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cutoff saw opinions

Discussion in 'The Tool Shed' started by Jonny-K5, Apr 10, 2006.

  1. Jonny-K5

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    i've been doing more and more metalworking projects lately. and my only tools for cutting metal have been 4" angle grinder, sawzall, or a gas powered chopsaw. cutting angles is a real PITA by hand.i need a real cutoff saw. need to keep it under 200.

    i'll probly buy one from home depot since money is kinda tight right now and i have a business credit card there.

    the two i've been looking at are:

    #1.Ridgid-Model ZRCM1450. cost about 180 new. features i like are the D handle, and tooless fence adjustment. what i dont like is im not sure how good the ridgid name is. it looks/feels like better quality than say a ryobi, but i dont know about the internals. also there is no HP rating on the motor.


    #2 Milwakee 6176-20- cost around 170. features i like are a rated 3.2HP motor. advertised to cut thru 3&5/8ths bar stock, compared to ridgid's 2" rating. a brand name that i trust. 10bucks cheaper.

    what i dont like is you need a 3/4" wrench to adjust the fence. has the standard pistolgrip handle.(not sure if thats good or bad since i've never used one, but seems like the D handle would be nicer.)

    which one would you buy? should a look at another brand? what do you personally own?
     
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    Don't know about the rigid cutoff saw, but rigid is knowm to make some excellent tools. I use rigid pipe threading machines all the time at work, they are pretty much the name in pipe threading.
     
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    Rigid is good stuff, plus Home Depot pretty much has an open door return policy. Hell when I worked there, they let a guy return car tires. They don't even sell tires. lol
     
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    good to know ridgid has some positive feedback. it seemed like it was a quality piece at the store. however usually brands are really good at one tool. dewalt for drills, portercable for routers etc. i think i might give the ridgid a try, since i'd rather pick it up from the depot.
     
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    Last I heard Rigid was a house brand for Home Depot. Not sure how good their stuff is. I just purchased a Dewalt DW871 chop saw and it has been good so far. I'm a Dewalt person now and have not had a single Dewalt product fail on me yet (me crosses fingers).
     
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    Rigid is not a house brand for Home Depot. Rigid are very well made, beefy tools.
     
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    come on over and try out my dewalt. it was either dewalt or craftsman. you only need a big allen to change the disk, but the allen stores in the saw.
     
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    im a big fan of dewalt, ive got there 7pc cordless combo kit. but according to this site THIS SITE. there cutoff saw isnt that good. i think im gonna go with THIS one. pretty good reviews, and in my budget
     
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    wow, lotsa bad reviews, i love mine. it works great. anyway good luck. You going to make it to the BBQ? the post is in the lounge and the pacific forum
     

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