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Hi All,

For some time now I have "Been a Watching" ebay for a single or even 3 phase Metal cut off saw, the sort that have a base table, and a motor cutting assembly on a pivot, which you then pull the arm down to cut whatever is in the vice.....normally this have a very slow RPM or 40-60 RPM...

They also go for a fortune, and often are miles away....but I do keep watching and hoping :blink: ....

So, I was just having a flick through the latest Northern tools catalogue that arrived and saw one of these :

Item No 32552E-164

http://www.northerntooluk.com/products.asp?partno=32552E

its says :

"The world's first truly multipurpose Mitre S.A.W which cuts steel, aluminium and wood (even wood with nails),

all with the same blade. Powerful 2000W hi-torque motor 75mm max. cutting depth / 300mm slide Mitre / Bevel: 0-45º

Cuts are fast, clean with virtually no burr or sparks..."

And not a fortune either. :rolleyes:

So.................

Me Q is :

Are these any good,??

Never heard od 'TCT Cutting Technology'...or seen it in action....

Is this a case on new technology being brill as it sometimes is ???

or is it junk compared with an old technology 50 RPM Coolant cutting saw ???

comments please :(

Nige :unsure:

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i konw nick walker picked up a good one for not "too" much money new- it may haev been a dewalt and it had a high speed cutting disc in it- it did the job pretty effectively. Might be a cheaper option than a fluid cooled chop saw.

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I've heard good things about the Rage saws. Not seen one in person - and my only doubt is how substantial the base is?

The blades are expensive - but if they are carbide tipped, if my experience of lathe tools is anything to go by, they should last a while!

Si

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I used a Dewalt one with a TCT blade to help make a m,ates cage. It cuts quick and clean but it needs a small edge to work on. Thus starting and finishing is hard and seems to cause loads of heat. When the blade can chisel an edge of though it goes like stink. Very noisy, earmuffs recommended. I tried to cut some flat plate and it wouldn't even mark it. It was just a bit big to turn through 90 degrees or I guess it would have been OK.

I had the feeling that after about 20-30 tube cuts the blade had lost its edge. I don;t know how much work it had already done though.

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TCT Cutting technology just means its got a carbide tiped blade.

The rake angle of the teeth is different to that of a wood-cutting circular saw blade (these ones have a negative rake, rather than a positive rake)

They are really noisy, too noisy to use in a 'domestic workshop'

They are more deisgned for sitework, and the blades don't seem to last very long.

I think you are better off looking for a decent fluid cooled bandsaw, it will give nicer cut, it might not be as fast, but at least it will be nice and quiet, and you can leave it to get on with the job...

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Well you've used the Dewalt one I've borrowed from work before now, and you'll recall just quite how much Sue complained about the noise it made!!!!!

Jon

:blink: ...............Oh Yeah..... I think she "May have mentioned" it - several times......hmmmmmmm :huh:

.....Very noisy, earmuffs recommended.....

Er .......... :unsure:

They are really noisy, too noisy to use in a 'domestic workshop'

Ok...don't think my ears can take that much abuse

(SWMBO - Not the TCT Cutter :lol:)

Back to Ebay watching for me then for a 50rpm one mit coolant...unless anyone knows of one for sale ?

Nige

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Yeah, good call. I'd love a proper cut off/cold saw. Like a hot knife through butter - and more to the point you don't get blade diostortion like a chop saw so everything is nice and square. To say nothing of saving your ears, not creating all that damn grinding dust and being generally more civilised.

I'm dubious about those Rage jobbers. Seems too good to be true? I'd stick with an old cold saw. I will pm you a link which may help... ;)

Oh, can we get a Mod to move this to Tools and Fab? I think the Mods of that section are pretty possessive and won't like to see this in the International section! :ph34r::P:ph34r:

Cheers, Al.

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Oh, can we get a Mod to move this to Tools and Fab? I think the Mods of that section are pretty possessive and won't like to see this in the International section! :ph34r::P:ph34r:

it might not be Nigel's fault, as he may not of known there was a Tools and Fab forum. ;);)

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I bought one of these http://www.machinemart.co.uk/shop/product/...ive-cut-off-saw 2 weeks ago, i must say its fantastic, the base is a little flimsey, but its only £99 and does a fantastic job, i've cut loads of box, angle and flat with it, cuts quickly and squarely and even does mitre angles too - makes a few sparks and isnt exactly quiet but i didnt wear ear protectors and havnt gone deaf yet!! :rolleyes:

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Smo - yeah thats a handy thing to have around. I've got that exact model and it see a lot of use (vapour can be tough stuff...)

But Mr From Hell is talking about cold saws (maybe you know, sorry). The big brither of the chop saw - check it out:

Cheers, Al.

:)

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is it essential to have soem sort of circular saw?

there's ben a few reciprocating liquid coooled blade saws (i have no idea what they are properly called) around which are reasonably priced second hand and will cut through just about anything. They are a tad slow, but they are quiet and reliable.

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I have sent myself a strongly worded PM, and warned me that should I do this again I could put myself on Mod Aproval

I have PMd back to say sorry and that I will behave more in the future :blink:

That should teach me

Must go ....medication time

Nige :unsure:

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18th october in Dunkeswell at a place called MST auctioneers they are having a machine shop auction- this a huge commercial auctioneers and the last time i went there were lathes etc galore. might be worth a trip down this way if you haven't bought by then (or try and find your local commercial auction house)

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I've used a circular saw designed to cut steel:

http://www.amazon.com/Milwaukee-6370-21-8-...r/dp/B0000WUQI4

It will cut 1/2 plate like plywood - cuts cold, clean (leaves almost a mirror edge) and fast. 2x2 hitch steel is ziiiiiiinnnnnnnnnnnnngggggggggg.......clunk. It's loud and some hot bits of metal make it out of the shroud and try to burn you, but wow it cuts fast. The carbide blades seem to last many many cuts.

A chop saw of the same design would be great.

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Hi All,

For some time now I have "Been a Watching" ebay for a single or even 3 phase Metal cut off saw, the sort that have a base table, and a motor cutting assembly on a pivot, which you then pull the arm down to cut whatever is in the vice.....normally this have a very slow RPM or 40-60 RPM...

They also go for a fortune, and often are miles away....but I do keep watching and hoping :blink: ....

So, I was just having a flick through the latest Northern tools catalogue that arrived and saw one of these :

Item No 32552E-164

http://www.northerntooluk.com/products.asp?partno=32552E

its says :

"The world's first truly multipurpose Mitre S.A.W which cuts steel, aluminium and wood (even wood with nails),

all with the same blade. Powerful 2000W hi-torque motor 75mm max. cutting depth / 300mm slide Mitre / Bevel: 0-45º

Cuts are fast, clean with virtually no burr or sparks..."

And not a fortune either. :rolleyes:

So.................

Me Q is :

Are these any good,??

Never heard od 'TCT Cutting Technology'...or seen it in action....

Is this a case on new technology being brill as it sometimes is ???

or is it junk compared with an old technology 50 RPM Coolant cutting saw ???

comments please :(

Nige :unsure:

I've bought one had it a few months now, for the money I can't fault it, does exactly what it says.

It'll cut through 2" blue band in about 2 to 3 seconds, I've cut 50mm 6mm wall CDS with it and mitred 2" 5mm wall box all with no problems.

The chips that come off it are bloody hot though so gloves, face shield and a melt proof jacket are recommended :rolleyes: .

I don't doubt it won't put up up with 'day in, day out' constant use, but I think its cheap for what it does.

They do a more heavy duty cut off saw with a 14" blade, which I think is more steel oriented and the blade is alleged to last longer. Its about £30 more

http://www.migtigarc.co.uk/Specialist/specialist.html is where I got mine from for the same price as Northern tool delivery was free.

My local B&Q superstore is selling them for £147 at the moment.

HTH

Andy

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I've been looking for something to supliment my material cutting ability for a little while now. Like Nige I'd love a cold saw but they are big money. For under £150 I might have to give one of those Rage saws a go!

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Oi, Will, read your PM's!!

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