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Evolution Power Tools RAGE 1 7-1/4-Inch TCT Multipurpose Cutting Circular Saw


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1 7-1/4-Inch
  • 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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Product Information

Size Name: 1 7-1/4-Inch
Technical Details
Part NumberRAGE
Item Weight5 Kg
Product Dimensions26.4 x 43 x 23.8 cm
Item model numberRAGE 1
Size1 7-1/4-Inch
Item Package Quantity1
Number of Handles2
Batteries Required?No
Weight5.4 kilograms
Length26.4 centimeter
Width43 centimeter
Height23.8 centimeter
  
Additional Information
ASINB000WEKO0A
Shipping Weight11 Kg
Date First AvailableAug. 3 2011
  
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Product Description

Size Name: 1 7-1/4-Inch

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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Amazon.com: 65 reviews
16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
Not too bad but needs some fixes Feb. 18 2012
By George A. Sopko - Published on Amazon.com
I am a hobbyist and that is why I chose this particular saw. I could not afford nor did I need a professional grade saw. Overall, I have been very happy with the saw and its performance and I have cut quite a few linear feet with it. I'm actually on my third blade and I have a fourth. It is fairly sturdy overall and I have found all the movements to be smooth and precise. However, I do have some caveats:

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.
19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
I love it!! Dec 12 2009
By P. Sopko - Published on Amazon.com
I have found it to be very well built and so far no problems. I currently use it at a sculpture studio where I weld at. So, I'm not a full-time, professional welder, who uses it every day, all-day. But, I have been cutting through 1/4" steel no problem for a project of mine. It's cutting speed compared to a 12" or 14" abrasive saw is many times faster. Compared to a Miller Spectrum 375 it is also much much faster which is the reason why I bought it. The steel I am cutting is 11" in width max and this cuts up to 11-3/4" (IIRC) so it really fits the bill.

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.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
All purpose saw Dec 4 2009
By D. C. Eaton - Published on Amazon.com
Size Name: 1 7-1/4-Inch
I bought this because I was looking for a circular saw that had dust collection. The only other option is a Porter Cable, but their customer service was non responsive while Evolution was easy to reach and helpful. From the pictures I thought it looked rather clunky, but it is more impressive in person. It is well balanced and easy to guide, even one handed. The built in dust collection will collect about 75% of the wood dust or metal chips. After a few cuts it is full and has to be emptied or the dust just spews out like every other saw. It also has a dust port that can be connected to a shop vacuum. In order to collect as much dust as possible, the blade is fully enclosed by the blade guards and this makes it harder to see the actual point where the blade is cutting. To help with this issue, Evolution has installed a plastic view window on the left of the guard. I find that this works fairly well and allows me to see the cutting line although I have to wipe it clean with my finger before the cut.

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.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Purchased this saw before Amazon carried it...but I LOVE it !!! May 14 2012
By Vette Memphis - Published on Amazon.com
I've used this saw in the field to cut 2" x 1/4" T drill pipe and it cuts steel as easily as you would cut a pine 2 x 4.

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.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Cuts steel like wood Sept. 2 2012
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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This saw is amazing. I just cut up some 1/16 mild steel. There were no sparks, the cut was cool to the touch immediately after and the finish on the cut was really good. The only thing is that it throws lots of metal chips so wear a full face shield.