Last updated: September 7, 2020
What is a Chop Saw?
By Herbert Dorman
What is a Chop Saw?
If you have been into the carpentry industry for any length of time, you have to know what is a chop saw! And this guide is not for you definitely. People who are newcomers just stepped into the industry, there is a high chance that they don’t know much about the saw. Which is why we have prepared this guide. Whether you are about to go into the carpentry industry or will be working in DIY projects, a chop saw can be a helping hand in both.
Chop saw is a simple tool which is specialized in making precise straight cuts. Saws are used in making different kinds of cuts effortlessly. However, we won’t stretch the intro anymore, let get inside and learn about different types of chop saws and their works in detail.
Different Types of Chop Saws
We are about to discuss different types of chop saws below. Go through the guide, you will learn about each type, and why they are used. Here you go!
1. Miter Saw
This is a variation of chop saw which is specialized in making angled cuts and it is called Miter saw, a widely used one. Compared to the regular chop saws, these are a bit versatile and a great tool making accurate and quick angled cuts. A lot of people mix up the miter saw with circular saws. But both of these two tools are way too different from each other. One big difference among these is, miter saw and chop saws can’t move. The blade is what moves up and down. And you have to take the material you want to cut into the blade.
On the other hand, a circular saw is completely opposite of miter and chop saws. Circular saw moves to various directions which makes it is more versatile. Having that said, both of the miter saw and circulars are capable of delivers excellent cuts.
2. Metal Chop Saw
As the name suggests, this saw machine is designed for cut metal materials. If you will be working with metals, then metal chop saw is what you should look up to. With a metal chop saw, you will be able to make faster and precise cuts on the metal. That being said, for angled cut, this is not suitable. For angled cuts you have to go for the Miter saw, they are designed for angled cuts.
Moving on, to use a metal chop saw all you have to do is lining up the metal material with the blade. Before you use the main piece metal, try to make a quick dry run in order to make sure that the blade is going to the designed mark. And one most important thing when working with any kind of saw is, put on the safety gear. If the right precaution is not taken, you might need to pay price if anything goes wrong.
Once you have worn the safety gear, now put the main metal piece into the blade and then turn the blade on. Wait and let the machine do the rest. Another important thing you should remember is, do not force the machine, let it do its work naturally. Wait with patience.
3. Wood Chop Saw
If you work with wood projects then wood chop saw is what you need. This is the most common chop saw that is seen everywhere. Cutting woods effective within a very short time is what wood chop saw does best. That being said, almost every wood projects need angled cuts which wood chop saw can’t offer since the blade of the wood chop saw just moves up to down. For angled cuts, you have to invest in another chop saw which is called meter chop saw. However, wood chop saws are very easy to use and they are highly effective as well. Compared with other saws, they are inexpensive too.
4. Abrasive Chop Saw
If you often work with rough and tough materials, then abrasive chop is for you. Abrasive chop saws are completely different from the traditional saws and they don’t come with the same cutting teeth that traditional saws come with. They are like a grinding wheel which can be used to cut down any material such as tile, concrete, asphalt, metal, flooring, etc.
Having that said, abrasive chop saws work in the same manner as normal saws do. They can only move up and down. Anyways, they are extremely powerful and highly effective. The reason why many people choose this saw is its multipurpose capability. You can cut different materials in this. But if you need accuracy, then you wouldn’t want to choose it.
5. Metal Chop Saw Blade
Let’s assume, you need to cut a piece of metal but you don’t have a metal chop saw. What would you do? Will you give up? No! There is still a way to get the job done. A metal chop saw blade! You won’t need to invest big buck in a metal chop saw, if you cut metal occasionally. But you need to have a chop saw. Pick a metal chop saw blade and then attach that on the chop saw you have. The work should be done.
However, you might not find it as effective as a metal chop saw cutting, but it will work. If you will be cutting metal frequently then we would suggest you pick a metal chop saw machine.
So you do know what is a chop saw, right? We have tried our best to give you an idea about popular chop saw machines so that you can choose which one is for you. We have also shown how each chop saw machines work. Which chop saw you should pick that depends on the material you will be cutting. So you have to be very wise when you are picking a chop saw for you. Hope this helps!