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Dry Cut Chop Saw, Abrasive Chop Saw, Or Metal Cutting Band Saw? Which One Is Really The Best For Your Shop?


Dry Cut Chop Saw, Abrasive Chop Saw, Or Metal Cutting Band Saw? Which One Is Really The Best For Your Shop?

I’ve been drooling over dry cut chop saws for the past couple of years and REALLY want to get one. But at least half the time that I mention wanting one, someone tells me why an abrasive chop saw is better or why a band saw will forever change my life. And here I thought the dry cut was the greatest thing since sliced bread. Apparently not to everyone. So when the Fabrication Series posted up a video looking at the merits and downsides of each, I thought this was something worth sharing with all you BANGshifters. For me it is not only about cutting metal, and doing it efficiently, but also doing it without making such a mess as to keep you from using the tool except when absolutely necessary.

The latter is just one reason why a dry chop saw caught my eye. With that said, I do own a small band saw that will do most of what I need one for, and when I need something larger to cut something out with, my trusty 4.5″ angle grinder with a 1/16 cutting disc will pretty much cut through anything. But what if you only had enough money to buy one? Well then you want to make sure you are getting the right one don’t you?

We do, that’s for sure. So check out the video and see which one you think is right for you.


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3 thoughts on “Dry Cut Chop Saw, Abrasive Chop Saw, Or Metal Cutting Band Saw? Which One Is Really The Best For Your Shop?

  1. KCR

    I really like my big band saw.I bought it at an auction a while back for $400. What I really like about it is way less mess. And you set the work up and just walk away and let it do its job. I also use my “chop saw” .On smaller stuff that would take longer to set up in a band saw. THan it does to just wack it off in the chop saw.

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  2. phitter67

    I got my chop saw (Milwaukie) when the factory closed, so cost was free including extra discs. Speed is dependent on how hard you feed. But, when you push it accuracy goes out the window. Mine has the slot cut out from guys pushing real hard causing the blade to deflect. I usually use it in the driveway because of sparks. My bandsaw came from Harbor Freight as I couldn’t afford more. I use it far more than expected. Just set it up and walk away, no noise or sparks.

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