Cut Off Saws
How do you choose the best cut off saw for you? If you’ve never had a cut off saw of your own before, making the first purchase can be overwhelming. Electric cut off saws are a lower cost option for a powerful cutting if you have somewhere you can plug into power (or a portable generator).
Whether you call it a cut off saw, a power cutter, disk saw, or a portable chop saw, these electric power tools pack a punch and get the job done. Smaller and lighter than their gas-powered cousins, A corded electrical cutoff saw can be an amazing tool for cutting through concrete, steel, brick, or stone. Just be sure to choose the right kind of blade for the job.
Far more affordable than a gas powered saw of similar size and power, these tools can be a good entry level option for a new contractor, or maybe you just don’t want to hand off your $1,000 saw to a crew member for the day.
There are some trade offs.
First, you’ll need a proper extension cord. These saws are power hungry. A 10 gauge extension cord is highly recommended. Here’s a 50-foot option from Amazon for you to consider.
Second, you’ll need enough power. Some of the bigger saws discussed below will trip smaller breakers.
Third, not all the saws here have connections for water. That means they will make a dusty mess for some of your cuts.
|Blade Size/Depth of Cut
|Evolution R230DCT 9″
|9″ / 3.5″
|Evolution R255DCT 10″
|10″ / 4″
|12″ / 4.5″
|12″ / 4.5″
|14″ / 5″
|14″ / 5″
|16″ / 6″
|16″ / 6″
I first was exposed to Evolution saws because they seemed to show up on a bunch of youtube channels all at once. I liked what I saw and I own one of their miter saws. It’s a good saw and I’m very happy with it.
The saws listed here are aimed at construction and demolition. They pack a punch and are well reviewed on the internet.
The Evolution R230DCT 9″ disc cutter is a handy little tool that will get you through many of the common jobs you’ll see in construction, landscaping, and demolition. With a 3.5″ max cutting depth, it’s not as deep a cut as some of the bigger saws we’ll review, but honestly, when I was working masonry construction, this would have been a nice go-to saw option much of the time.
Weighing only 15.6 lbs and drawing 1600 watts, this a handy little tool that bridges the gap between a hand held grinder and a bigger, gas powered cut-off saw. The blade is included.
It doesn’t have a water connection, but the motor is “double insulated”. In theory, you can cut wet materials, just be careful.
Buy on Amazon.com: https://amzn.to/3kgpGrd
The Evolution R255DCT: Much like the 9″ saw above, this 10″ saw is a versatile tool with a bit more depth of cut than the 9″ version.
It weighs around 16 lbs, includes a blade, and has a brake on the motor so the blade stops spinning when you’re done with your cut.
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Here are 2 options for the 12″ electric saws. One includes water-cutting connections. The other has a bigger motor.
The 1800 watt Evolution R300DCT+ is an 1800 watt cutting monster that will make its way through almost anything you throw it at (don’t throw this tool. It will break).
At a weight of 21.3 lbs, blade included, this is a good saw for any contractor. And this saw includes water connections so you can keep the dust levels low. Don’t want any of that silica getting in your lungs.
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The 2400 watt Evolution R300DCT is a huge saw for the category. With almost as much power as some of the 14 inch saws, you can bet this saw will get the job done. Really, this is an awesome saw if you’re looking for a 12″ blade saw.
Weighing in at 27.7 lbs, blade included, this is a fantastic entry-level choice of saw.
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I’m going to include this saw so you can see what the options are for electric cut off saws. I can’t honestly recommend this saw, unless you only have one job to get done then you’re never going to need the saw again. Kind of a Harbor Freight type of tool.
Generic Electric 14″
The D&Y electric 14″ cut of saw is a bare bones tool, but it does include water cooling and a GFCI plug. All the tools here have that, but I mention it here because this is the cheapest saw of this type that I’ve seen and proper electrical protection seems important.
Weighing 39.7 lbs, with 2800 watts of power and 4300 RPM promised, this wet and dry cutting saw might be just the tool you need for a weekend project.
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The XtremepowerUS Electric 14″ cut off saw includes wet and dry cutting capabilities, a 14″ blade, and 2800 watts of power. It weighs 33 lbs and the no-load speed is 4300 RPM. Not bad at all. A 14 inch blade can generally cut to about 5″ deep. This saw would be a good compliment to a gas powered or battery powered 14″ saw if you want to be able to share blades.
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If you need just a bit more out of saw, there’s 16″ blades. Cut to a depth of 6 inches deep with these massive portable saws. Cutting control joints in that extra thick slab of concrete you just poured? These saws will get you there. Some of the reviews mention that these bigger saws can trip your breakers. They take a lot of juice to run those huge blades so take it slow.
The XtremepowerUS 3200 watt, 16 inch electric cutter saw will cut wet or dry. It weighs 40 lbs. Blade not included.
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The Stark 3200 watt 16″ electric circular concrete saw also includes water line attachments, but not a blade. It weighs 39 lbs.
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