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    I know this has has been discussed before and I did a search but can't find what I want. I'm thinking of either getting a metal circular saw or a metal blade for one of my wood saws. Anyone used a metal blade on the wood saw? If so, how did it work, what brand etc? Again, I'm talking about 71/4 circular saws. The only way I have to cut a sheet of steel effectively is a plasma cutter. I have saws for everything else.............thanks for any info

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  • #2
    The saw blades I have seen are for the "slower" turning "cold" cut saws. I've demo'd the Evolution saw and it cut right through a pice of 3/8" plate very smooth. Havent tried any other brands. But I wonder on thin stuff if a blade could stand the RPM of a reg circular saw. Would be nice to know if anybody has tried a brand. I use a regular 7-1/4" carbide saw blade on aluminum, but dont think it would live on steel. Just my 2 cents worth, I too am interesested to see if anybody has any info.

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    • #3
      I have a Milwaukee Metal cutting circular saw. I love it. I have cut thin sheet metal all the way up to 1/2" plate, as well as schedule 80 pipe. This pipe is a but of a pain but it does a great cut. The blades are expensive but last quite a while so long as you don't force the saw. For aluminum I just use a skill saw with a carbide blade.
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      • #4
        slow it down

        after burning up my first high dollar metal cutting blade on my 12" compound mitre saw, i bought a router control from harbor freight for something ridiculous like $12. it must be a scr b/c it slows the saw speed very nicely and without much loss of power.

        it beats the crap out of a $$ cold saw

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        • #5
          Originally posted by monte55 View Post
          I know this has has been discussed before and I did a search but can't find what I want. I'm thinking of either getting a metal circular saw or a metal blade for one of my wood saws. Anyone used a metal blade on the wood saw? If so, how did it work, what brand etc? Again, I'm talking about 71/4 circular saws. The only way I have to cut a sheet of steel effectively is a plasma cutter. I have saws for everything else.............thanks for any info

          Nick
          Monte

          I've used the metal cutting blades (7-1/4) that you can pick up at a hardware store in my circular saw about 5 years ago putting up a pole barn. It was metal siding and roofing I was cutting, did a fabulous job, they go through the metal like soft butter so be careful. Just get the regular abrasive blade. They wear about the same on a circular saw as they would in a chop saw. I would not recommend it for anything heavier than sheet metal though.
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          • #6
            I have used the Morse metal devil on my reg 7 1/4" saw....didn't last very long....but this one http://www.bulletindustries.com/cata...roducts_id/487 has done very well.......
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            • #7
              Originally posted by KBar View Post
              Monte

              I've used the metal cutting blades (7-1/4) that you can pick up at a hardware store in my circular saw about 5 years ago putting up a pole barn. It was metal siding and roofing I was cutting, did a fabulous job, they go through the metal like soft butter so be careful. Just get the regular abrasive blade. They wear about the same on a circular saw as they would in a chop saw. I would not recommend it for anything heavier than sheet metal though.

              I think he's looking blades with "teeth". You can buy the abrasive ones everywhere. I also built a couple pole buidlings and found a metal cut off wheel on a 4 1/2" grinder works great. just make a line with a sharpe and cut away. Lasts a long time too. easier to handle than a circular saw and wont scratch up the paint. Just my 2 cents
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              • #8
                Originally posted by 84ZMike View Post
                I have used the Morse metal devil on my reg 7 1/4" saw....didn't last very long....but this one http://www.bulletindustries.com/cata...roducts_id/487 has done very well.......
                Mike

                I may try one. i think that is what Monte is looking for, not sure
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                • #9
                  try this for cutting metal

                  you want to cut metal this best might work with the proper abrashive wheel


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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by HMW View Post
                    I think he's looking blades with "teeth". You can buy the abrasive ones everywhere. I also built a couple pole buidlings and found a metal cut off wheel on a 4 1/2" grinder works great. just make a line with a sharpe and cut away. Lasts a long time too. easier to handle than a circular saw and wont scratch up the paint. Just my 2 cents
                    Thats ok with a small grinder but in the small tool section, I use mostly air tools and it was too far to drag an air hose, besides, an air hose gets dangerous when you cut it.

                    As far as metal blades with teeth, personally I would go with a metal cutting saw rather than a wood saw if you are going to use it on a regular basis. They make them for wood and they make them for metal for a reason.
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                    • #11
                      10" Table saw for metal.

                      I cut metal all of the time on my 10" Delta Contractor's Table saw. I use blades from my 14" chopsaw that have worn doiwn to about ten". I use some of mine and also a supply that I get from a friend who has a machine shop. My table saw has a 1 hp Dayton motor with a belt drive at 3,450 rpm.

                      It will cut most any thickness of metal up to 1/2". I use it mostly for long cuts in 1/8" sheet. Of course, you need a face mask, gloves and long-sleeve shirt to be safe.

                      I blow the saw off now and then to keep it clean. It willl still cut wood nicely whenever I want.
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                      • #12
                        Man I have got to tell ya, that just scares me.
                        I use the heck out of my table saw, for wood. Sometimes thin aluminum.
                        I am as "resouceful" as can be but , that I have not even considered.
                        Just sounds too uncontrollable. But what the heck I may try that someday.
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                        • #13
                          Syncroman,

                          What you're advocating is truly UNSAFE. You may not have had any problems up to this point, but believe me, it is an accident waiting to happen. It's not a matter of whether an accident will happen, it's a matter of when. I don't know if you've ever seen an abrasive blade "blow up" when put into a bind. I can assure you it's not pretty. I already carry enough shrapnel from booby traps in SE Asia. I don't need any more from my table saw.

                          I, like you, use a table saw quite frequently (Powermatic 2000, 3HP), but I would never even consider trying to cut 1/8" steel on it.

                          I even get upset when I see posters bragging about using a wood chop saw with an abrasive blade to cut steel. That's not as bad as a table saw but it's still using a tool for a purpose it was never intended. A wood chop saw just does not have the proper clamping ability to properly secure the material.

                          I do use a sliding miter saw for cutting aluminum but I also use a carbide blade to accomplish the task and I take pains to clamp my material to the saw. Also I do use my Delta band saw for cutting aluminum, especially tube.

                          For cutting steel, you're better served with something like Milwaukee's metal cutting saw (8" Carbide blade). A less expensive alternative is a cheap skil saw (like $50-60 at Lowes/HD) and a 7 1/4" Bullet carbide blade. Will do a satisfactory job but throws a lot of steel slivers (recommend full face shield). Either of these alternatives is a lot safer than a table saw.

                          Hope this maybe keeps someone from getting badly hurt.
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                          • #14
                            Just for viewing pleasure: (about 3 min. long)

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                            • #15
                              sound almost to good to be true i think it may work but i dont know how well

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