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Old 11-23-2009, 02:07 PM
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have you ever tryed cutting a piece of pipe or something with just a dremel cutting tool!, quite frankly i am fed up with wonky lines and them stupid cutting discs flying apart in my face!!!

so is there a nice small chop saw, with a nice little neet cutting disc i can buy some place??? maybe something with a 4 inch blade? and the whole unit no bigger than a shoe box??

if theres one i can get in the UK, to keep shipping costs down that would be good?

cheers guys....
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Old 11-28-2009, 07:40 PM
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try to find one of those saws that they use for cutting arrows to size that sounds like what would meet your needs
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Old 11-28-2009, 09:59 PM
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What kind of pipe? If the piece will fit in one of my mitre boxes, I use a razor saw to cut it down. Works especially well for brass and aluminum.

What kind of material are you cutting, and what cutting wheels? I only use the big fiber-reinforced disks for cutting metal. I have had the regular cutoff wheels break too many times to use them for anything other than soft plastic like styrene. Those things break if you even just rest the Dremel on it's side.
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Not sure about UK shipping, but this one is good. click
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That chop saw looks to be a good size for what I need and the area I have to work with. How is it with finding blades for it? Any more info on it from others that use it?
Thanks a ton...
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Old 11-30-2009, 09:58 AM
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I am just starting to build scale stuff, but since automotive brake line is the tube of choice I was just planning to use a basic tubing cutter kind of like this one for cutting the tube. I know I paid less than 10 bucks for mine somewhere but this link is an example.
http://www.acehardware.com/product/i... 1238.1260857

Then I plan to use my bench grinder to fish-mouth the tubing or make any angles I might need.

For 27 bucks though I might just order one of the chop saws linked above if for no other reason than it looks cool and you can never have too many tools and gadgets laying around.
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Old 11-30-2009, 10:13 AM
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That chop saw looks to be a good size for what I need and the area I have to work with. How is it with finding blades for it? Any more info on it from others that use it?
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I haven't seen this item personally but I would guess a 4 inch cutoff wheel for an angle grinder. They should be pretty easy to find.
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i want it to cut all sorts, but dont want a honking great big miter saw onn the bench!! that one cherokee95 found is exactly what i am looking for!!
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I don't know if you can get them in the UK, but Proxxon has nice ones. I've got the small one and it's great to work with.

Here's the small one:



And here's the bigger one (quite pricey though):



They're made in Germany and quality tools. If they sell them where you live, get one of these two and you're fine.
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That chop saw looks to be a good size for what I need and the area I have to work with. How is it with finding blades for it? Any more info on it from others that use it?
Thanks a ton...
2'' diameter high speed steel blades for this one. I use it as well for cutting all the way up to 3/8" solid rod with no issues at all. I get the blades from the same place. They are not your typical cut off wheel, they are more like a circular saw blade with teeth.
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2'' diameter high speed steel blades for this one. I use it as well for cutting all the way up to 3/8" solid rod with no issues at all. I get the blades from the same place. They are not your typical cut off wheel, they are more like a circular saw blade with teeth.
Hey thanks for the info on the blades. Do you happen to have a link just to make sure I get the right ones.. This will be on my x-mas list..lol
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these all look great and is exactly what i am after!!!
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I bought this exact unit a couple weeks back. My main intention for it was to be able to miter cut 1/8" steel rod. I tried for nearly 3 minutes to cut through 1 piece of 1/8" mild steel rod. Got about half way through. If you pushed hard enough where it might actually do something it stalled the motor. So I decided even though it says steel that it's not gonna do that. So I put a new blade on it(first one had rounded teeth now), and decided to try some aluminum. I had some 1/8" thick 3/8" wide strip. Although it did make it through, it did the same thing. If you pushed at all to try and get through the piece in a reasonable amount of time it would stall the motor. I ended up taking it back, and I'm awaiting my catalog from Proxxon.

btw, in case you decide to give it a try here's the blades
http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/cta...emnumber=42805
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oh well thats not good....i was doing a bit more searching and found a gizmo that you can put a hand held grinder into it, and use in the same fasion. put some thin blades on that and i recon it will do the job....and i dont think a grinder will stall that easy
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