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Top 10 Metal Cutting Saws in 2020

Top 10 Metal Cutting Saws in 2020

Metal cutting saws are necessary when looking to cut fine materials such as metal, but finding one that cuts with efficiency and precise results is quite difficult. This is where we come in as Saw Critic has become the best resource in finding quality reviews which leads us into our next one. These specialized saws are better suited which keeps you from throwing money out the window while retrofitting your traditional chop saw.

We’ve considered all the top names in power tools such as Makita, DeWalt, Bosh, Hitachi and many others in creating this unbiased review. When looking at metal cutting saws and what makes them stand out from the competition, we’ve considered everything consumers want to know including price, durability, performance, efficiency, and much more.

The following review focuses on the Top 10 Metal Cutting Saws in 2020 while consumer reviews and field tested information straight from the pros.

1.      MK Morse CSM14MB 14-Inch Dry-Cut Metal Cutting Saw – 9.7

Deserving the top spot in this review is a MK Morse dry-cut metal cutting saw which scores an impressive 9.7 out of 10. This power saw comes in three size options including 7-inch, 9-inch, and for processionals there is a 14-inch model. This is the 14-inch model which is a spark-free operation, noise free, and has reduced heat buildup than other comparable models.

The MK Morse CSM14MB metal cutting saw has received rave reviews from consumers, and after taking it for a spin it’s easy to see why. The efficient, low-speed, high-torque motor delivers speeds to 1,300 RPM motor which is more than enough for effortlessly cutting of conduit, metal studs, pipe, tubbing and angle iron.

Some of the top features include a stronger carbide blade outfitted with 72-teeth which unlike other models, cuts the metal instead of grinding it. Out of the box includes the saw, 6 and 8-millimeter hex wrenches, safety goggles, safety guard, beveling vice, ear plugs and a Metal Devil steel cutting blade.

Specs and Features

  • 14-inch blade diameter
  • 1-inch arbor diameter
  • Power Source Electric.
  • 15-amp motor
  • 1300 no load RPM
  • 0°-45° mitering vise capacity
  • 120 Volt system
  • 62 Pounds weight
  • Plexiglass safety shield
  • Retractable blade guard

2.      Milwaukee 2682-20 M18 5-3/8-Inch Metal Saw – 9.6

For users of all experienced levels, Milwaukee introduced this 3/8-inch metal cutting saw which is simple to use, but powerful enough for all types of material. The compact, low-profile design is revered by all users which significantly improves handling and gives more control to the user. For more of a stable operation, this power saw delivers speeds to 3600 RPM which is up to 20% faster than comparable models.

The Milwaukee 2682-20 M18 metal saw is powered by a 4-Pole Frameless Motor which is an elusive engine. Weighing less than 6-pounds, users have noted better comfort and less fatigue. Improved precision is also noted with simple, tool-less blade adjustments ranging from 1/8-Inch – 2-Inches. For better visibility, it’s outfitted with an LED light, larger cut guide, and impact resistant window for seeing more of the cut line.

Specs and Features

  • 4-poles frameless motor
  • 18V system
  • Extra-Large cut guide
  • 4.3 lbs weight
  • Polycarbonate blade guard
  • Stainless steel shoe
  • 30T metal Tech carbide-tipped blade
  • Tool-free depth adjustment

3.      Panasonic EY4542XM 14-2/5-Volt Li-Ion Bare-Tool Multi-Purpose Metal Cutter – 9.6

Panasonic introduced a beauty with the EY4542XMl which comes in significantly less than comparable metal cutting saws. Scoring a 9.6 out of 10 and claiming the 3rd spot in this review with standout features with a significantly improved design and safety features you just don’t see. Weighing in at only 5.7-pounds and only 12 61/64-Inch in length, it’s lightweight and compact, but delivers more speed than you would think.

The Panasonic EY4542XM is a multi-purpose cordless metal cutting tool which delivers speeds to 3,600 RPM. Improved safety is noted with a shaft lock button, safety switch lock lever, and a wrap-around blade guard which gives users a piece of mind. The blade size comes in at 5-3/8-Inches and you’ll also see Panasonic’s own Guard ION battery protection system.

Specs and features

  • 14.4 Volt System
  • 5.84 lbs weight
  • 3600 RPM no-load speed
  • 5-3/8” blade
  • 13/16” arbor
  • 1-13/16 Max cut depth

4.      Makita EK7651H 14-Inch MM4 4 Stroke Power Cutter – 9.3

This power cutter is the daddy of all metal cutters when considering what it can do, where it can do, and the effortless operation you get. The Makita EK7651H is powered by a powerhouse 4-stroke motor which doesn’t require oil mixing and makes it easier and more practical to operate which minimizes the risk of engine damage due to improper mixing.

The Makita MM4 power stroke cutter is all you’ll ever need for metal cutting without effort as it uses less fuel (45 gallons per hour) and is a lower noise operation (92.7 dB(A)) than other gas powered models. This commercial grade power tool features less carbon and exhaust buildup and a three-ring piston for improved durability.

Specs and Features

  • 75.6 cc engine displacement
  • 9100 no load RPM
  • 4300 max spindle speed
  • 4-13/16 max cutting depth
  • 28.3-pound dry unit
  • 14” wheel diameter

5.      Bosch 1365 14-Inch 15-AMP Hand-Held Abrasive Cutoff Machine – 9.2

For another heavy-hitter, Bosch introduced the 1365 which is a portable abrasive cutoff machine which scores a 9.2 out of 10. This cutoff metal cutting saw delivers speeds to 4300 RPM with a powerful 15-amps of power. The 4.7-HP motor is highlighted by a natural debris removal system which pushes sparks and other materials through the cut and away from the operator. The safer operation is the only way to go when considering the evolution and output this type of saw produces.

The Bosch 1365 is a handheld, corded model features great motor protection as it’s outfitted with reinforced armature windings. Motor protection is evident even more while taking the guesswork out of maintenance as the Service Minder stops operation entirely when PM needs to be done. This intuitive power tool sports a 12-inch wheel diameter, 5/8-Inch-11 spindle thread, and has a maximum cut depth of 4-7/8-Inch.

Specs and Features

  • 15 amperes motor
  • 120V AC/DC input
  • 27 lbs. weight
  • 14” wheel diameter
  • 4-7/8” cut depth
  • 4300 no-load RPM

6.      DEWALT DCG411KL 18-Volt XRP Lithium-Ion Cordless Cut-Off Tool Kit – 9.2

For those looking for the all-in-one solution which includes the DEWALT DCG411KL cut-off tool, cordless battery and charger, then this complete kit is for you. This cut-off tool kit is a great buy considering everything you get which delivers a smooth and efficient cordless operation with a high-power, speed output of 6,500 rpm.

The DeWalt DCG411KL has an easy grip feature thanks to the easy trigger switch and perfectly placed lock-off button. The side handle is also conveniently placed which adds comfort and gives more control to the user. The wrenchless operation makes for a faster wheel removal and the transmission is highlighted by with superior alignment outfitted with a jam-pot, low profile gear case.

Specs and features

  • Dimension: 8 x 13.5 x 5.8 inches
  • Weight15 pounds
  • Source of power: battery
  • Voltage: 18V
  • Battery type: Lithium-ion

7.      PORTER-CABLE PC14CTSD 14-Inch Chop Saw – 9.1

There’s no denying the popularity of Porter-Cable power tools, and this chop saw is yet another reason why. The quality that goes into manufacturing each one is seen in the overall results which users rave about. This 14-inch chop saw overdelivers in results while giving more comfort to the user with ball bearing construction which improves the durability.

The PORTER-CABLE PC14CTSD receives some of the highest rating from consumers with an overall score of 4.5 out of 10. We’ve rated it just as high with a 9.1 out of 10 after hours of use with some of the highest regards with comfort, durability and functionality. The unique front D handle design improves comfort, faster cutting with the quick release material clamp, and you can get 45-degree angles with the 45-degree miter.

Specs and Features

  • 15-Amp motor
  • 4 horsepower
  • 4-3/4” x 5-1/3” depth capacity (round)
  • Wrench blade change
  • 3800 RPM (no load)
  • Quick release material clamp
  • 45° Bevel Cuts
  • Spindle lock

8.      Makita 4131 7-1/4-Inch 13-AMP Metal Cutting Circular Saw – 8.9

Makita did what Makita does best when they introduced this corded 13-amp metal cutting saw. This high-quality power tool delivers sheer power which is all you need for cutting through all types of metal materials with ease. Outfitted with a heavy-duty blade which gives you better chip protection than standard blades which ultimately means better, more efficient cuts.

The Makita 4131 is a 7 ¼-inch model and weighs around 11-pounds. The smooth operation is noted with spark-free cuts and is outfitted with a CERMET blade that is specially crafted out of a Ceramic-Metal mixture which can resist heat which shortens the lifespan of traditional blades. The larger blade design has a larger cut capacity than competitor models with precise, smooth results.

Specs and features

  • Item model number: 4131
  • Color: Teal
  • Wattage: 1100 watts
  • Certification: certified frustration-free
  • Included Components: bare-tool
  • Batteries Included? No
  • Batteries Required? No
  • Warranty Description: 1 Year Parts & Labor

9.      Makita XSC01Z 18-Volt LXT Lithium-Ion 5-3/8-Inch Metal Cutting Saw – 8.8

Makita did it right once again when they introduced this cordless metal cutting saw which comes in at 5 3/8-inch. Makita put the motor right where it belongs which delivers 3,600 RPM for superior cutting performance. Saving you time while assuring a smooth, effortless cut is what users expect the most which helped it receive an 8.8 out of 10. With all positive consumer reviews, we tend to agree this is easily one of the best models out there.

The Makita XSC01Z is a cordless model which runs off an 18-volt LXT Lithium-Ion battery. This bare tool model does not include the battery or charger, but you can pick one up for relatively cheap. Some of the highlight features include an LED light which helps illuminate the cut, soft grip handle for improved comfort, and a lightweight and durable design.

Specs and Features

  • 5-3/8” Blade Diameter
  • 5/8” Arbor
  • 2” max cutting depth
  • 18V LXT li-ion system
  • 5.7 lbs. weight
  • 3600 RPM no load speed
  • Cordless unit

10. Makita XSC02Z 5-7/8″ 18V LXT Lithium-Ion Brushless Cordless Metal Cutting Saw – 8.8

Makita introduced a classic metal cutting saw which is powered by a cordless brushless motor. This cordless operation is extremely efficient for a power saw, but is a bare tool model so the battery and charger is not included. Despite this, the Makita XSC02Z is a steal at this price which comes in significantly less than comparable models.

The Makita XSC02Z cordless metal cutting saw is powered by a high-quality brushless motor which delivers speeds to 3,900 RPM. With fast cutting power and Makita’s own Automatic Speed Change technology users can take full-advantage of optimal performance with adjustable speeds and torque during the cut.

This model cuts through all types of metal including pipe, conduit, thread, channel, tubbing, and much more with ease. Coming in at 13-1/8-inch long and weighing less than 7-pounds, it’s compact, lightweight, but delivers enough power for any metal cutting task.

Specs and features

  • Dimensions: 8 x 13.5 x 10.1 inches
  • Weight: 6.4 pounds
  • Source of power: battery
  • Voltage18 volts
  • Average battery life: 10 hours


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