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Nice Solid Saw,
Nice heavy CAST base! Makes the saw very stable.
Niether Hitachi nor Dewalt have a cast base.
Solid contruction, not flimsy, not much plasic besides
the handle. Pivot seems very solid but smooth.
Nice long miter fence for the clamp.
It's like a monster dremel cutoff wheel.
Tends to melt its way through aluminum and leaves flashing on the exit side but it is easy to clean up with a file.
D-handle is nice.
Glad I finally have one. I hate working with a hacksaw when I don't have to.
No soft startup so head jumps up a bit when you squeeze the handle (no saftey gimick) but jumping up is much better than down.
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Initial post: Dec 23, 2008 9:38:42 AM PST
Mark T. Shipley says:
Abrasive saws and non-ferrous materials (aluminum, brass, etc.) are typically not a happy combination. This is the case with most grinding equipment and these materials. If the blade is loaded with aluminum after cutting, find another method. In extreme instances, a "loaded" wheel can fail catastrophically. I can see using an abrasive saw on aluminum tubing with a thin wall, but I would be seriously reluctant to cut any non-ferrous bar stock with an abrasive blade. After thirty years of working with metal I still have two eyes and ten fingers, so this is just my two cents based on experience. Be safe.
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