Best Metal Cutting Saws in the UK

Review & Comparison, Last Update September 10, 2019
Any power saw that is able to cut through metal qualifies as a metal saw. At the same time, there's a world of difference between your average metal cutting saw and the best prospects on the market today. On this list, you will find the latter. ...Read more ...Read less
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PROS
CONS
OUR VERDICT
Type
Power Source
Power
No-Load Speed
Cutting Depth
Blade Diameter
Convenience
Safety
Weight
Warranty
 
PROS

When cutting mild steel, the model produces a square, ready-to-weld cut that features no heat, no burrs, and practically no sparks, much preferred to the usual abrasive cutting methods. The slide rail protector shields the saw against damage and prevents dust ingress. The dual quick-release clamps provide additional accuracy and faster adjustments.

CONS

The clamps are not fully swappable. 

OUR VERDICT

Evolution Power Tools R255SMS+ doesn't mess around. The model is as suitable for workshops as it is for on-site use. The saw has no problems with mild steel, wood (even wood with embedded nails), aluminium, plastic, copper, and many more materials, cutting through them with laser-precision guidance.

detailed parameters
Type

Tabletop Sliding Mitre Saw

Power Source

Corded (3-m. cord length)

Power

2000 W

No-Load Speed

2500 RPM

Cutting Depth

0° bevel: up to 80 mm

45° bevel: up to 45 mm

Blade Diameter

255 mm (Japanese tungsten carbide tipped blade included)

Convenience

Dual quick-release clamps, laser precision guidance, dust collection bag and dust port adaptor, integrated carry handles

Safety

Slide rail protector

Weight

15.3 kg

Warranty

3 years (registration required)

PROS

The saw's intelligent trigger allows for complete and total control over pretty much all applications. The all-new transparent front guard, paired with built-in LED light and chemically-treated glass window, offers exceptional line of cut visibility. The cool-running 140-millimetre tungsten carbide-tipped blade delivers constant burr-free cuts.

CONS

The maximum available cutting depth is limited. 

OUR VERDICT

DeWalt's power tools seldom disappoint and DeWalt DCS373N is no exception to that rule. The model's steel shoe can withstand the toughest job site conditions. Though durability is its biggest strength, the saw is pretty comfortable and practical too. 

detailed parameters
Type

Handheld Circular Saw

Power Source

Cordless (18V battery and charger not included)

Power

460 W

No-Load Speed

3700 RPM

Cutting Depth

Up to 43 mm

Blade Diameter

140 mm (tungsten carbide tipped blade included)

Convenience

Intelligent trigger control, spindle lock for quick and easy blade change, LED light

Safety

Grip handle with rubber overmould, transparent front guard, lock-off switch and electronic motor brake

Weight

3.76 kg (without the battery)

Warranty

1 year

PROS

The saw keeps vibrations as low as possible. Its heavy-gauge, precision-machined base offers smooth, accurate cutting. The on-tool hex wrench allows for fast and easy blade replacement. The large view window enables easy cutting along the cutting line, whilst the LED job light provides an easy-to-trace cutting line.

CONS

Makita battery and charger(s) are pretty expensive. 

OUR VERDICT

Makita DCS550Z is compact and lightweight but robust and powerful at the same time. The model's motor delivers 3600 revolutions per minute, so there aren't too many materials/targets the saw will have issues with. It cuts through unistrut all-thread steel, conduits, pipe, sheet metal, square tubing, and more.

detailed parameters
Type

Handheld Circular Saw

Power Source

Cordless (18V battery and charger not included)

Power

Not listed

No-Load Speed

3600 RPM

Cutting Depth

Up to 51 mm

Blade Diameter

136 mm (tungsten carbide tipped blade included)

Convenience

Intelligent trigger control, on-tool hex wrench for fast and easy blade changes, LED light

Safety

Grip handle with rubber overmould, lock-off switch and electronic motor brake, safety goggles included

Weight

~2.6 kg (without the battery)

Warranty

3 years (registration required)

PROS

The swivelling cutting guard and adjustable spark guide plate keep things about as risk-free as they can be with these saws. The saw comes equipped with a built-in handle and locking device, meaning that it is pretty easy to transport. The motor and gear incorporate ball bearings to withstand high loads. 

CONS

The supplied blade is lacklustre. 

OUR VERDICT

Metabo CS23355 doesn't just make sure to deliver on the functionality and performance fronts but also on the safety one. With this metal saw, there's very little chance even the least experienced users will be able to injure themselves. 

detailed parameters
Type

Tabletop Chop Saw

Power Source

Corded (2.7-m. cord length)

Power

2300 W

No-Load Speed

4000 RPM

Cutting Depth

0° bevel: up to 125 mm

45° bevel: up to 65 mm

Blade Diameter

355 mm (tungsten carbide tipped blade included)

Convenience

Motor and gear with ball bearing for high loads, quick-release clamps, spindle lock for easy disc change, storage for the double-ended wrench at the machine table, built-in carry handle

Safety

Adjustable spark guide plate, swivelling cutting guard

Weight

16.9 kg

Warranty

3 years (registration required)

PROS

The powerful 2300-watt motor is able to deliver 4400 revolutions per minute, allowing the model to cut through various metal workpieces, including but not limited to angle and box sections, pipes, and solid bars. The quick-release vice allows for quick clamping and removal of the workpiece. 

CONS

The machine is relatively heavy.

OUR VERDICT

Ozito 2300W is a budget saw with an entry-level price tag and mid-range performance. It doesn't really come up short compared to its more expensive competition. As far as cost-effectiveness is concerned, this is the best metal cutting saw on the list.

detailed parameters
Type

Tabletop Chop Saw

Power Source

Corded (~2.5-m. cord length)

Power

2300 W

No-Load Speed

4400 RPM

Cutting Depth

0° bevel: up to 125 mm

45° bevel: up to 65 mm

Blade Diameter

355 mm (3 metal cutting discs included)

Convenience

Quick-release clamps, soft-grip D-handle

Safety

Lock-off safety switch

Weight

16.8 kg

Warranty

3 years

Evolution Power Tools R255SMS+

Laser-Precision Guidance Meets Versatility

There aren't any materials that Evolution Power Tools R255SMS+ is unable to handle. The saw has no issues with mild steel, wood (even wood with embedded nails), aluminium, plastic, copper, and many more.

Needless to say, the biggest contributor here is the model's 28-tooth, 255-millimetre Japanese tungsten carbide-tipped blade as well as optimised gearbox and motor speed.

When cutting mild steel, the model produces a square, ready-to-weld cut that features no heat, no burrs, and practically no sparks, much preferred to the usual abrasive cutting methods.

The saw's 300 x 80 mm cutting capacity is no joke, perfect for cutting copper pipes, plastic pipes, cable trays, armoured cables, aluminium channels, scaffold boards, skirting board, architraves, MDF, hardwoods like oak and ash, plus much more at various cutting angles.

With reclaimed timber, the saw cuts through embedded nails, screws, or staples with effortless ease.

Other than that, the dual quick-release clamps provide additional accuracy and faster adjustments. The slide rail protector shields the saw against damage and prevents dust ingress.

Bottom line, Evolution Power Tools R255SMS+ doesn't mess around. This saw is as suitable for workshops as it is for on-site use. You'll be able to cut through any material with laser-precision guidance. All things considered, probably the best metal cutting saw on this list, especially for industrial-scale applications.

Review of Evolution Power Tools R255SMS+ Multi-Material Sliding Mitre Saw

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DEWALT DCS373N

Toughest Job Site Conditions

DeWalt's power tools seldom disappoint and DeWalt DCS373N is no exception to that rule. This thing was designed to deliver on the strength/durability front first and foremost. Its steel shoe can withstand the toughest job site conditions.

At the same time, the model is pretty comfortable and practical too. The ergonomic handle with rubber overmould is firm but soft and grippy at the same time, keeping things safe and comfortable.

On the other hand, the saw's intelligent trigger allows for complete and total control over pretty much all applications. The application range is not that impressive though. Since the maximum available cutting depth is limited to 43 millimetres, you won't be able to tackle certain tasks.

On the bright side, the spindle lock allows for quick and easy blade replacement. The lock-off switch and electronic motor brake are pretty practical too, adding extra control and work safety points.

But the best part is probably the all-new transparent front guard that, paired with built-in LED light and chemically-treated glass window, offers exceptional line of cut visibility. Lastly, the cool-running 140-millimetre tungsten carbide-tipped blade delivers constant burr-free cuts.

In short, DeWalt DCS373N isn't the most versatile electric metal saw on the list but probably the most practical and accessible. The powerful tool will faithfully serve any user for years to come.

Review of DEWALT DCS373N Metal Cutting Saw

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Makita DCS550Z

Cutting Through Anything

Makita DCS550Z is compact and lightweight but robust and powerful at the same time. The model's motor delivers 3600 revolutions per minute, so there aren't too many materials/targets the saw will have issues with. It cuts through unistrut all-thread steel, conduits, pipe, sheet metal, square tubing, and more. The saw's heavy-gauge, precision-machined base offers smooth, accurate cutting.

Another detail that allows the model to cut through different materials is the 136-millimetre tungsten carbide-tipped blade. This thing cuts clean and cold. The model's relatively large 51-millimetre cutting capacity at 90 degrees contributes to its overall performance too.

Setting these major parts aside, it is the little details that separate Makita DCS550Z from its competition. The on-tool hex wrench allows for fast and easy blade replacement. On the other side, the large view window allows for easy cutting along the cutting line, whilst the LED job light provides an easy-to-trace cutting line. The safety goggles that come with the saw are great too.

The company's battery and charger are pretty expensive to replace though, that's the biggest problem we have with the product in general.

All in all, Makita DCS550Z is safe and capable. This hand saw cuts through most targets like a knife through butter.

Review of Makita DCS550Z Cordless Li-ion Metal Cutting Saw

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Metabo CS23355

Keeping Things Safe

We've very few issues with Metabo CS23355. Despite the massive 355-millimetre cutting depth, the supplied tungsten carbide-tipped blade starts to chip away relatively soon. Apart from that, this saw is as capable as they come. You'll be able to quickly and effortlessly tackle steel profiles, pipes, and rods, cast iron, aluminium, and pretty much every other non-ferrous metal in the book.

There are multiple details here that make the model much more efficient than its peers within the same price bracket. The motor and gear incorporate ball bearings to withstand high loads. The spindle lock is there to make disc changes as easy as possible. The quick-release clamps offer variable mitre conversion from -15° up to 45°, so you'll be able to tackle various projects with very different tasks.

On the safety front, the swivelling cutting guard and adjustable spark guide plate keep things about as risk-free as they can be with these saws.

The saw weighs 17 kilograms, meaning it is hardly lightweight, even as far as tabletop chop saws go. At the same time, equipped with a built-in handle and locking device, the model is pretty easy to transport.

To sum it up, Metabo CS23355 doesn't just make sure to deliver on the functionality and performance fronts but also on the safety one. With this metal saw, there's very little chance even the least experienced users will be able to injure themselves.

Review of Metabo CS23355 Metal Cutting Saw

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Ozito 2300W

Affordable Cutting Prowess

Ozito 2300W is the most affordable metal saw on the list. Despite the modest price tag, the model doesn't really come up short compared to its more expensive competition.

Our only gripe is with the saw's weight. Around 17 kilograms is not outrageous for tabletop chop saws but not necessarily optimal too. The soft-grip D-handle improves ergonomics and overall comfort but doesn't really help that much with transportation.

All that being said, the saw is pretty great. The powerful 2300-watt motor is able to deliver 4400 revolutions per minute, allowing the model to cut through various metal workpieces, including but not limited to angle and box sections, pipes, and solid bars.

On the other side, the quick-release vice allows for quick clamping and removal of the workpiece, whilst the 0° to 45° adjustable fence lets you cut the materials under different angles. The usual lock-off safety switch does an excellent job preventing accidental start-ups.

The disc can drift a little when cutting mitres, so we would recommend taking your time with these things.

Cutting to the chase, Ozito 2300W is a budget saw with an entry-level price tag and mid-range performance. As far as cost-effectiveness is concerned, this is the best metal cutting saw on the list.

Review of Ozito 2300W Metal Cut Off Chop Saw

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What Is a Metal Saw?

Metal saws are usually power saws that builders use to cut through different metal materials. Depending on the metal's composition and the task at hand, different saws are able to execute different tasks with varying degrees of success.

Handheld circular saws are usually the best choice for creating straight cuts. However, keep in mind that the right blade for the project is crucial. Generally speaking, circular saws accept abrasive, metal cut-off discs. These discs are excellent for various metalworking projects.

Chop saws are different. These models are designed to withstand the heat, sparks, and flying metal that come from cutting large metal stocks. More often than not, these saws offer much more power but sacrifice manoeuvrability in return.

There are many smaller details that separate these saws. The right safety mechanisms will let you realise various metalworking projects practically risk-free. The right convenience components, on the other hand, like quick-release clamps or rubberised handles, will let you work for hours on end with very little fatigue.

These saws are usually able to handle various metals. At the same time, regular circular saws and reciprocating saws are still better for woodworking projects.

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Publish Date: 2019-09-10 13:58:20