What Is A Chop Saw?
A cut off saw is quite a simple machine intended for amateur and professional welders who have to cut steel accurately and quickly. It consists of a big motor that sends its torque through a set of gears on the disc or abrasive wheel. The head of the device (consisting of the handle, the motor gear assembly, and the wheel) pivots directly into the cut. The metal is kept in place by a vise included in the saw’s base.
The disc is pretty thin and similar to a grinding wheel, as it wears away as it cuts through the metal. This is the reason these saws throw such large plumes of sparks. Speaking of that, when you put the metal saw in place and create your initial test cuts, focus on that spark pattern. Many of these saws are equipped with an adjustable spark deflector which stops the sparks from flying all around the area. The deflector directs the sparks down at the rear of the device. If you discover that many sparks are bouncing back toward you, adjust the deflector to shoot the sparks the places you need them.
Shopping For The Best Chop Saw
All of the saws above have enough strength to get the job done; you can purchase any of them with trust. So our recommendation on looking for these saws in general. When your finances are restricted, the Porter-Cable will be your primary option. Then, make sure you are at ease with the layout. If you are a seasoned woodworker and possess a miter saw, you are almost certainly used to a cross handle, like the one on the Dewalt. We discover that handle configuration is comfier than the old-school straight handle on several of these saws.
Furthermore, if the saw will remain in a fixed place within the shop, portability is not much of a problem. On the other hand, when the saw goes on and off a workbench a great deal, you will have to look at whether it is not hard to move, including its weight and whether it’s a top handle that you can see on the Bosch and the Metabo. Lastly, pay attention to the vise capacity if you plan to cut wide flat stock or make deep notches. The majority of the saws have more than sufficient capacity to handle stock under ten inches—only the Metabo can accommodate wider.
Testing Out Our Chop Saw Lineup
Our first action was mounting an industrial-grade Norton Gemini Rapid Cut abrasive wheel on every saw. It is an excellent, quality wheel that gave us good control to determine other qualities and components of the saws fairly. Then, we had taken a test cut by way of a 1/8-inch-wall steel pipe and, if needed, adjust the spark deflector. And then, we made another slice with the pipe and timed it. Lastly, we chopped through more pipe, stacked metal studs, and rebar.
We evaluated some other features of these saws during the process, like how good their vises worked, the amount of vibration they produced, and the overall quality of the device generally called finish and fit.
All of the saws did very well cutting metal, but we observed some variety in ease of usage.