Best Metal Cutting Saw – Top 10 (Metal Chop) Saw Reviewed 2019

the best metal cutting saw

If you’re a DIYer who loves to work with metal or a professional who has to work with differnt types of metal daily, you need a good quality metal cutting saw.

Only the best metal cutting saw can help you to get a nice and perfect finishing on the metal you’re working with.

But choosing the right saw is pretty much challenging!

Because there are different types of metal cutting saw available in the market. You need to do a little bit research to find out the suitable one from all of them.

You also need to know about the weight, power capacity, versatility and safety features of the saw.

You can check them all online through the reviews of the users of these saws.

In this buying guide, I’ve also tried to help you to select your perfect metal cutting saw by providing the basic information about it.

So let’s get in...

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DEWALT 20V MAX 5-1/2-Inch Circular Saw Kit (DCS373P2)
Evolution Power Tools RAGE4 7-1/4-Inch TCT Multipurpose Cutting Chop Saw
Best- Medium Blade
Makita LC1230 12" Metal Cutting Saw
Evolution Power Tools EVOSAW230 9-Inch Steel Cutting Circular Saw
Best- Large Size
DEWALT D28710 14-Inch Abrasive Chop Saw
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DEWALT 20V MAX 5-1/2-Inch Circular Saw Kit (DCS373P2)
Evolution Power Tools RAGE4 7-1/4-Inch TCT Multipurpose Cutting Chop Saw
Makita LC1230 12" Metal Cutting Saw
Evolution Power Tools EVOSAW230 9-Inch Steel Cutting Circular Saw
DEWALT D28710 14-Inch Abrasive Chop Saw
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DEWALT 20V MAX 5-1/2-Inch Circular Saw Kit (DCS373P2)
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DEWALT 20V MAX 5-1/2-Inch Circular Saw Kit (DCS373P2)
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Evolution Power Tools RAGE4 7-1/4-Inch TCT Multipurpose Cutting Chop Saw
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Evolution Power Tools RAGE4 7-1/4-Inch TCT Multipurpose Cutting Chop Saw
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Makita LC1230 12" Metal Cutting Saw
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Makita LC1230 12" Metal Cutting Saw
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Evolution Power Tools EVOSAW230 9-Inch Steel Cutting Circular Saw
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Evolution Power Tools EVOSAW230 9-Inch Steel Cutting Circular Saw
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Top 10 Metal Cutting Saw Reviews

Small Blade Saw​

DEWALT Cordless Metal Cutting Circular Saw Kit

Features

  • Motor: 460 MWO;
  • Rotation: 3700 rpm;
  • Blade: 5-1/2" 30T;
  • Maximum cut depth is about 1-1/16";
  • Includes: DEWALT DCS373 Metal Cutting Circular Saw, 2 PCs Premium Li-Ion Batteries (5.0Ah), 1 Fast Charger, a 5-1/2" Carbide-tipped metal cutting blade, and Kit Box

Review

This saw from DEWALT is perfect for professional use. It ensures perfect cuts on any metal for eternity. Its ease of use, unbeatable power of the motor and the long lasting batteries are enough to blow you mind away.

A clear glass cover sight line window is the unique feature of this saw. It ensures safety while you are operating this machine and assures the desired cold cut on the desired place, just as you like. It is cordless, hence is portable to carry around to different job sites.

The included pair of batteries offers endless power; you an keep on charging while using the other. So that, your machine will never run out of battery in times of need. The machine is high quality; the additional high capacity batteries and charger push the price on the higher side. For these reasons, for industrial use, it is a great deal but for light to medium use, you can check out the other metal cutting saws we have reviewed in this list.

Things We Liked

  • Portable; 
  • Sight line window ensures accuracy;
  • Coms with LED;
  • Powerful and durable. 

Things We Didn’t Like

  • Pricey.
Evolution Power Tools RAGE4 7-1/4-Inch TCT Multipurpose Cutting Chop Saw

Features

  • Motor: 1250W (120V) ;
  • Rotation: 3700 rpm;
  • Blade: 7-1/4" TCT blade;
  • Maximum cut depth is about 2" and width cut 3-3/4";
  • Includes: Evolution Power Tools Metal Cutting Circular Saw and Carbide-tipped universal blade.

Review

This saw from Evolution Power Tools is literally ‘a jack of all trades’. To reach maximum customers, they have incorporated an universal blade to this machine. From metal to lumber or wood, anything can be sliced with the attached blade. However, if you really mean super finished cuts in square metal pipes, I would recommend using a quality metal cutting blade for that purpose specially.

The other benefit of this saw is, you can create bevel cut up to 45 degree and for its sliding features, its usability expands even further. For the low price, all these features makes cutting anything more convenient compared to pricier saws. I recommend this saw for light to medium use; its advantage lies in its versatility, not in power.

Things We Liked

  • Budget friendly;
  • Sliding saw;
  • 0-45° bevel cut function;
  • Less spark;
  • Versatile blade included. 

Things We Didn’t Like

  • No LED;
  • Blade not good for cutting metal.
Circular Saw, 7-1/4 In. Blade, 3500 rpm

Features

  • Motor: 13 Amps;
  • Rotation: 3500 rpm;
  • Blade: 7-¼ " Ceramic-Metal blade;
  • Maximum cut depth is  2 ½ ”;
  • Includes: Makita metal cutting circular saw with carbide tipped blade, a socket wrench, and a switch button.

Review

If you have faith in Makita and need a big size blade, then proceed on this review. This 7 ¼ inch saw has all the advantages with an innovative blade. The included blade is a unique metal-ceramic blade that lasts longer than conventional abrasive blades or carbide tip blades.

The advertisement claims the maximum cutting depth is 2 ½ inch, but this saw cuts up to 3 ¼ inch metal easily. For a spark free and chip free workshop, Makita saws are unbeatable. Besides, this smaller size saw is portable due to its 10 pounds weight.

Some users mentioned that, the chip collector blocks the view of cutting line; despite that, everyone once used this machine, recommends this.

Things We Liked

  • Lightweight;
  • Spark free;
  • Affordable;
  • Useful chip collector. 

Things We Didn’t Like

  • Chip blocks the cutting live visibility.

Medium Blade Saws

MK Morse CSM9NXTB 9-Inch Metal Cutting Circular Saw

Features

  • Motor: 15 Amps;
  • Rotation: 2700 rpm;
  • Blade: 9";
  • Maximum cut depth is about 2" and width cut 3-3/4";
  • Includes: MK Morse Metal Cutting Circular Saw, length adjuster, laser guide, side handle, wrench, overload switch, retracting blade guard, safety goggles, metal chip collection cover, spindle lock, ear plugs, and carrying case.

Review

Saw with larger blade has greater cutting capacity compared to small radius blades. This metal cutter saw from Mk Morse is equipped with a 9 inch blade to meet the most demanding applications of your workshop. Its motor creates high torque and low rotation, just enough to cut hard metals seamlessly.

Not only that, even after a day long operation, this saw will not leave a trace of chips in your workshop. Its chip collecting chamber does all the cleaning and minimizes noise simultaneously.

The powerful motor eliminates the need to force the machine, just hold the blade in place and let it do its job. For the price, it is a high quality saw.

Things We Liked

  • Long lasting blade;
  • Cuts fast;
  • Less noisy;
  • Suitable for heavy applications. 

Things We Didn’t Like

  • No cons.
Makita LC1230 12' Metal Cutting Saw

Features

  • Motor: 15 Amps;
  • Rotation: 1300 rpm;
  • Blade: 12";
  • Maximum cut depth is  4 ½’’ 90 crosscuts, 3 ½’’ 45 bevel;
  • Includes: Makita metal cutting circular saw with carbide tipped blade, a socket wrench, and a switch button.

Review

I prefer using power tools  for daily use with additional safety feature. Even after wearing safety goggles and gloves, accidents can happen if the power tool like mechanic saw starts up unintentionally. With this saw from Makita, the risk of such accidents is thoroughly prevented with a lock-off button.

The included pro quality blade cuts metal like butter, leaving clean, cold and burr free cuts every time. The manufacturer also claimed the blade to be 50% long lasting compared to other carbide tip blades.

Durable construction and sturdy structure of Makita Saw will surely retain decades of abuse and overuse. Like any other quality products, the price of this saw leans towards the higher side. For me, it's completely reasonable considering the craftsmanship of its performance and safety feature.  

Things We Liked

  • Lock-off button for safety;
  • No burr;
  • Durable and sturdy construction;
  • Perfect for industrial metal fabrications. 

Things We Didn’t Like

  • High price.
Evolution Power Tools EVOSAW230 9-Inch Steel Cutting Circular Saw

Features

  • Motor: 15 amps;
  • Rotation: 2700 rpm;
  • Blade: 9", 48 tooth carbide tip;
  • Maximum cut depth is about 3-1/4" at 90 degree, 2-1/8" at 45 degree;
  • Includes: Evolution Power Tools Metal Cutting Circular Saw and Carbide-tipped universal blade.

Review

This manufacturer has gained popularity due to their universal blade saws. Apart from this, there is a full range of blade of this size available for different materials like hardened steel, wood, aluminum and so on. You can purchase those as well depending on your requirements.

Its adjustable depth guard is useful if you want to create slots or make a trench cut on your metal. A handy feature to prevent overcut on precious workpieces. Besides, it produces zero spark, reducing the risk of injury at your workshop.

This saw has advanced features of any pricey saw available in market.  The difference is, it is less pricey compared to those due to its less trendy brand name. The long warranty offered for this machine ensures stress free applications for years.

Things We Liked

  • Long lasting blade;
  • Adjustable cutting depth;
  • Bevel function up to 45 degree;
  • Long warranty.  

Things We Didn’t Like

  • No handle for the guard.

Large Size Blade Saws

DEWALT D28710 14-Inch Abrasive Chop Saw

Features

  • Motor: 4 hp, 15 Amps;
  • Rotation:N/A;
  • Blade: 14 " abrasive blade;
  • Maximum cutting depth is  4" x 7-⅝ ’’;
  • Includes: DEWALT metal cutting Abrasive Chop Saw with an aluminum oxide grain wheel.

Review

Some profession needs metal cutting saw with fast and convenient wheel changing functionality to save their time. This abrasive chop saw from Dewalt has that advantage with other useful features.  

This saw produces 1400 in-lb torque to cut any metal that gets in its path. Besides, like all Dewalt power tools, this one is also equipped with a overload protected motor to resist heavy industrial grade demanding application. It is also portable, not for its weight, but for its top handle and lock-down facility. Hence, carrying this machine from place to place is a breeze.

Dewalt products are known to be high quality and expensive. Surprisingly, this machine falls in the economic range on our list. The drawback is, it gets mixed reviews often; but the long warranty offered by the manufacturer makes this saw worth trying.

Things We Liked

  • Fast wheel changing;
  • Portable;
  • Economical price;
  • Overload protected motor. 

Things We Didn’t Like

  • Mixed review.
Evolution Power Tools RAGE2 Multi Purpose Cutting Chop Saw, 14-Inch

Features

  • Motor: 15 Amps;
  • Rotation: 1450 RPM;
  • Blade: 14" carbide tip blade;
  • Maximum cutting depth is ¼ ’’;
  • Includes: Evolution Power Tools  Metal Saw with carbide tip blade.

Review

People who have been using abrasive saws for long time shows their negligence over chop saws. But this saw from Evolution power tool suffices in terms of usability to replace the abrasive ones. Its TCT blade goes 20 times longer than that of abrasive saws.

Another thing about this saw is, it is a versatile saw due to its universal blade. Despite that, if you use the included saw to cut thick metals, the performance will degrade faster. After that, you may need to use separate blades for different purposes. Hence, I prefer using a blade specially for metal only.

It is a budget saw for beginners, so that they can master their cutting skills on it. It will deliver good performance if used in light to medium applications only. For heavy duty usage, this machine may not be able to keep up with the game for long.

Things We Liked

  • Cheap price;
  • Long lasting blade;
  • No visible spark produces;

Things We Didn’t Like

  • Makes lots of chips.
Ironton Dry Cut Metal Saw - 14in. 15 Amps, 1450 RPM

Features

  • Motor: 15 Amps;
  • Rotation: 1450 RPM;
  • Blade: 14" carbide tip blade;
  • Maximum cutting depth is  4 ¾ in. round and 4 ⅛ in. square;
  • Includes: Ironton Dry Cut Metal Saw with  carbide tip blade.

Review

This metal saw from Ironton comes with a large blade to meet the demand of the highest cutting  depths of regular metals like pipe and angle bars. Miter cuts up to 45 degree is possible with this machine. It is made to make it convenient to use in DIY and small household projects.

The safety and convenience I got in this saw was quite unexpected for the price. Its lock-off button was only seen in a few saws and the handle does not cause any fatigue to hand even after day long use. Besides, the base is sturdy enough to use the saw without mounting on any flat surface.

It is equipped with a powerful motor as well that produces rotation lower than other units we have reviewed in this list. Besides, this machine is lacking the durability we look for in machines to use in professional sites. But for light use, it is a useful one in affordable price range.

Things We Liked

  • Quiet operation;
  • Budget friendly price;
  • Sturdy base;
  • Lock off button for safety.

Things We Didn’t Like

  • Not for medium to heavy use;
  • Heavy. 
Chop Saw, 14 In. Blade, 1 In. Arbor

Features

  • Motor: 15 Amps;
  • Rotation: 1300 RPM;
  • Blade: 14" 72-tooth carbide tip blade;
  • Maximum cutting depth is  5-1/8 inches round at 90 degree;
  • Includes: MK Morse dry cut metal saw with safety guard, safety goggles, 6 and 8 millimeter hex wrenches, beveling vice, ear plugs and carbide tip blade.

Review

The best feature of this metal cutting saw is its blade in my opinion. The blade has an inner plate made of hardened steel made and tungsten carbide. The tooth are brazed with titanium carbide to make it more heat and wear resistant. So, even after a couple of year’s heavy use, the blade is expected to deliver satisfactory performance as it gives as new.

By the look of it, you can tell the machine is durably made. It produces torque that is high enough to meet cutting needs of demanding metal fabricators and its low rotation leaves clean and cold cuts every time.

The price is a bit higher than other 14 inch metal cutting saw from less popular brands. But for the durability, you will prefer investing on this tool rather than buying cheap one that lacking the capacity and longevity you need.

Things We Liked

  • Produces high torque;
  • Durable construction;
  • Perfect and fast cuts. 

Things We Didn’t Like

  • Noisy.

Metal Cutting Saw:

Metal cutting saw is the type of saw which can help you o cut through metals. By using this power tool you will be able to cut any metal very fast with perfection. That means, they are powerful enough to finish the job faster and smoothly.

There are various types of metal cutting tools available recently. For buying the right metal cutting tool you need to know about them.

Types of Metal Cutting Saw:

There are five different types of metal cutting saw available in the market. You can pick any of them depending on the type of your job. If you get a proper idea about these saw it would be easy for you to select one for your project.

1. Chop Saw:

Chop saw is a power tool which is used to cut straight lines in woods. It helps you to get the accurate cuts in woods. It cuts the wood faster than the circular saw. Though a chop is mainly used to cut wood but you can also cut metal by using special blades.

2. Circular Saw:

The circular saw use a abrasive or toothed disc or blade to cut different types of materials in a rotary motion.

You can cut wood, plastic, masonry or any other metal with this saw. The blades of the circular saw are designed specially for the material they are meant to cut. Generally, the circular saw is run by electricity but you can also run them by a hydraulic motor or gasoline engine.

3. Reciprocating Saw:

Reciprocate saw is machine-powered saw and it gets into cutting action through push and pull motion of its blade. It has a large blade like a jigsaw and it is also handle oriented so that you can comfortably use it on any vertical surfaces.

4. Bandsaw:

Bandsaw is the type of electric saw with a long and sharp blade. It consists of a metal band which turns round and can be used for cutting metal, woods or other materials.

Generally, they are used in woodworking, lumbering and metal working. Usually, this type of saw is powered by electric motor and with the bandsaw, you’ll be able to cut any type of curved shape like a jigsaw.

5. Multi-Cutter:

Multi-cutter is comparatively new one among all type of metal cutting saw. Though these type of power tool is pretty much expensive, but they work fantastic.

The head of this tool oscillates any tool or accessory that is attached to it. You can use this tool for scraping, cutting, grinding, sanding and many other purposes.

How to Choose: 

Now that you’ve got the basic idea about different types of metal cutting saw its time to know about the most important features of the best metal cutting saw.

1. Blade:

While buying any of the mentioned metal cutting saw, you need to check the blade. Because all available blades are not the same. If you get the right blade, you’ll be able to cut your working piece easily in a second with accuracy.

2. Weight:

Another important fact you need to look for is the weight of the saw. Lightweight saw is easy to operate wheres heavy one tough to handle.

A heavy metal cutting saw can end with uneven cuts. Light-weight saw can give you a smooth finishing. Moreover, a lightweight saw can prevent you from any unwanted accident.

The preferred weight for a metal cutting saw is 13 lbs. Basically, you should choose the weight of your saw according to your project.

3. Grip:

Most important part of a saw is its grip. If the grip of your saw is perfect, you’ll be able to finish your job without hurting your hand. So check the material, size and shape of the handle. It should not slip from your hand while working and should not be rough.

4. Power Capacity:

To cut your metal perfectly, you need a saw with higher amp & volts. Higher motor capacity will give you more cutting power and torque. The ideal power capacity or RPM of the saw should be about 2700- 3900. More than that will run fast and lessen the possibility of perfection and lower that may not cut the material at all.

5. Versatility:

If you have to work on projects in which you need to cut various types of materials, your metal cutting saw must be versatile enough to cut all of the varieties.

6. Safety Features:

While buying a metal cutting saw you must check the safety features of it. A good quality metal cutter wiil definitely include safety features like a blade guard or an eye protection plate and the lock which will prevent it from turning on accidentally.

7. Price & Warranty:

If you want to buy a long lasting good quality metal cutting saw, you need to add little bit extra money to your budget. Because good quality branded power tools are little bit expensive. You can also get a cheap one but they can wear out within a few days and even you won’t get the perfect finishing from them.

The branded expensive tool comes with a better warranty which will make it a good investment for long run. So also check the warranty option of the tool.

Conclusion:

So this is all you need to know for selecting the perfect saw for you. If you want a durable tool with warranty, you must try to go with the brand.

By considering the features I’ve mentioned above will help you to determine the type of saw you need for your job.

You can also check out the list I’ve provided. They all are best in quality and able to serve your purpose. Just select the one is suitable for you and get it.

If you have more to know about metal cutting saw ar any other power tool, fell free to write too me. I’ll definitely try to help you on that topic.

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