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Old March 15th, 2006, 10:04 PM   #1
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Default Harbor Freight Chop Saw.

I thought I would try out a harbor freight chop saw that was on sale for $79.00.
I couldn't touch a milwaukee or a dewalt for under $149.00.

I bought this for our work guys, and all it is used for is cutting up solid unistrut on a daily basis.

First impression was JUNK.. Until I realized the only junky part about it was the crappy blade they include with it.

I purchased some good high quality blades, and it has probably made over 500 cuts, and hasn't missed a beat.

Actually impressed by it.
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Old March 15th, 2006, 10:05 PM   #2
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yeah i have the same one and it has worked great so far
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Old March 15th, 2006, 11:42 PM   #3
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I almost bought one of those when HF had a sidewalk sale last week. I shoulda done it but I suppose I should get the welder first.
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Old March 16th, 2006, 07:00 AM   #4
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I have one of these too....sounds like I need a different blade........and a larger breaker for the garage
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Old March 16th, 2006, 07:07 AM   #5
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I like mine haven't had any problems with it. I even have there hydralic tube bender. That works OK should of bought a really nice one, but works for now.
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Old March 16th, 2006, 03:09 PM   #6
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We got one too didnt have any problems with the stock blade until my dad decided to try andf make a super high speed plunge and the blade came apart.. luckily no one was hurt... but there's still a peice of blade stuck in the garage wall
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The HF brand blades seem to glaze up for me if I try to cut anything heavy, like some 1"x3" flat stock.

I need to try some other blades to see if its better.


Or, does anyone have a good method for deglazing them? No, pouring red wine on it and scraping with a wooden spoon doesn't work...
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Old May 16th, 2006, 03:45 PM   #8
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I just picked up new Milwaukee for $140

I have always liked the DeWalt blades that run about $5 each. They last awhile and cut clean for the life of the blade and have no tendency to clog or glaze.
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still workin cc?
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Mine has worked fine for months, and I use it pretty hard. Only problems I've had are the harbor freight brand blades glazing, and I had the ground prong break off the cord, but I think thats more of an issue with my extension cord..


All in all, not bad, but I'll move to a band saw when I find one I like.... an a plasma cutter, which I hope to order this week.
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i have a dewalt and i swear by dewalt...but from what i am hearing, i might have to go pick up a HF...how big is the HF?
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Mine has worked fine for months, and I use it pretty hard. Only problems I've had are the harbor freight brand blades glazing, and I had the ground prong break off the cord, but I think thats more of an issue with my extension cord..


All in all, not bad, but I'll move to a band saw when I find one I like.... an a plasma cutter, which I hope to order this week.

Can I come over?
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Old June 23rd, 2006, 12:17 PM   #13
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mine worked great until the button fell out and its permantley on.
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