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Old 07-02-2011, 03:58 PM   #1
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Default Harbor Freight Cut Off Saw

What do you'all think of this saw:
http://www.harborfreight.com/2-hp-14...saw-91938.html

I usually look down my nose at harbor fright, but it would be occasional use and wouldn't be in a big hurry each cut. I think it may fit the bill.

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Old 07-02-2011, 04:03 PM   #2
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Looks decent for the price. I have never used it but I have bought things from them before and have been lucky with some. You do get what you pay for but I have had some power tools from there last me years.

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Old 07-02-2011, 04:09 PM   #3
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What do you plan on cutting? That is important to know before we can reccommend something. If it's tubing, if you want to go on the cheap just get a hand held circular saw and put a 1/16" metal cutting blade on. Or if you plan to do a lot of cutting get a hand held or bench mounted band saw. I love my band saw.

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Old 07-02-2011, 04:14 PM   #4
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Currently some angle iron (1/8" x 1 1/2"). Maybe some square tubing in the future. Possibly some conduit (light emt stuff). I don't plan on a lot of cutting.
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Old 07-02-2011, 04:44 PM   #5
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I've had that same saw for at least 10 years. The biggest drawback of those type of saws is that the big cutoff wheel flexes a bit and you don't always get a straight cut. But, I have built numerous projects with it, and it's faster than my band saw rig.

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Old 07-02-2011, 05:58 PM   #6
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my rule of thumb is to not buy tools from harbor frieght if spinning blades are involved.

screwdrivers, castors, tarps, etc. are fine, but something about their moving parts that I just can't trust.

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Old 07-02-2011, 06:34 PM   #7
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I've bought cordless drills from there and they have lasted me years. And I bought an off brand dremel tool and it was complete junk. Really a trial and error at that place and you do get what you pay for. I know that other chop saws like that will retail for 2-300 easily for a name brand. I usually buy stuff from there for tools I won't need for a long time and sometimes get lucky when they last.

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I don't buy much from them after a couple of broken hand tools (I must be really strong).

This site has been helpful though: http://hfreviews.com/reviews.php

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I've had one of those saws for a few years now. It works great, and have used it for all sorts of projects. Make sure to get a good quality wheel to go with it. There's a big difference between the cheapo harbor freight ones and a good one from a hardware store.

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I've had one of those saws for a few years now. It works great, and have used it for all sorts of projects. Make sure to get a good quality wheel to go with it. There's a big difference between the cheapo harbor freight ones and a good one from a hardware store.
I've used the bajeebus out of mine. The blades do flex a bit, but I've only used the cheapo ones. But for the price, I'll buy another one. - Dwain
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