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Old 10-30-2007, 10:38 AM   #1 (permalink)
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milwaukee metal cutting circular saw

http://www.amazon.com/Milwaukee-6370.../dp/B0000WUQI4

Anybody got any long term reports on these? I found a few threads but not much in the search.

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Old 10-30-2007, 11:31 AM   #2 (permalink)
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had mine about a year now. cant say iam an everyday fabricator but it does get used and cuts aluminum sheet metal up to 5/16in steel plate on a normal occassion. not problems with the saw yet. i thought it was definitely worth the money but i also got it as a xmas present.

hope this helps in your decision.

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Old 10-30-2007, 12:09 PM   #3 (permalink)
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We had one (not a Milwaukee) at the shop I worked at in Junior college. Pretty much just used it for quick cutoffs out in cold storage so we wouldn't have to carry a full length piece of steel in.

Worked great, just remember to empty the shavings compartment routinely. If I remember correctly the blades aren't the cheapest things though.........
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Old 11-01-2007, 09:29 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Dunno what to tell you.... I assume you found my thread on these from awhile back. Just used mine last nite to rip some mule panel for a deck railing project, but I don't use it very often so I can't really speak to durability. I really just got it for speciality apps like expanded steel, mule/horse panel, or grating.

It seems best suited for sheet goods IMO. I still use the plasma for plate. If you're wanting to cut more dimensional stuff I'd probably get a band saw or the obvious chop/dry cut saw.
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Old 11-01-2007, 10:40 AM   #5 (permalink)
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I used one a while back to cut some aluminun plate 6" thick.
Had to cut from both sides. Kinda slow going and very noisy but it worked.
Also used it to cut 3" and 4" channel iron. Worked great.
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We just bought one of these for work so I'm interested to hear feedback as well.
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Anymore input on this saw. I'm thinking about getting one to cut the floor and side panels for my build. It looks like a good option.

I tried a circular saw with a cut off wheel and it sucked big time. It made a mess and then the blade exploded.
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We have a similar one where I moonlight and it is really good!
We have ripped up 1/2" plate with it. Use a guide to keep straight, and be patient. I wear safety glasses AND a face shield, also do ear plugs AND muffs.
Good tool to have in the arsenal !!
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I've run the $80 Harbor freight one through 16g for running boards/fenders on an open trailer. It was like cutting wood, except the hot chips flying everywhere.
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I bought the HF one first, and it worked well cutting. Just the switch was a giant POS. I bought the Milwaukee after deciding it was cool, and think it is great. I always had trouble with LONG straight cuts before the saw. Built a motorcycle trailer and used it to cross cut 4x8 sheets of 14 ga diamond plate. Used it to cut 6x6 and 6x12 pieces of 3/8 plate. Then used it to cut up 3/16 plate for the firebox on my smoker. I probably have 60 linear feet or so I have cut and am very happy. I did buy the optional blade for thinner metals and swap between the two depending on what I am cutting.
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Cool, looks like I might be getting one.

How long are the blades lasting. They do seem steep in price, but if they last a long time I guess it isn't to bad.
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ive got the jancy version. its good. makes some nice clean straight cuts, but it has its drawbacks, one being the blade life sucks ($50 a pop). second, that fawker is goddamn loud!. and third, better wear goggles that mothfuckle throws some chips!
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Old 05-19-2010, 08:35 AM   #13 (permalink)
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Cool, looks like I might be getting one.

How long are the blades lasting. They do seem steep in price, but if they last a long time I guess it isn't to bad.
Just like anything else carbide tipped: let it jump or kick and one tooth goes to hell. From there it's a slippery slope to complete blade death.

It's an excellent tool to have in your arsenal as stated, but I only use it when nothing else will work.

At my previous job we did a bunch of catwalks, etc for BP w the galvanized floor grating. They had always struggled w cutting the stuff. I told them of this saw and they ordered one immediately; paid for itself in no time.

We learned to be very aware of how far we were cutting from a "cross support" (round stock that ties the flat bar together). Too far out and the flat bar was more likely to bend as you pushed thru it, chipping a tooth. The more rigid the work, the longer the blades would last - basic machining fundamentals.
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I've had quite a few come in for repair from a local fab shop. They usually have both the field coils and armatures burnt up, at that point they cost more to repair then replace. For what its worth they usually have crap blades in them when they come in.

Don't be a tight ass and keep a good blade in it and you should be fine.
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