You are NOT going to find a cold saw at a pawn shop.
First they weigh 500 to 1000 lbs.
Second they are too damn big.
I have one at work that we got from Boeing Surplus.
Got the saw as a charitable donation, then spent $1200 to get the motor
("FREE" is a 4 letter word beginning with "F")
Cold saws are big and heavy.
They do show up at industrial auctions, just be careful about how beat
up they are.
A COLD saw uses a flood coolant to keep a very slow moving, solid high
speed steel blade cool.
They slowly chew through steel.
A more likely tool to find at a pawn shop is a DRY-CUT saw.
These use a saw body similar to an abrasive chop saw, but stronger and
lower RPM, and a carbide tipped saw blade using special C-6 carbide
Much more portable.
I have a Porter Cable 1410 Dry Cut saw at home.
New they run around $400.
You could jerry-rig a 14" dry-cut saw blade onto a wood cutting miter
saw, but you would rip the teeth off the blade, burn out the saw motor
and melt the blade guard with hot steel chips.
I notice that the manual for these things says that they are for non-ferrous
metals only. In your experience can they used with aluminum if one uses a
different blade? Is this non-ferrous rule one that should be adhered to?
This looks like it would be a Good Thing for me, but I need to be able to
They will cut soft steel, aluminum, plastic, wood, brass, copper and
almost anything else as long as it is not hardened steel.
If you have to cut hardened steel you can swap in an abrasive blade.
The Porter Cable 1410 is an excellent saw.
You can buy the blades from mytoolstore,com for a lot less than
Another excellent drycut saw is the Makita 12" saw.
Freud makes several blades for cutting Aluminium in regular
woodworking miter saws. Run you about $90 for the blade. Clamp the
stock tightly, and let the blade stop before you lift it out of the cut
to avoid tossing small offcuts across the shop. DAMHIKT. In a top
quality power miter saw these give excellent results.
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