Review Chicago Electric Heavy Duty Cut-off Saw

Discussion in 'Welding' started by rbstern, Jun 8, 2020.

  1. rbstern

    rbstern Administrator Staff Member

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    Aug 24, 2017
    In a word: Awful.

    Bought this saw a few weeks ago; realized when I got home it doesn't come with an abrasive wheel. Went to Home Depot and picked up a 14" Diablo wheel. Assembled the saw and got to cutting (2" square tubing, 10ga).

    The saw's performance was really poor. The disk wobbed because either the bearings were poorly aligned, or the arbor was unbalanced or not straight. Made getting accurate cuts very difficult. The clamping mechanism is not rigid enough, so it's hard to align for accuracy, particularly for angled cuts. And the motor started to weaken after only a half dozen cuts.

    I'm not a big fan of the Chicago Electric brand. I've had better luck with the Drill Master branded stuff, even though it's considered a lower tier.

    Returned the cut-off saw and ended up buying the HF horizontal band saw instead (which seems to be fantastic, btw).
    Last edited: Jun 8, 2020

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