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Old 11-29-2007, 06:53 PM
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Default evolution rage mitre saw

i've been thinking of getting a sliding mitre saw for wood and saw an evolution rage saw that claims to cut wood, steel and alu for 200 euros on special offer.

any views or experience of these evolution saws, whats the quality like?
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Old 11-29-2007, 07:17 PM
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No experience with this saw but it sounds to good to be true. Does it have some way to adjust the rpms. Hard to see how it can do a good job on both wood and steel otherwise.

I have used my miter saw with a steel cutting blade and didn't like the result versus even a cheap chop saw.
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Old 12-01-2007, 12:36 PM
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I have an (older, pre-rage) Evolution metal-cutting ripsaw. It's about the best tool investment I've made so far. It's the 9" one that cuts up to 1/2" plate (although I did see the original blade off by cutting 1-1/4" plate at 3 passes). With a little practice it leaves a really nice edge for welding, no more than a quick zap with a file needed to deburr.
I haven't tried one of the Rage (or cut-off/mitre saws) as yet, but I have heard that the "one blade cuts all" idea works pretty well...
It's worth keeping an eye on Screwfix's end of special offers and season bargains, as you may get one cheap there...
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Old 12-01-2007, 12:42 PM
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I have a evo circular saw. It does the job and cuts steel like butter, but I am less than impressed with the ergonomics of the saw. Its difficult to see what you are cutting, there is no guard pull back. The safety switch is hard to use left handed. Overall its a very "bulky" saw. The laser is an obvious add on. The rip fence must be installed or removed every time you want to put it in the case. That and the colors are god awful ugly. I am pretty sure that person who engineered it never actually had to use it!
My point is, I am sure they were engineered by the same people. Unless you can really look or get a stellar review for the saw you want I would be leary.
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Old 12-03-2007, 10:48 AM
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So far so good.

this is the saw in question.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rnopNPgd-80

bought it friday night, like i say i was in the market for a wood saw and decided to chance this.

well as a wood saw anyway i'm happy, a 12 inch blade would be nicer than the 10 inch one but its one hell of a step up from the 8.25 cheapo non sliding saw i had before.

Cut very little steel, just some wardrobe hanging tubes but it did them without a problem. no argument with the ergonomics so far either.

not exactly a review but my experiences so far...

Hi loopy, unfortunately screwfix dont deliver to the republic, which is a dose as they have an excellent range of stuff online. actually picked it up in B&Q
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Old 12-03-2007, 10:58 AM
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What is the RPM of that saw?

edit: Never mind, found it: 2500 RPM on the Rage 3

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Old 12-03-2007, 11:30 AM
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Good for you, John. The video makes it look like a keeper.
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Old 12-03-2007, 05:44 PM
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Hi loopy, unfortunately screwfix dont deliver to the republic, which is a dose as they have an excellent range of stuff online. actually picked it up in B&Q
Funny you should mention that...

Guess who owns Screwfix.

I think I buy about 80% of my hardware from Screwfix because of the price and the 1 working day delivery...

When my brother was living in Shannon we used to buy a lot of stuff (he's a joiner/builder/landscaper) and forward it to him, even with 2 sets of carriage it still came out cheaper...

Cheers, Loopy.
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No experience with this saw but it sounds to good to be true. Does it have some way to adjust the rpms. Hard to see how it can do a good job on both wood and steel otherwise.

I have used my miter saw with a steel cutting blade and didn't like the result versus even a cheap chop saw.
wel i believe its not just the saw they make there own blades for metal and wood ...the lws rep was telling me that one of the evo metal blades does the = to an box of reg chopsaw blades the booklet he give me was saying that there was very low toque loss so metal cutting is otumized (excuse my spelling) but it did not talk much on wood im looking at the 9" and the chop saw .... we install diffent metal siding panel on large and small buildings around the eastern U.S. and some of the tools the send us i think are mickey mouse just becouse they want to save a few bucks...... but every one that i have talk to about it has talk good with nothing bad to say about it hope this helps and if ihave gotten anything wrong please correct me
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http://www.shopfloortalk.com/forums/...ight=evolution

http://www.shopfloortalk.com/forums/...hlight=grinder
9" Evolution saw in action
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