Best Metal Cutting Saw Reviews 2017

There are a few different types of saws that will cut through metal. We will probably all be familiar enough with the good old hacksaw and indeed the junior hacksaw. We would recommend that everyone should have one each of these in their tool bag, along with a spare set of blades for each one.

However when it comes to having to cut metal on a regular basis, then doing it manually is both time consuming and a lot of hard work. A hacksaw can make its way through most metals with a good blade on it, but we all know the usual problems of sticking and hacking (hence the name) our way through tougher metals.

 

If you are going to be cutting metal on a regular basis, then you should treat yourself to a power metal cutting saw and simply transform your working life.

Different Types of Metal Cutting Saws Available

There are a number of different types available, and the one that you pick will depend on the type of work that you plan on doing on a regular basis. Let’s have a look at what is on the market, and which saw is suitable for which type of job.

  • Chop Saw
  • Heavy Duty Circular Saw
  • Reciprocating
  • Bandsaw
  • Multi- Cutter (My Favourite)

As you can see there are a few choices. The chop saw and the circular saw will be familiar to most people. If you already own a good circular saw, then this will be the cheapest option for most people. All you will need to do is buy a blade that cuts metal and you have a ready made power saw in your hand.

The video below shows my favourite weapon of choice and I just love it.

Before I look at this one in more detail, it is worth having a look at what other types of metal cutting saws are available in the market place.

Chop Saws for Cutting Metal

Many of the big tool manufacturers produce a whole range of these chop saws and by simply changing the blade, they can cut metal. These are used every day by electricians, air conditioning engineers and anyone who has to work with metal conduit or cable holders.

These saws can ease their way through these in no time at all. Some people use a multi-purpose saw blade and that allows them to chop wood, metal or plastics. If you find that most of your cuts are going to be through metal, we think it is worthwhile to buy a blade designed to cut through metal as you will get a much longer life out of it.

Circular Saws for Cutting Metal

This is very like the chop saw above and again all you need to do is change out the blade. Both chop saws and circular saws are available in corded or cordless, so it is your preference as to which suits your own needs best. The one we show in the picture is a heavy duty circular saw which has been specifically designed for cutting through metal,

It is made by Kawasaki and is one tough machine. This one comes with a side handle which gives you more control and allows you to exercise a great deal more power. If you were a contractor out on a site doing a lot of metal cutting, then the extra investment on this one would be a good consideration. These costs in the price range of $140-150.

Reciprocating Metal Cutting Saws

This would probably be my least favorite choice when it comes to a metal cutting saw. It is basically just a hacksaw on steroids for want of a better description. Don’t get me wrong these are high quality saws, but when used on metal they are a pretty rough weapon of choice.

I have already done a full article on reciprocating saws, and to make them cut metal, it is like the two above, in that you simply change the blades. Once you do that, then these can be used to cut through metals. Typically it will be a pretty rough looking cut, but it does get the job done pretty quickly.

Band Saws For Cutting Metal

These are probably the most expensive option and you would normally find them in metal workshops up and down the country. These type of band saws will set you back over $600 so clearly really only suitable for businesses that do a lot of work with steel, iron or other metal types.

The easiest way to understand these is to think of a large hacksaw mounted on a table that is automatically powered. They can also cut angles and can easily get through even the toughest of metals. They are a specialist type of machine so they will only be needed by the actual industry.

Multi-Cutters for Metal

These are relatively new to the market but I think they are fantastic. They are not cheap and a good quality one will set you back close to $500. Now if you plan on doing a lot of projects around the home, or you are a professional contractor, then just break out the credit card and get one. I did and am delighted that I made the investment.

To all intensive purposes, this will replace almost any saw that you may have, or ones that you had maybe planned on buying. I bought the DeWalt 872 and it is just an amazing machine. This saw will just about get through anything that you put in front of it. The quality of cut is high, and boy is it fast. There are very few products that I would recommend without hesitation, but here I make an exception, as this one is so good.

I have looked at other multi-cutters and most of them are ok, but just avoid the really cheap options as they are useless.

Enda McLarnon
 

Enda McLarnon is now retired and is now enjoying writing about his love of power tools. All types of these tools are now available and they make working on projects and DIY jobs around the home a great deal of fun