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Old 05-08-2018, 09:10 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Has anyone done a comparison between the Evolution rage 2 vs the Evolution EVOSAW380? They are both 15 amp, both have 1 inch arbors, seem very similar in construction. But the rage is 1/2 the cost.
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The EVO has a little bit bigger capacity and the table/clamping system looks nicer. Motor is the same size though.
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Neither of those are cold saws.
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Neither of those are cold saws.
You are right I should have said dry cut saw.
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got an evosaw with the cast base, it's all rather flimsy thin cast

go with the rage saw and weld more steel to it
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The EVO has a little bit bigger capacity and the table/clamping system looks nicer. Motor is the same size though.
What do you mean by "the EVO"? They are both made by Evolution.
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What do you mean by "the EVO"? They are both made by Evolution.
The model name of the one not called Rage 2 is EVOSAW380, hence EVO.




Might be similar power, but the EVO has a cast iron base, and that would win me alone. It looks eerily similar to a ton of other offerings on the market. I'm betting there's one company that makes the majority of the cast iron bases on these things and the differences are all up top. Even there, the shields look identical to several other models.
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I can't help you with your comparison, but will say that I have the 14" Evolution Rage 2 and it is quite enjoyable to use compared to the shitty Horror Fright chop saws I dealt with for years .

Nice clean cuts, absolutely hogs thru steel, but there are some sparks even tho I read that there are not, it kind of grinds thru the metal leaving chunks of metal to clean up vs. metal dust everywhere, wish I'd had one long ago .
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The model name of the one not called Rage 2 is EVOSAW380, hence EVO.




Might be similar power, but the EVO has a cast iron base, and that would win me alone. It looks eerily similar to a ton of other offerings on the market. I'm betting there's one company that makes the majority of the cast iron bases on these things and the differences are all up top. Even there, the shields look identical to several other models.
Got it thanks.
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I can't help you with your comparison, but will say that I have the 14" Evolution Rage 2 and it is quite enjoyable to use compared to the shitty Horror Fright chop saws I dealt with for years .

Nice clean cuts, absolutely hogs thru steel, but there are some sparks even tho I read that there are not, it kind of grinds thru the metal leaving chunks of metal to clean up vs. metal dust everywhere, wish I'd had one long ago .
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I've got a rage3 and love the shit out of it.
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I was at Airgas yesterday and they had the evossaw on display. Deffinitely much nicer base/vise than my Rage.
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whats the word on these saws
i want to pick one up for black friday
looking at the EVOSAW380

any good deal coming up?
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does theirs 14" saw looking like the EVO saw ?
hard to see and they have no info on it

at 270$ its 100$ cheaper than evo
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Lots of people don't like chuuckee... his review is fair..... but I think a Rage2 would be fine in the home shop.

I have one of their circular saws and have put it through hell and still like it.
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Old 11-19-2018, 12:31 PM   #16 (permalink)
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I have the 380 and it is great. Much better than abrasive saws. The chip collector is nice and catches most of the chips. Iíve cut round tube, square tube, rectangular tube, angle, c channel, and round bar with it. Cuts through all of it with ease and leaves a nice, smooth, straight finish on everything and makes much less heat on the parts. Definitely a good investment.
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Anyone used these to cut hardened stock, like splined transfer case outputs? Or is that just asking for issues with the carbide teeth and chatter?
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Anyone used these to cut hardened stock, like splined transfer case outputs? Or is that just asking for issues with the carbide teeth and chatter?
my dad ruins blades on his quicker than I can buy them after the "well you're the only other one out there" guilt trip. He's real good at finding just the wrong thing to cut in it.

So I can confirm, no hard steel, no work hardening steel, no thin sheetmetal, no tiny scraps that pop out of the vise

I do not touch the thing any more lest I'm seen within 10 feet of it.
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No harder steel for sure. I have a stick of 1.5x0.120 chromolly that I have killed 2 blades on. Takes the carbide right off. Once a few carbides are gone, the rest follow quickly.
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that's what I figured. Thanks.
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Lots of people don't like chuuckee... his review is fair..... but I think a Rage2 would be fine in the home shop.

I have one of their circular saws and have put it through hell and still like it.
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ill go with the cheaper version
i dont need it that often to spend double $$
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Old 11-20-2018, 10:12 PM   #22 (permalink)
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I got the evo last year. Depends on what I'm doing, but when I use it, I use the shit out of it. Then it sits for a while. Love it though.
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I don't cut that much steel, but cut tons of aluminum. I use normal carpenter saws but also plug them into a VariAC, so I can slow them down if needed. I would do that for steel....for sure.

My favorite is running them on my Shopsmith where I can slow the blade and get torque, no hot chips, and use normal carpenter fences, and etc.

I am right handed and prefer the blade to be on the right side also. That keeps the hot chips away from the body, and I can still see the blade for guiding.

I would suggest the strongest platform available. I have to usually push hard, and down. I bent a Milwaukee platform in no time. Now I am using a Titanium Skill Saw which is tough but the blade is on the left and throws chips.

For big stuff, it is the Makita Beam saw. Awesome!!!
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No harder steel for sure. I have a stick of 1.5x0.120 chromolly that I have killed 2 blades on. Takes the carbide right off. Once a few carbides are gone, the rest follow quickly.
I cut a bunch of 4130 and Docol no problem, matching tooth count and feed rate/pressure is key with these saws.
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