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  • 6" Abrasive Chop Saw

    I had considered building a small chop saw for use on jobs too small to bother
    dragging out a heavy old school 14" unit I own. There have been several
    threads here showing examples of what others have built.

    However, in the autumn of 2011 I found the following 6" import that made
    building my own redundant.



    I bought this as a 'project', thinking I would build a better clamp/mitre
    arrangement to replace the stampings it comes with but so far, the OEM
    hardware has been adequate for cutting small wire, bar and tube. The
    quick-release feature for the clamp is convenient, if a bit fragile looking.
    The V-shaped channel section on the fixed side of the clamp is useful
    for round stock - it has two pins that slip into holes on the fixed piece
    to hold it in place and comes out readily for cutting flat material. The
    saw uses standard 6" abrasive disks with a 5/8" arbor hole.

    I thought what I paid at a half price sale was a good deal, but when I
    was researching tool boxes for my other current thread I noticed the
    chop saw is currently available in the US for half again of what I paid.
    Hardly more than the price of a few abrasive disks ?

    http://www.tractorsupply.com/jobsmar...ff-saw-1018455

    Mine puts me money and time ahead that I can use for other aspects
    of my hobby.

    .

  • #2
    For those of us who don't live near a TSC store, there is always this one:
    http://www.harborfreight.com/6-inch-...saw-41453.html

    I would have totally turned my nose up at these little saws except when my buddy died and I was tasked with disposing of his shop and rendering her 2 car garage usable again by the widow, I wound up with one for free. I have to say as a guy who's owned 14" and 16" abrasive cutoff saws, a 400mm cold saw and at least half a dozen horizontal cutoff bandsaws, this little guy has earned its keep. It doesn't have a quick-clamp vise, though. But all the little bits of sheet metal are bent quite accurately. I last used it cutting a whole bunch of 1/4" round steel bar to make BBQ cooking grates. Worked, um, great!

    metalmagpie

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    • #3
      eddy who is carrying that saw in Canada?

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      • #4
        My friend likes his so much that he bought a second one at the latest price (much lower than what he paid for the first) to have as a spare.
        Any products mentioned in my posts have been endorsed by their manufacturer.

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        • #5
          The problem with any chop saws and even bandsaws is working with small pieces and sheet metal. While there are "holding" solutions for small pieces I've found using a thin kerf cut off wheel in a small conventional table saw as being incredibly useful.
          * motor runs slowly but is of course quieter (less annoying to neighbors).
          * slow motor means slower cutting but I am much more comfortable about putting my fingers closer to the blade with very small pieces.
          * can use standard table saws mitre slide and fences.
          * can rip sheet metal - something a chop saw can't really do.
          * can usually add water cooling to cut heat sensitive steels.

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          • #6
            Thanks for the tip. I just bought the last 3 Kalamazoo had. This is twice the saw harbor freight has & much better built. 6.5 amps & 7400 rpms. One is going right on the welding table. Thanks again!
            "Let me recommend the best medicine in the
            world: a long journey, at a mild season, through a pleasant
            country, in easy stages."
            ~ James Madison

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            • #7
              Eddy, If it wasn't your thread I'd use it for a tool gloat!
              "Let me recommend the best medicine in the
              world: a long journey, at a mild season, through a pleasant
              country, in easy stages."
              ~ James Madison

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              • #8
                Originally posted by sasquatch
                eddy who is carrying that saw in Canada?
                Princess Auto. $79.99 vs the HF for $39.99

                PA has forgotten it's roots and is now trying gouge as much as they can.
                Last edited by RancherBill; 04-14-2012, 04:33 PM.

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                • #9
                  sasquatch. Sorry, just signed in and found the question

                  As RancherBill notes, mine came from PA - SKU: 8292138. No need to
                  hurry down at the moment because their website indicates PA is asking
                  tourist price for the unit. However, if you bide your time, it may likely
                  come on sale again. IIRC, I paid either 45 or 49 for mine.

                  RB, the HF unit is different than mine. The Tractor Supply one is identical,
                  aside from the colour. TS was asking 25 (discounted from 60) when I
                  posted above.

                  Also, I wouldn't beat up PA too much. South of the 49th, Northern Tool
                  has the same unit in grey
                  (SKU 338070) listed for the same list price as PA.
                  That deal at TS was an eye-opener, flylo got a pair and a spare for
                  what he would usually pay for one at retail - gloatworthy to me.

                  .
                  Last edited by EddyCurr; 04-14-2012, 04:46 PM.

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                  • #10
                    I need a "you suck" for it to be official!
                    "Let me recommend the best medicine in the
                    world: a long journey, at a mild season, through a pleasant
                    country, in easy stages."
                    ~ James Madison

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                    • #11
                      It's on sale at TSC for $24.99.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by CCWKen
                        It's on sale at TSC for $24.99.
                        Tractor Supply stores are damn scarce near Seattle. :-(

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                        • #13
                          Scored 2 more, all 5 for $24.95 ea. I know why they closed them out TSC doesn't sell blades for them. Thanks again for posting because these are very nice quality saws.
                          "Let me recommend the best medicine in the
                          world: a long journey, at a mild season, through a pleasant
                          country, in easy stages."
                          ~ James Madison

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