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Old November 12th, 2008, 07:04 PM   #1
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I am looking to buy a miter saw and was wondering if I could buy a saw like this (for wood) and just put a metal blade in it and cut tubing and stuff for fabbing up Jeep parts? Or visa versa, can I put a wood blade in a metal saw for wood? Bottom line is I don't want to buy both.

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Old November 13th, 2008, 03:58 AM   #2
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I would be concerned with metal shavings getting into the motor of the wood saw...

I did try this with my metal chop saw once (put a wood blade in)...it cut, but it didnt cut so well...I dont remember exactly why, but I remember thinking I shouldnt do that again...that was a few years ago...
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I have one made for wood with a metal cutting blade. It works great, though it melted some of the plastic on the dust collecting system.

I don't use it all that often, but have been using it off and on for metal for over a year without any trouble, and if you need to cut wood, just switch out the blade.
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I personally wouldn't do it. A nice wood cutting miter saw is all about precision. It'd get wasted by metal cutting. Its very rough, burning slag everywhere, I think the motor/bearings would get trashed. The aluminum fence would get boogered up, which would then mess up any nice pieces of wood you put in there.

Plus chop saws are 14" blades. Motor speeds aren't really the same between them either.

Buy a $60 chop saw from harbor freight. I wouldn't risk my $700 hitachi.
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agree'd. also note that you will have to use an arbor adapter most likely.
i use a metal saw every day, and i think it would destroy a wood saw if used very often.
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