Apr 13, 2008
a Very Helpful Review
by the Epinions community
Pros:Affordable, time efficent for thin metal
Cons:Not great for thick metal, and has sparks
The Bottom Line: If you just need to cut some steel such as pipe this is the saw. It works i think best with pipe and angle iron.
I bought my saw the Makita 14" Portable Cut - Off Saw 2414NB two years ago when building some corrals. It has been used to its limits. I have cut so much metal it should need to take a break. These are very nice saws but there are some good and bad things about it. When I was trying to cut a bigger piece of metal it was too long to fit in it. Also I had problems when the metal was thick and only 1/2 thick. I mean that is thick metal but it took forever for it to cut through it. I was very disappointed in its performance for those two things.
Recommend this product?
Now when I put a piece of pipe in it nothing could compete. I flew through the pipe cuts like I was cutting butter with a hot knife. It works so well. Also angle iron worked well. It was weird to me because if you put it in a one way it would but different. I found by putting it like a tent really worked well.
Here are reasons why I am pleased with my purchase
1) Good user friendly design
It is designed to work for you. It makes it so you can really get a feel for the machine. It has a simple chain to hold it down during transport. It also has a small vice on it to hold what you are cutting. This is important so you dont get your hand near the blade or in the blade while cutting.
2) Cuts thin metal quick
This design is meant for thin metal. It can fly through it like a hot butter knife going through butter. It will not lag the motor down or burn out a motor. You also will not have to let it cool down in-between cuts even though I would suggest it after a couple because it is a lot of work for the saw.
3) Cheap replacement blades
You are not going to be investing a lot of money into things such as blades. They are a couple of bucks. Each blade can make a ton of cuts. You wont have to worry about it for quite a while.
What I dont like
Now a days they have spark free chop saws for metal. It is surprising to me that you can cut metal with out a spark. They also have heat reducing ones. Still I think for the money you cant go wrong. You could buy three of these for the price of one really good one. That doesnt seem worth it to me on the projects I use it on. I only use it on average a couple of hours a week unless I am in a huge project.
The sparks just limit where you can cut I know for me that unless special circumstance I do all of mine outside so that I dont burn down my shop.
Wrap it up
If I were going to make the purchase again I would for sure take a good and long look at this one. It really allows you to become personal the saw. You will fall in love it if you are not looking for something to cut over ½ inch steel all day. Dont get me wrong it will work for that steel it just wont be the fastest cut ever. They are very affordable for any environment of cutting, or a cheap jobsite saw that you wont be out much if it happens to get stolen or broken.
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