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    Sliding metal chop saw???

    Anyone have any experience with the evolution sliding chop saws? They look and operate like a regular wood chop saw. It would need the blade changed to an all metal cutting blade after the multi blade dies but lack of a clamp makes me Leary.


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    Re: Sliding metal chop saw???

    We have one.

    Sorta works.

    Notice the orange plastic center sleeve, guide?

    It gets destroyed after the first hot shavings land on it.


    The clamp is also weak sauce- as you noticed.


    Never needed the Sliding function not even wanted to attempt it- again- no really good way to clamp the material.


    Sits in the corner now.

    be better off using that money towards an basic Abrasive saw or a Multi-Cutter

    Evolution EVOSAW380: Metal Cutting Chop Saw With 14 In. Mild Steel Blade $419.00
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    Re: Sliding metal chop saw???

    Would have to check if multi-material refers to metal/steel. I highly doubt it because there looks to be plastic parts on the saw. Would be great if someone made an affordable metal specific mitre saw but I've never seen one. Wood mitre saws are much more accurate than metal chop saws unless you get into an industrial cold cut saw or higher end bandsaw.

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    Sliding metal chop saw???

    It says for steel. I have a Dewalt 14 abrasive saw. It just doesn’t miter very well. The blade deflects and many times my cuts are not 90 degrees. I have a small circular saw and like the clean cut. Maybe I should look at the dedicated cold saw like the ones you posted.


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    Re: Sliding metal chop saw???

    Quote Originally Posted by Welder Dave View Post
    Would have to check if multi-material refers to metal/steel. I highly doubt it because there looks to be plastic parts on the saw. Would be great if someone made an affordable metal specific mitre saw but I've never seen one. Wood mitre saws are much more accurate than metal chop saws unless you get into an industrial cold cut saw or higher end bandsaw.
    Yup.

    It actually cuts metal easily but useless for wood after using it on metal unless you are just cutting crappy wood. Metal shavings stuck in the plastic after the first use and will just wreck a nice piece of wood.
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    Re: Sliding metal chop saw???

    Ed must have been typing the same time I was. I concur with what he said.

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    Re: Sliding metal chop saw???

    Quote Originally Posted by WVDeere View Post
    It says for steel. I have a Dewalt 14 abrasive saw. It just doesn’t miter very well. The blade deflects and many times my cuts are not 90 degrees. I have a small circular saw and like the clean cut. Maybe I should look at the dedicated cold saw like the ones you posted.


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    It takes a sec to dial in an abrasive saw but it can be done.

    You need to adjust the vise so that the blade comes down on the metal more towards the top of the piece yer cutting. And the adjust the vise as need when the blade wears down.


    The dedicated cold saw is really nice but a wee bit more $$$.

    We have one of those too.
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    Re: Sliding metal chop saw???

    I used the same model at a friends workshop. Ed is exactly right with his comments.

    There is no way I would trust that hold down clamp. When I used the saw, I made sure I added several other clamps to the piece being cut
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    Re: Sliding metal chop saw???

    That EVOLUTION SLIDING METAL SAW looks exactly like my 10" KOBALT sliding compound miter saw except the KOBALT is blue & black, I'm sure the motor is different on the EVOLUTION.
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    Re: Sliding metal chop saw???

    What's next? The Evolution metal cutting panel saw ?
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    Re: Sliding metal chop saw???

    As expensive as these saws are I’d like to see some sort of speed control through a transmission with step up or down gearing and or motor wiring with circuitry for infinitely adjustable speed control like on a mill, lathe, drill press, portable band saws etc etc. $50 - $150 extra would be worth it IMO to only need one saw for multiple material types, wood, plastic, composit, metal, Aluminum, ceramic, clay etc etc.

    i could see using my Dewalt double compound sliding miter saw for all my material needs. It’s possible but at what cost is the big question. I’m sure we’ll see one in our lifetime now that the cats out of the bag. Just like when the Rebel came out and a lot of people asked for ac high freq starts. They initially said not possible but low and behold now it is.
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    Re: Sliding metal chop saw???

    I was just at an auction at a North Carolina business that made some darn nice truck boxes, dog boxes for trucks, animal control truck bodies, custom lavatory trailers etc and they had several standard woodworking DeWalt miter saws on pretty elaborate cutting rigs for aluminum cutting so they must have held up for at least enough time to be worth it.

    They were using a pair of fairly high end band saws and an abrasive saw for steel, though.

    I have used my 12" double compound DeWalt for some aluminum cutting but wouldn't try it with steel. Add me to the list of folks who'd like to see a true metal cutting circular miter saw with a rigid table, stout fence and good clamping system.

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    Re: Sliding metal chop saw???

    I purchased one for my school a few years back, in order to cut a multitude of materials for the solar car project. It cuts steel just fine, as long as it's clamped down properly as others are saying. The only thing I don't like when cutting using the front-to-back sliding motion is that there is no resistance to help keep a steady feed, only the material-being-cut itself. Gotta be careful you don't feed it in too quickly or there go chipped carbide teeth, bent blade/material, or even worse ejected material that gets jammed up or what ever. Other than that, so long as you're careful and go nice and slow, it works.
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    Re: Sliding metal chop saw???

    Quote Originally Posted by WVDeere View Post
    Anyone have any experience with the evolution sliding chop saws? They look and operate like a regular wood chop saw. It would need the blade changed to an all metal cutting blade after the multi blade dies but lack of a clamp makes me Leary.


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    I have a DeWalt compound miter saw with the slide and the Diablo carbide tooth 14" blade and it works a charm on alum. It too does not have a clamp, and I do not slide the arm. Would not be without it for alum, but no way would use it for steel.
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    And the Diablo carbide tip blade works wonders on shaving alum lengths to size a few thousands at a time.
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    Re: Sliding metal chop saw???

    I was using a compound miter for cutting aluminum. The material being cut had to be WELL ANCHORED ... repeat ... WELL ANCHORED and let the blade stop before lifting from the cut. The compound miter saw runs at 3600 + rpm. I have since ordered a evo380 for cutting steel and will also use it for the aluminum cuts with a non ferrous blade. It is reported to run 1450 rpm. Cheapest buy for the evo was at home depot online.

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    Re: Sliding metal chop saw???

    Woodworking saws work just fine for cutting aluminum...the cutting speed is similar between aluminum and wood. I've cut some pretty heavy alum on my table saw, no sweat. Steel is a whole nother ball game. I also have a handheld Evolution Rage circ saw for steel, works fine for what it is...

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    Re: Sliding metal chop saw???

    I bought one last year for a big handrail project that required cutting a bunch of 1x2 tubing on site. I bought the version that uses the 7 1/4” blade. Built in clamp sucks. I used my own clamp. If work is clamped in place well it cuts pretty good and has good blade life. If you let the material move much it will eat blade in a hurry. Throws a lot of hot metal bits everywhere. When cutting at 90 deg most chips go away from you. When cutting a miter with blade kicked to right it seems all the chips come back at you. A few times I caught a metal chip on the lip. That will make you throw some stuff.


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