A power miter saw, also known as chop saw is an essential tool for almost any type of carpentry work. It is a power tool which is typically used to cut hard materials, such as metals. But when do you need a chop saw for cutting metals? Steel is hard. You could use a hacksaw, an angle grinder, or even a torch to cut it, but an abrasive chop saw is a better choice because it uses an abrasive disc instead of a saw blade. It has no teeth to get stuck and can plow through rebar, cast iron, steel pipe, or chunky angle stock.
Features of the Chop Saw
A chop saw is a functional way to cut something. If you are cutting stock that will be welded or you want an end that doesn’t need machining, you want an ideal cut—smooth ends without any scorching and clean edges. No secondary finishing such as grinding or polishing is required. There is no heat build up and the material is cool to the touch and can be handled straight away.
When cutting steels, chop saws leave an instantly workable finish, producing no heat, no burr and virtually no sparks, unlike alternative methods. Chop saws offer a safer, cleaner way to cut metals. It cuts through metals smoothly and efficiently. It moves through metal faster than any other traditional methods like abrasive wheels.
Chop Saws and Heat
A chop saw will not cause melting when cutting through metals. Cool cutting means that painted surfaces will not melt at the cut, leaving paint right to the edge. This is especially helpful when cutting prefabricated building materials such as metal roofing and ferrous siding.
When looking for heavy-duty and extremely portable saw in cutting metals, chop saw is a good choice. It features an easily adjustable depth of cuts, plus a clear visibility panel to aid accurate cutting. Chop saw combined with an abrasive disc (blade) quickly cuts metals. It easily cuts aluminum, mild steel and stainless steels as if these were woods.
The combination of a steel cutting chop saw and steel cutting blade, is the ultimate tool in steel cutting technology.