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  • Abrasive vs cold cut saw

    I am looking at getting a cut-off type saw for some light fab work. It will mostly be cutting 1-2" tubing, square and round, along with some angle, strapping, etc.

    My question is, is a dry cut worth the extra cost of blades? I have never used one before on steel. I used to work at an aluminum fishing boat plant and cut a lot of aluminum with them, but never steel. I read a lot of people complaining about them getting dull fast. Not sure if that is maybe due to blade quality, user issues, or normal?

    Any input is appreciated!
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  • #2
    I've got an Evolution Raptor dry cut saw........had it for over 2 years now ....still on the original blade that came with it...........and I've had a ton of material through it from 4x4 1/4 wall on down without any noticeable dropoff in the blades cutting ability.. Jim
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    • #3
      Abrasive throws nasty crap in every direction.
      Also the blade flexs and makes less accurate cuts.
      Save for the Blade version or get a bandsaw.

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      • #4
        Thanks. Looking at a lot of reviews, it seems that maybe the blades that come wth the saws are not the best? I am thinking that and user technique, or lack thereof, is most likely the problem.

        So, with a good blade and proper use a cold cut will far out shine an abrasive I take it.
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        • #5
          There are several past threads you can search for and you will get more info than you need on the subject.
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          • #6
            I will look that up, thanks.
            "When life gets tough and it looks like the gators are going to get you, step back, take a deep breath, and start killing them one at a time, usually the closest one first."
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            • #7
              I've had my Steel Max for 2 years and have cut so much steel i can't remember it all. just bought a new blade to replace the original and had the old blade resharpened and 2 teeth replaced for $24.50. the new blade is an Evolution blade that cost $95. i guess with the amount of cuts the old blade did i would have used probably 100 give or take abrasives and i don't know how many 4.5" disks to clean up the abrasive saw cuts to make them weldable. when you figure the costs it doesn't take a brain surgeon to figure how long it would take to pay for the cold cut saw and start saving/making money. i just bought the Evolution Rage 4, 7 1/4" cold cut saw with the all purpose blade to cut small steel and aluminum tube-etc so i don't have to change blades on the big saw. i haven't had it long enough to give a full review on it but so far it has been an awesome little saw.
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              • #8
                If you decide on the cold cut saw, Lowes now has the Evolution Rage2 for $199 either online or in stores (at least here in TX). I picked one up a few days ago and like it so far. Seems to be sturdy enough and makes very nice cuts. The only con I have is that it doesn't have the quick setting feature on the vise but it does have a crank on the setting wheel so it's not bad. You can get good replacement blades here: http://www.cripedistributing.com/fre...de-p-1467.html for $40 which is cheaper than most for a decent blade. BTW, Lowes also gives a 10% discount to military (active, reserves, retired, ETC) if you qualify. Good luck with your search.

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                • #9
                  Thanks guys! I think I am going to save my mony and go the cold saw route. Those both look like pretty decent saws.
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                  • #10
                    How well do the cold/dry saws work on GMAW welds? The reason I ask is I am modifying my trailer and the GMAW welds must have been done with 100% carbon dioxide and S6. Cannot get my grinder in there and have been using my reciprocating saw, burning blades and killing my muscles.

                    Yes, a plasma would be ideal here but I need a weldable surface without grinding.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Scarsman View Post
                      So, with a good blade and proper use a cold cut will far out shine an abrasive I take it.
                      Absolutely!!!
                      The cold saw will not deflect like an abrasive disc will and the result is a 90° cut.
                      No slag to grind off either.
                      No mess of abrasive grit covering everything in the shop.

                      I bought my Makita LC1230 machine 6 or more years ago and am still on the original blade...........



                      You buy a cold cut saw and you are never going to regret it. You will only wonder what took you so long to do so.
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