I'm still not happy with my stock cutting capability. I've been looking
unsuccessfully so far for a cold saw. It occurs to me to ask you guys if there
is anything I should be looking for or looking out for on a cold saw. I'm
considering a 12"-14" manual unit.
When you miter these saws, do they have vernier capability like tool & cutter
grinders do? Or do they just have degree markings? I'd love to be able to set to
a mark and go, but I often need to cut an angle within 10 seconds of arc and
although it is possible to use a precision protractor to do it, it takes a lot
I've heard "don't buy used, the gearbox will likely be worn out and gearbox
parts on Italian and German machines are hard to get and expensive, and Italian
and German machines are the only kinds you want".
While you're busy spending oodles of your valuable time searching for
the perfect cold saw, I'd strongly suggest ordering up the DeWalt
semi-cold saw for $500 that has a 30 day money back guarantee and try it
out. You might just find that it works well enough that you discontinue
your cold saw search and just keep an eye out in case one pops up
somewhere. Worst case, you don't like it, return it on the guarantee and
it's perhaps cost you a little shipping.
I have never seen one with anything finer than stamped degree lines.
This is, after all, a fabricating tool, not a machine tool. But they
are hefty enough, as compared to the $500 dry cut saws, that they stay
where you put em, and make repeatable cuts.
I dont know of any saw, even one that costs 10 or 20 grand, that will
indicate 10 minutes of a degree on a scale.
Well, mine was used, and its now pushing 25 years old, no gearbox
problems yet. I cant see why it would be any more susceptible to gear
box problems than a similar aged Monarch or LeBlonde lathe, and yet
everybody tells you to buy them.
I think your biggest problem is you live in the northwest, where there
are very few old tools to begin with, and then you are looking for a
tool that is pretty rare, expensive, doesnt really wear out or
depreciate much, and is new enough, at least in its introduction to
the US market, that there just arent many deals on em.
I get the Machinery Journal, out of LA,
its a free monthly ad magazine of used machine tools. In the last
issue, there were only two or three cold saws for sale- this is out of
probably 30 dealers, and maybe 5000 used tools. And thats in LA, where
they still have used tool dealers.
And average prices run well over a thousand dollars for a used one.
If this is a reasonable price range to you (and I think that you might
wait years for that elusive deal on on for 10% of new price) then you
should consider buying from a dealer in Cali. I have bought several
tools this way, and paid the freight, and still saved money over
Seattle prices IF there was even one available here. I waited and
looked for two years for a 12 ga Chicago Finger Brake, never found
one, and was quoted common prices around here of 4 grand and up, used.
Found a used one in Houston, $3200 including freight. It has earned
ten times that over the years.
Some tools just are hard to find used, ever. Especially up here.
I have a startrite that I bought for I dunno 1500 bucks used with some
blades 15 years ago. Never a peep. I know a guy who had problems with
his german or eyetalian one
You probably won't find one cheap.
I also have a kalamazoo fully auto non ferrous, again, the saw is rock
solid, the switches and hydraulics are staring to give me some small
troubles. 13 years old.
Then is are 0.012". Be happy with 1/2 of a degree. Never saw some with a
Seems you want some precision cutting. Did you try a circular saw blade in
the mill? You can get in the 0.01mm range with them. Depends on how big it
is what you intend to cut. Of course not that convenient working on the