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How to Cut Metal With A Circular Saw

The EVOSaw 230 circular saw is a big, heavy saw with a lot of truly helpful features.

Right away, Kevin noticed the adjustable straight edge built right into the saw. You can set it to your liking or flip it over and keep it out of the way in its holder.

It has a built-in wrench for changing the cutting blade. There's a handy knob to lock the blade in place when you are changing that cutting blade.

The saw also has a depth-of-cut adjustment, and you can tilt the blade to cut at up to a 45 degree angle.

The saw also has a chip tray built into it.

And maybe the coolest part of all is the saw's laser guide, which is battery operated and shoots a red laser light out of the front of the handle to give you something to follow. (Too bad it doesn't burn through the metal itself!)

Great, but let's cut something!

Kevin has put on his safety glasses and gloves and adjusted the depth of the blade so it will just cut through a test piece of 20 gauge stainless steel. That's just what the saw does in a scant 21 seconds.

He shows why you should clamp down what you are cutting - the metal started to turn on him as he cut, resulting in a crooked cut. "Operator error," Kevin admits. Stainless? Not a problem!

Kevin readjusts the blade depth to a little more than a half-inch and takes on a half-inch piece of steel. The saw slices it in seconds. The cut is straight, smooth and clean. No saw marks, no gouge marks. It wants to hop a little, so you do need to keep a firm hand on it.

For anyone who doesn't have a plasma cutter or other fancy metal cutting tools, what a great option!

It costs about $275 online, and is also available at Home Depot, Lowe's and other retailers.

"Nice saw!" Kevin says.

He is going back to work - or so he says! Stick around for another moment to see him, uh, working .....

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