Evolution Power Tools RAGE 1 7-1/4-Inch TCT Multipurpose Cutting Circular Saw
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- Bevel Tilt 0-Degree-45-Degree
- Offers an instantly workable finish
- Multipurpose, Cuts steel, aluminum, wood and plastic
- Easily cuts wood with nails
- Produces virtually no sparks, with no coolant required
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Evolution RAGE 1, 7-1-4-Inch, TCT, Multipurpose Circular Saw is capable of cutting steel, aluminum, wood with nails in and plastics with just one blade, being one of the world's first circular saws to be able to cut metal. When cutting steel, the RAGE 1 cuts cold, no coolant is required. Because the material is cold it can be handled and worked on immediately. A combination of a hi-torque motor and gearbox, heavy duty construction and ultra high grade TCT blade enables the RAGE 1 to cut materials which simply weren't possible before. A blade can cut up to 165-Feet of 1/4-Inch mild steel before a replacement is required
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1) 1" arbor... this is annoying as you have to buy a Rage blade or look for another one. Most are diamond or 5/8"
2) Clamps are almost worthless. Another reviewer mentioned it and it's true. As soon as you try a 45 the clamps are in the way. For a blade that was designed to do miter cuts I don't get it.
3) All markings are off. Don't trust them at all. I don't know how that happened but it did.
It has a laser sight which so far seems to be fairly accurate. The sliding action if fairly smooth and the rails are about an inch in diameter. The miter adjustment is the squeeze grip type with a tension knob. The beveling action, which I have not had a chance to use yet, could be a tad better. If you needed to specifically use a saw for miter cuts then another one that has a better adjusting mechanism might be preferred. With this saw you have a lever that you release tension and then you rotate the armature. It works well but I'd be nice if it was as robust as the miter adjustment mechanism. However, it is a solid lock on your angle so it does work as intended.
As far as blade longevity I do not know. If you were to line up my material end-to-end I have probably cut through 40'-50' of 1/4" steel. The cutting speed is now slowing down to that of a 14" abrasive saw and I am still on the packaged blade but your mileage may vary. Rage also has another blade specifically for steel, the 10BLADEST. I will try that next since most of the work I do is in steel.
The cut is cold enough to touch your cheek immediately after finishing. Try that with an abrasive blade, torch, or plasma cutter. (no don't)
I would not hesitate to purchase this tool again.
I have tried it on dry wall, wood and angle iron and it does everything with ease collecting dust and with no apparent blade damage. It is geared down to give it a slower blade speed and thus more torque. Evolution says that it produces few sparks cutting metal and they are correct. It comes with a roomy plastic case, an edge guide, a vacuum dust port and a rather useless DVD.
One thing that nobody seems to consider is the power use. This saw takes only 10 amps which means that you will be able to use a longer extension cord than a saw that uses 15 amps.
If all you want to do is cut clean wood as fast as possible, then this saw may not be for you. If you need a saw for multiple purposes and especially if dust collection is a plus, then consider this saw. It is much easier to cut metal with this saw than an angle grinder with a metal cutting blade.