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    Default setting 45 degrees on metal chop saws?

    Hey this might be a stupid question, but does anyone know why there are always two bolts on the thing that sets angles on metal chop saws and the proper way to set them? Do you guys just loosen one and keep the other still, or do you loosen both and set it at for example 45 degrees and hope its the right angle?

    For example, i had to set my angles at 22 1/2 degrees for some welding and i had to cut a piece on my regular wood chop saw and use that as a guide everything and it gets annoying, there has to be some secret to use of the two bolts? Thanks in advance..

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    Nope it's just a simple clamp. Chop saws are not built for accurate cuts. Cut pieces that you know are square are good to use for setting up the clamp.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tnjind View Post
    Nope it's just a simple clamp. Chop saws are not built for accurate cuts. Cut pieces that you know are square are good to use for setting up the clamp.
    Yep what he said, or you could use a speed square to check angle.

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    Is there any reason why I cannot use my high$$ DeWalt saw that cuts all those fancy angles when I do wood working...convert it to a chop saw by just adding a cut-off blade??
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    Quote Originally Posted by SavageSunJeep View Post
    Is there any reason why I cannot use my high$$ DeWalt saw that cuts all those fancy angles when I do wood working...convert it to a chop saw by just adding a cut-off blade??
    Most Abrasive blades are not designed to run at the speed a Wood Mitre saw turns.

    There is one company that is selling blades that they say will work.

    I'll have to find the link.


    But I wouldn't want to screw with my mid$$ Compound Mitre saw- It only gets fed wood


    http://www.bulletindustries.com/catalog/
    Last edited by Broccoli1; 01-29-2008 at 11:16 AM. Reason: Link Added

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    Quote Originally Posted by Broccoli1 View Post
    Most Abrasive blades are not designed to run at the speed a Wood Mitre saw turns.

    There is one company that is selling blades that they say will work.

    I'll have to find the link.


    But I wouldn't want to screw with my mid$$ Compound Mitre saw- It only gets fed wood


    http://www.bulletindustries.com/catalog/
    OK, then why don't they have a Chop saw that is like a compound mitre saw to cut angles etc et
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    Quote Originally Posted by droptopgt View Post
    Hey this might be a stupid question, but does anyone know why there are always two bolts on the thing that sets angles on metal chop saws and the proper way to set them? Do you guys just loosen one and keep the other still, or do you loosen both and set it at for example 45 degrees and hope its the right angle?

    For example, i had to set my angles at 22 1/2 degrees for some welding and i had to cut a piece on my regular wood chop saw and use that as a guide everything and it gets annoying, there has to be some secret to use of the two bolts? Thanks in advance..
    Here's a Chop Saw Plans I bought off of Ebay and found out after the fact that they are on the net for free. Here's some pictures of The one I built. It piviots the Whole base so you don't have to turn the whole piece of steel. Look at the saw I have its a cold chop saw blade doesn't give when I've cut angels.
    If I'm cutting a lot of the same angle I use the Dayton Horizantal Band Saw.
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