Harbor Freight Cut Off Saw - Home Brew Forums

Register Now!
Home Brew Forums > Home Brewing Beer > DIY Projects > Harbor Freight Cut Off Saw

Reply
 
Thread Tools
Old 07-02-2011, 03:58 PM   #1
RDWHAHB
Recipes 
 
Oct 2009
Denver
Posts: 836
Liked 14 Times on 12 Posts



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.

Thanks, Jeff

 
Reply With Quote
Old 07-02-2011, 04:03 PM   #2
Face Eater
I brew beer....
HBT_LIFETIMESUPPORTER.png
 
Face Eater's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Mar 2011
Chicago, Illinois
Posts: 834
Liked 51 Times on 36 Posts


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.

 
Reply With Quote
Old 07-02-2011, 04:09 PM   #3
JRems
Recipes 
 
Nov 2010
Mahopac, NY
Posts: 2,221
Liked 61 Times on 52 Posts


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.

 
Reply With Quote
Old 07-02-2011, 04:14 PM   #4
RDWHAHB
Recipes 
 
Oct 2009
Denver
Posts: 836
Liked 14 Times on 12 Posts


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.
Jeff

 
Reply With Quote
Old 07-02-2011, 04:44 PM   #5
JohnTheBrewist
 
JohnTheBrewist's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Nov 2010
SoCal
Posts: 617
Liked 8 Times on 7 Posts


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.
__________________
Somewhere between
your liver and spleen
its always clear
for one more beer!

 
Reply With Quote
Old 07-02-2011, 05:58 PM   #6
Jota21
 
Jota21's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Dec 2010
Pittsburgh, PA
Posts: 317
Liked 15 Times on 11 Posts


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.

 
Reply With Quote
Old 07-02-2011, 06:34 PM   #7
Face Eater
I brew beer....
HBT_LIFETIMESUPPORTER.png
 
Face Eater's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Mar 2011
Chicago, Illinois
Posts: 834
Liked 51 Times on 36 Posts


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.

 
Reply With Quote
Old 07-02-2011, 06:37 PM   #8
ndsgr
Registered User
Recipes 
 
Jun 2009
Posts: 404
Liked 11 Times on 9 Posts


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

 
Reply With Quote
Old 07-02-2011, 11:09 PM   #9
TonyR
HBT_LIFETIMESUPPORTER.png
Recipes 
 
Jul 2010
Cleveland, Ohio
Posts: 221
Liked 4 Times on 4 Posts


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.

 
Reply With Quote
Old 07-03-2011, 12:48 AM   #10
Dwain
 
Dwain's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Feb 2009
Hill Country, TX
Posts: 1,135
Liked 5 Times on 5 Posts


Quote:
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

 
Reply With Quote
Reply
Thread Tools


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Harbor Freight Aerator? kmcrofton DIY Projects 3 03-12-2011 08:13 PM
DIY Brewshed from Harbor Freight!?! Gremlyn Brew Stands 10 04-17-2010 12:58 PM
20% off Harbor Freight 10/2 - 10/4 robegero DIY Projects 10 10-03-2009 05:03 AM
Harbor Freight Coupon Website HomebrewJeff DIY Projects 3 06-28-2009 03:43 PM
Harbor Freight Welder HomebrewJeff DIY Projects 13 06-22-2009 07:43 AM


Forum Jump