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We bought the Milwaukee dry cut saw late last year and have been very happy with it. The blade has almost 2K cuts and is still sharp. Recently we mounted the saw to a Delta miter saw/planer stand with a lazy Susan bearing under it so we can rotate the saw for cutting angles. The stand quickly folds into a hand truck configuration for moving with the saw still attached, for easy transport to the job site. Search my posts for pictures of the saw and stand.
Miller Bobcat 225NT
Miller DialArc HF & DIY Cooler
2 Miller Digital Elite and 3 Fixed Shade Helmets
2 O/A torch sets
DeWalt 18 volt 1/2" Driver/Drill
DeWalt 18 volt 6 1/2" Metal Saw
DeWalt Porta Band & SWAG Offroad V3 Table
Milwaukee 8" Dry Cut Saw
Milwaukee 14" Dry Cut Chop Saw / Delta Stand
Milwaukee 9" Grinder
2 Milwaukee 4 1/2" Grinders
Milwaukee Hole Hawg 1/2" Drill
Wallace 5 Ton Gantry
Too many hand tools
I have two Dewalts cold cut, one set at 90* and the other at 45*.
They are made of stamped steel and the fence is not perfectly straight. I heard they fixed that, don't know for sure.
The clamping system is poor, and when the iron comes loose it takes lots of teeth off the blade. About 100 each. They can be repaired, new carbide tips welded on and resharped.
Look long and hard at the other brands first.
On the bright side the Dewalt can cut 4" sch 40 PVC really nice and fast too.
Millermatic 252 w/30A
Big Blue Air Pak
Ellis 3000 Band Saw
Trailblazer 302 Air Pak w/ Wireless Remote
Dynasty 200 DX
XMT 350 MPa w/S-74 MPa Plus
Spectrum 625 X-TREME
Lincoln SA-200 Blue Tint Red Face '63
2-Lincoln SA-200 Red Face '68
SA-200 Black Face '59
SA-200 Green Lite '84
SA-200 Green Lite '80
SA-200 Red Face '69
SA-200 Red Face '66
SA-200 Green Lite '81
'70 Black Face Round Barrel
I've got the Evolution Raptor dry cut saw and I love it! The fence stays fairly square to the blade, and the clamp is not too bad for a saw in this price range. If you are really a stickler for quality of build and accuracy, then you will have to step up to a true liquid cooled cold saw. They cost about as much as a used Toyota. If you decide to go with an abrasive saw, I've used both the Dewalt and Milwaukee and they both performed well for saws in that class.
So you think the Milwaukee is better than the Milwaukee? I was thinking about getting the Milwaukee but I guess I won't now. I will get the Milwaukee
Miller 252 Mig
Miller Cricket XL
Millermatic 150 Mig
Miller Syncrowave 200 Tig
Jet Lathe and Mill
Jet 7x12 horz/vert band saw
DeWalt Multi Cutter metal saw
Century 50 Amp Plasma Cutter
20 ton electric/hydraulic vertical press
60" X 60" router/plasma table
OP, who's a new poster, comes on the board and asks for recommendations on brands of "chop saws". To me, that would indicate that he probably has a saw in mind in the $100-$200 range, since that's where most "chop saws" fall.
Several posters point out the difference in cut quality between the abrasive cut saws and the newer "dry cut" saws. Although a little of a reach from the OP's original question, I can easily see the comparison.
Then, along comes ol BC Iron works, who just last week blasted Miller for not providing him enough with enough bandwidth to "post his photos". His recommendation is that the OP go out and buy a $1,500+ bandsaw. Then posts photos bragging about "his saw". Then, on top of that, posts a second time showing "cuts" from his saw. BIG FREAKING DEAL. Nowhere do I remember the OP asking for recommendations for chop saw vs bandsaw.
Just seems unfortunate to me that Mr BC didn't avail himself of the opportunity to GTFO when shown the door in his previous posting. Bite the hand that feeds you, but come back for more right away.
Oh well. Just my .02.
Syncrowave 250 DX Tigrunner
Dynasty 200 DX
Miller XMT 304 w/714D Feeder & Optima Control
Miller MM 251 w/Q300 & 30A SG
Dialarc 250 AC/DC
Hypertherm PM 600 & 1250
Wilton 7"x12" bandsaw
PC Dry Cut Saw, Dewalt Chop Saw
Milwaukee 8" Metal Cut Saw, Milwaukee Portaband.
Thermco and Smith (2) Gas Mixers
More grinders than hands