Excerpt: This saw is an animal when cutting steel. I've used it to cut through 18" I-Beams and 3/4" sheet steel. Yes, 3/4" plate... just take your time. I greaded the saw at 5 stars but the blades are sort of hit & miss. I bought an extra blade and thank God I did. The blade that came with the saw cut a hard curve to the right. It simply wouldn't cut straight no matter how hard I tried.
Pros: Easy To Use, Fast Cutting Speed, Good Design, Long Run Time, Powerful, Safe
Summary: I bought this saw to trim the tin on my new roof installation. It does a great job cutting the tin; but makes a lot of noise from the blade and tin so you have to wear ear protection. It"s a little pricey compared to some of the bargain models; but it is a well made tool. I have Milwaukee tools that I purchased in the early 1970"s that are still doing a great job.
Summary: At first, saw worked great, but about a year of light use just cutting my aluminum scrap, saw motor lock up and stopped working. for the money spent on this saw and by just cutting aluminum, this saw should last forever! i've changed blades as needed so there was no overload on the motor to avoid problems. Bought a cheaper saw from PorteCable at Lowes and it's doing the job for 4 times less the money spent!!!!
Excerpt: I bought it because I supply some hardened metals to the mining industry and I didn't want to lose a sale because some customer didn't have a plasma cutter to cut my plate. I found that I could easily cut 1/4" mild steel with a 70-72 Rc hard chrome coating on one side of the plate - and it left a nice smooth cut finish. Could also cut the same plate product but with a 1/4" thick through-hardened AR400 steel back - although at a reduced cutting rate.
Pros: Can Cut Hardened Plate, Easy Change Of Blades, Easy To Use, Fast Cutting Speed, Good Design, No Mess When Cutting, No Sparks When Cutting, Powerful, Safe