I worked in a shop for awhile that went through lots of 80/20, Bosch,
and so forth. Any well made miter saw will do the job, given the right
blade. I think ours was a Ryobi or a Delta. We had a couple handheld band
saws mounted on tables (can't think of what they're called) that we used to
cut Textube, but they were too slow for thick aluminum pieces like that.
The laser was really nice, but never close enough to the cut.
I never clamped the extrusion myself, but I did try to cut a piece of
simple angle on it one time and held it by hand. Saw grabbed, broke the
back rest casting, demolished the angle, jammed my thumb and elbow badly,
and left some interesting bruises on my pinky finger. That said, make a
clamp that will hold more than one type of material, or several easy to use
clamps. Our table was mounted between two much longer tables that would
allow us to cut up a full length piece to eight inch pieces easily. Had
measuring tapes on it, a stop, and all the good stuff you can get for/with
80/20. Should have been a variety of clamps, and I made a replacement sign
that read: "Do not cut angle stock with this saw. It will hurt you!!" The
boss there forgot to warn me earlier.
| Can anyone recommend a miter or compound miter saw that would work well
| cutting aluminum extrusion material like the 80-20 product? I've tried my
| 5200 RPM, 10", $88 Delta but don't think this is really the right tool for
| the job. 80-20 recommends something quite a bit slower but I can't seem to
| find anything. Your help is appreciated!