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10-18-2007, 03:54 PM
Anybody have a good chopsaw they can honestly give good marks to? I'm interested in the 14" size. I'm shopping around right now. Thanks.
10-18-2007, 04:27 PM
Depending on how hard you plan on working it, their are several good ones goo there. I myself bought a Black and Decker Industrial 14 inch 20 years ago. still works great and has had a reasonably hard life. I did look after it so that why its still looks and works great. I havn't used it in the last few years as I purchased a bandsaw. If you can afford it I would look towards a bandsaw but if your hearts set on a chop saw, go for it.
10-18-2007, 05:21 PM
As a Toolmaker I definitely appreciate everything a band saw has over a chop saw. Eventually I'll make the leap to "sawdom" but for now just for small projects and hobby s*** around the small shop I'll have to settle for the chopper. I let my brother "borrow" a Delta brand about 15 years ago to cut metal frame studs when he started his commercial drywall business but I never saw it again. If it's still running I'm sure that cheap azz is still workin' it into the ground. Lowe's lowered there Dewalt to $199 recently about $30. That's here in Indy not sure about prices elsewhere. Milwaukee makes a good one but it's damn heavy like all Milwaukee products. I've got a Bosch 3/8 electric hand drill that I've had forever that still gets it when I need to maybe they make a chop saw(?). A guy told me today that Black and Decker bought out Delta and Porter-Cable in the last two years. I hope their quality doesn't take a hit.
Thanks for your input.
10-18-2007, 06:08 PM
The Dewalts are pretty good and I have seen lots being used. I have a Milwaukee at my main job and I hate it. I find it a piece of crap. I don't think they make the Black and Decker Industrial line anymore. DeWalt has always had ties wit B&D so as I understand it Dewalt is the better B&D line. I think that might be a good choice if you want to spend that much. Chopsaws definable has there place as a good tool. If you are planning to do simple jobs and upgrade to a bandsaw someday, you might want to check out the Harbor Freight lines and the Delta's. I heard some people say they are OK and might do you till you get the bandsaw. Just a thought.
Good luck and let us know how you make out.
10-18-2007, 06:14 PM
I also have the Black & Decker 14" Professional Model. Its been a workhorse in the past 20+ years. I haven't seen the Black & Decker brand chopsaw for sale anywhere for years. I think the Dewalt is the same saw since Black & Decker bought them out.
10-18-2007, 07:02 PM
I bought the Ridgid from home crepo, and I havent killed it in 3 years of it's less than charmed life(full of dust, stayed out in the rain a few times, 1/2" plate dropped on it, etc...). I pound this saw within an inch of its life and it comes back for more, and $179 ain't bad. I like it better than the DeWalt because the base is cast, abd better than the Milwaukee at the time because of the handle. The "lifetime" parts agreement is a nice + too.
I got one of the Porter Cable dry cuts ones...
10-18-2007, 08:25 PM
we have a dewalt at work that works fine the blades are not cheap and the base is a little flimzy but if you use it right it works.
10-18-2007, 09:07 PM
Did you have to bid on the Porter Cable dry cut saw? I went on e-bay but it looked like they were all bid saws.
There is one with a buy it now but why not just bid on one there are so many you can get one ending in a few hours...
10-18-2007, 11:53 PM
I really like the Dewalt chop saws. They are strong, sturdy, and reliable. They are also expensive, but in my honest opinion, they are worth every penny.
10-30-2007, 11:19 PM
I've abused a Makita chop saw for 8 years now, with no complaints or repairs.
The 1410 saws are $359 on there now, I guess no more deals :-(
10-30-2007, 11:26 PM
been using the Rigid for a couple years with no problems. The cast base is a nice feature.
10-30-2007, 11:48 PM
After returning a HF abrasive disk chop saw 8 times I bought a dewalt, I have had it for 5+ years without a problem. But I just bought the Milwaukee Dry cut>>> my dewalt is staying on the shelf. It cuts fast, straight, hardly no sparks and just a little burr's.
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