of metal saws.

  • Durable but light. The base is made out of aluminium to keep the weight down but it is still very solid.

  • Ample clearance, unlike a lot of saws you can depress the blade fully without hitting the ground.

  • Can make angle cuts

Things I Didn't Like About the LC1230

  • The vice is not as solid as I would like it to be, this is particularly problematic at 45 degree angles.

  • Using a chain rather than a pin lock to hold the blade in place for transport is a bit chinsy on a saw of this price.

Should You Buy the Makita LC 1230?

If you are in need of a really good metal cutoff saw this is definitely the one to get. It is a dry saw which makes it ideal for making precise cuts. It is on the pricey side to be sure but it works great and is highly recommended.

Dewalt D28715

Things I Like About the D28715

  • Good power, it is one of the more powerful abrasive saws that I have used.

  • Quick blade changes. Don't underestimate the importance of this on an abrasive saw, you will be changing the blade a lot. Being able to do it without a tool is important since there is a pretty good chance that you would lose the tool if there was one.

  • Nice and light making transport easy.

  • The quick lock on the vice is very easy to use.

Things I Didn't Like About the D28715

  • There is more blade deflection than I would like. To a certain extent this is an issue on all metal saws but most don't have as much as this one.

  • You con only make angle cuts going in one direction somewhat limiting the usefulness of the saw.

Should you Buy the Dewalt D28715?

This is easily the best abrasive saw that I have tried and I would highly recommend it to anybody who needs to cut a lot of metal but is not prepared to invest in a cold saw.

MK Morse CSM14MB

Things I Like About the CSM14MB

  • Colder cuts. This saw does not generate nearly as much heat as other cold saws when cutting, you will notice the difference the first time that you use the saw. This allows for both faster cuts and allows the blade to last longer.

  • All kinds of power. One of the reasons for the colder cuts is that there is plenty of power and more importantly that it is delivered with high torque and low RPM.

  • Very few sparks when cutting.

  • Extremely Quiet.

Things I Didn't Like About the MK Morse CSM14MB

  • There is a tool needed to make blade changes and to adjust the vice. On the positive side this does mean that the vice remains firmly locked in place. The downside of course is that it takes longer to make adjustments or change the blade. There is also the risk that you will lose the wrench although there is a compartment to store it in.

Should you Buy the MK Morse CSM14MB?

I really like this saw and I would highly recommend it. It is however a very expensive saw and I would imagine that a lot of people would have a hard time justifying the price which is the main reason that it is not ranked higher. For the professional user who will use it enough to justify the price it is definitely an option worth considering.


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