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So I've just got into forging/blacksmithing and have a need to cut various sections of steel.
I was going to get an abrasive saw, but I understand cold cut tungsten tipped saws are the bees knees of choices. Evolution do some entry level ones for fairly cheap.

But I already own a Evolution RAGE3-S 210MM Miter saw.

https://www.screwfix.com/p/evolution-rage3-s-210mm-single-bevel-sliding-compound-mitre-saw-240v/60839?_requestid=290613#product_additional_details_container

It was an effort to set up and I spent a good time re-calibrating the angle measure but since then it's done ok.
I've cut plenty of 4x2 and cut some aluminium, 3mm steel plate and a 3" stainless steel tube. But this diy not trade use, so not getting through that much.

It does manage to cut metal, blade seems to cope fine. But the physical setup with the mitre saw tends to leave me a bit edgy as the saw tends to risk snagging more than with wood (I push as gentle as I can) and the tiny clamp doesn't really hold the piece firmly so I've had copper pipe snag and rip instead of cutting.

Should I get an Evolution RAGE4 1250W 185MM chop saw?
(https://www.screwfix.com/p/evolution-rage4-1250w-185mm-chop-saw-230v/97351#product_additional_details_container)

Looking at it the blade is a touch smaller, and the speed is a touch slower (slightly smaller motor 1250W vs 1500W). Does this make any significant difference? I know blade speed is why you cant slap a tungsten blade on an abrasive saw.

Or should I build a better work clamp designed for metal to fit onto the Miter saw.
(If I do that I can consider saving for a metal bandsaw)

Thanks in advance


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