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SkilSaw 14 Inch Abrasive Chop Saw Review SPT64MTA-01

SkilSaw’s Metal Chop Saw

IMG_20160428_133314857Skilsaw’s leap into metal cutting is helping to solidify the tool brand as a professional construction use tool provider.  The Skilsaw 12″ Dry Cut Saw was amazing, and this abrasive saw picks up where that one leaves off.  This 14″ abrasive saw can miter in both directions and is built to be very ergonomic for the user.  While this saw shares many features of normal chop saws, Skilsaw worked to incorporate changes to set this saw apart from others.  The D-handle is much easier to use and more comfortable than the standard straight handle use on most chop saws.

Abrasive saws, also known as a cut-off saw or metal chop saw, are used to cut a wide variety of metals. The cut performed by an abrasive disc, similar to a thin grinding wheel used on hand held grinders. The disks on abrasive saws are consumable items as they wear throughout the cut. The abrasive disks for these saws are typically 14″ in diameter and 764″ thick.  There are disks available for different grades of steel and stainless steel.

Capacities

  • 5 in. (127 mm) Max Cut @ 90° for Round Pipe
  • 4 1/2 in. (114 mm) Max Cut @ 90° for Square Stock
  • 4 in. x 7 5/8 in. (101 mm x 193 mm) Max Cut @ 90° for Rectangular Stock

Construction

IMG_20160428_133226799Portable metal cutoff saws have made a big impact on construction sites.  The Abrasive saws are portable and allow for metal fabrication previously performed in workshops using stationary power bandsaws or cold saws to be done directly on-site. In commercial applications, metal studs are very popular and abrasive saws, like the 14″ Skilsaw, are the preferred method of cutting these long, thin items.  Other types of metal saws that use teeth to cut will tear and rip on the open edges of metal studs.  In some cases, those toothed saws can cause a violent kickback on these lightweight materials.  For those reasons, abrasive saws are very popular even though they throw off sparks when in use and leave for hot metal when the cut is complete.

Ergonomics

IMG_20160428_133406268Most of the chop saws on the market are very similar as they mainly perform a function of 90 degree cuts on metal.  Skilsaw took the time to look at the users need and how pressure would be applied to each cut to incorporate a D handle to make cuts a bit more comfortable.  The fence can miter in either direction at up to 45 degrees with the use on the on-board tool that will also help you to change blades.  The saw weighs in at 34 pounds and has a carry handle on the top to allow it to become a potable asset to many contractors.  The saw is shipped with a metal stud blade, but there are a lot of different blades available on the market to cut any hardness of steel up to stainless.

Specifications

  • 15A, 120VAC, 60 Hz  3,800 RPM
  • Steel Guards, Base & Vise, Die Cast Arm & Gear Housing
  • Resin Motor Housing & Handles
  • Tool Weight: 33.9 lbs. (15.4 Kg) without wheel, cord, and wrench
  • Cord Length: 8 ft. (2.4 m)

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2 Responses to “SkilSaw 14 Inch Abrasive Chop Saw Review SPT64MTA-01”

  1. Frank #

    Hi,
    Great review.
    I was thinking to purchase this but going through the online manual, there is no mention of using it to cut solid bar stock? say 3/4″ to 1″ round? Rebar or even flat stock.
    What would be your recommendation? maybe with a different blade it could cut those metals?

    June 6, 2016 at 1:45 pm Reply
    • I think the manual steers clear of some of that because it comes with a blade meant to cut metal studs. That blade will not cut solid stock. If I were looking to do what you described, I would look at the SkilSaw 12″ metal cutting saw that has a carbide tipped blade. It is cleaner and faster.

      June 6, 2016 at 6:20 pm Reply

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