Evolution Power Tools 10 Amp 7-1/4-Inch Multi-Purpose Chop Saw

Last updated date: October 20, 2020

DWYM Score
8.5

Evolution Power Tools 10 Amp 7-1/4-Inch Multi-Purpose Chop Saw

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Overall Take

This chop saw is designed to attack a variety of materials and applications, being especially suited to small, awkward tasks. It tackles lumber with nails with ease, is optimized for cutting rebar and bolt trimming and cuts through plastics without difficulty. In our analysis of 22 expert reviews, the Evolution Power Tools Evolution Power Tools 10 Amp 7-1/4-Inch Multi-Purpose Chop Saw placed 5th when we looked at the top 5 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

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Expert Summarized Score
10.0
3 expert reviews
User Summarized Score
8.3
224 user reviews
Our Favorite Video Reviews
What experts liked
Even when cutting steel, this chop saw will not generate any heat. Durable and built to last.
- All Time List
Versatile blade cuts almost any material. Cuts through material with minimal sparks.
- Best of Machinery
An adjustable fence and vise. Both help you achieve the straight and angle cuts you need to do your job right. Then the handle works to make sure your cutting task is easy on your arm and hand.
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What experts didn't like
Cannot penetrate thicker materials.
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From The Manufacturer

Evolution RAGE4, 7-1/4 in., TCT, Multipurpose Chop Saw is capable of cutting steel, aluminum, wood with nails in and plastic. This award winning machine is the perfect tool for slicing through rebar, bolt trimming and other small awkward applications. Plus it has the ability to cut through 2 by 4 planed lumber and reclaimed lumber with nails and screws. This saw is an essential tool to any tradesman.

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Overall Score: 9.6
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Makita 12-Inch Carbide Blade Chop Saw, 15 Amp
2. Makita 12-Inch Carbide Blade Chop Saw, 15 Amp
Overall Score: 8.9
Expert Reviews: 6
PORTER-CABLE PCE700 15-Amp 14-Inch Chop Saw
3. PORTER-CABLE PCE700 15-Amp 14-Inch Chop Saw
Overall Score: 8.7
Expert Reviews: 4
DEWALT D28730 14-Inch Chop Saw
4. DEWALT D28730 14-Inch Chop Saw
Overall Score: 8.6
Expert Reviews: 5

An Overview On Chop Saws

Chop saws are designed to cut through any material in a straight up and down motion. With their durable construction and blades, they can slice metal, wood, ceramics and plastics without hesitation. Ideal for serial tasks, many chop saws feature quick-lock and quick-release vises and clamps to keep the job moving along speedily.

In addition to blade size, which can vary by several inches and impacts cutting power, two other key considerations with chop saws are width and chopping depth. The chop saw’s mechanism can also impact its performance. When the saw blade enters the material, it slows down, the load on the saw increases and the rotations decrease. Unless this is controlled and monitored, the cutting quality can then decrease.

To ensure stable cutting quality, many chop saws have electronic systems for monitoring the constant number of rotations per second. For heavily used chop saws, being able to replace carbon brushes yourself can cut down on trips to the service center and let you continue working with the saw longer.

While a chop saw, unlike a miter saw, only moves straight up and down, chop saws do give the option of cuts angled horizontally across the material. Most allow for cuts at angles up to 45 degrees.

DWYM Fun Fact

Portable chop saws have greatly impacted the construction industry. Chop saws have replaced acetylene torches in many applications, including the popular chop saw purpose of cutting rebar.

Instead of having to situate and install heavy machinery in a construction site, construction workers can use chop saws to cut through asphalt, concrete and pipe with ease. Chop saws for domestic use are generally smaller and lighter, but they are still versatile and powerful like their construction-oriented cousins.

The Chop Saw Buying Guide

  • Consider blade quality when shopping for chop saws. Most chop saws are sold with a blade, but this might not be the one you should use for all of your projects, as it’s just meant to get you started.
  • It’s best to look for durable blades that can be used on a wide variety of materials when shopping chop saw accessories. Specialty blades are also available if you have a particular project in mind.
  • Keep in mind the likelihood of burrs and other cutting flaws when purchasing a chop saw. Pendulum metal chop saws can provide a cleaner, burr-free cut if you will be doing most of your cutting on certain types of materials.
  • If you’re looking for heavy-duty, and also heavy, chop saw power, look for a belt-drive chop saw. This protects the mechanism from overloading.
  • When cutting metal, a spark guard or spark deflector can be an essential feature on a chop saw. If this is part of the purpose you’re buying a chop saw for, look for this option.
  • You should also wear a dust mask, safety goggles and a sturdy pair of work gloves while working with power tools. Ideally, you should also done long pants, a long-sleeved shirt and steel-toed shoes for your protection.