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IanS1
28-10-2013, 10:46 AM
Any recommendations for a good chop saw for cutting steel tube and aluminium? Mitre cutting would be nice but not essential.

alex wight
28-10-2013, 12:01 PM
I'm in the same boat Ian, I bought a blade to fit on my chop saw at 54, a metal cutting metal blade. It lasted 4 cuts. It's going back but I need to get one sorted for the weekend. I'm looking at hiring one for a couple of weeks as I'll not use it again. Look forward to the replies tho

irving2008
28-10-2013, 12:31 PM
My Rage3 (http://www.screwfix.com/p/evolution-rage3-s-210mm-sliding-mitre-saw-240v/70961) with a quality Bosch TCT blade handled everything I threw at it, but if all you want is a chop saw then consider the more powerful Rage2 chop saw (http://www.screwfix.com/p/evolution-rage-2-2000w-355mm-multipurpose-chop-saw-230v/42602).

The standard blades as supplied are fine for alloy (with some cutting fluid if you're doing a lot) but I'd upgrade to the better blade for steel. Again cutting fluid will help blade life.

IanS1
28-10-2013, 12:46 PM
Have been looking at this one also a Rage 3 but slightly different spec to what screwfix state. Can you confirm which spec is correct please Irving or are they perhaps two different versions of the same model.

Evolution Rage 3 - 255mm/10" Compound Sliding Mitre Saw (230V) - Machine Mart (http://www.machinemart.co.uk/shop/product/details/rage-3-10in-compound-sliding-mitre-saw)

irving2008
28-10-2013, 12:59 PM
My link is to a 1500w motor @ 169, yours is a 2000w motor @ 203, both inc VAT, otherwise same machine...

IanS1
28-10-2013, 01:39 PM
Thanks, think I'm going to try the Rage 2, better cutting capacity.

alex wight
28-10-2013, 11:22 PM
Hi Ian, i just bought a clarke mitre chop saw and five new blades for 50 from gumtree, a friend contacted me through facebook at 8.25pm, by 10pm i was back home with saw and blades, im well chuffed. Gumtree might be an option for you, if you dont want to fork out a lot of money?

alex

IanS1
28-10-2013, 11:41 PM
Seems like a good find/deal Alex, well done. I'll keep an eye out over the next few days.

JoeHarris
21-03-2014, 02:21 PM
My Rage3 (http://www.screwfix.com/p/evolution-rage3-s-210mm-sliding-mitre-saw-240v/70961) with a quality Bosch TCT blade handled everything I threw at it, but if all you want is a chop saw then consider the more powerful Rage2 chop saw (http://www.screwfix.com/p/evolution-rage-2-2000w-355mm-multipurpose-chop-saw-230v/42602).

The standard blades as supplied are fine for alloy (with some cutting fluid if you're doing a lot) but I'd upgrade to the better blade for steel. Again cutting fluid will help blade life.

I can recommend the rage 2, mine has been great. Only got through one blade so far and it has seen a lot of use. make sure you have full eye protection - the chips are pretty violent!!

little bit cheaper from FFX.
http://www.ffx.co.uk/tools/product/Evolution%20Rage2%202%200849713011251%20Rage%202%2 0355Mm%20Tct%20Multipurpose%20Cut%20Off%20Saw%2024 0V

IanS1
21-03-2014, 04:08 PM
I went for one of these in the end, it's been excellent so far.

Evolution Raptor 355

EVO 355 Raptor - 355mm Cut Off Saw - YouTube (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UVfD81u1l78)