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Does a "Cut-Off" Saw or "Chop" Saw Exist for Wood?

Post in 'The Gear' started by DanCorcoran, Apr 4, 2011.

  1. DanCorcoran

    DanCorcoran Minister of Fire

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    I have a lot smaller wood (2"-4" diameter) that I'd like to cut to 18" lengths for smaller fires and to fill in between larger splits. I don't have any way to hold it to use my chain saw and don't like risking the chain going into the dirt. I'd like to buy a cheap miter saw or chop saw that I could use standing up, to cut this wood to uniform lengths.

    Has anyone solved this problem? I tried to find a wood blade for a chop saw, but didn't find anything.

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  2. smokinj

    smokinj Minister of Fire

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    Chop saw with a cross cut blade works fine.
  3. Thistle

    Thistle Minister of Fire

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    Band saw works great. Much less risk of kickback or grabbing than circular blade on miter saw or skilsaw. Mine gets used for everything from crosscutting small blocks or rounds to short lengths for the smoker to resawing boards,timbers,blocks & beams up to 12 1/2" thick. Plus the table on most is 3ft or more from the floor,less bending over means easier on the back.
  4. DanCorcoran

    DanCorcoran Minister of Fire

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    Yes, but my band saw is in Richmond and my woodstove is at my cabin 3 hours away. That's why I'm trying to find a cheap alternative, but thanks for the suggestion.
  5. DanCorcoran

    DanCorcoran Minister of Fire

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    What size chop saw do you use? The one I saw had a 14" blade and I didn't see any cross cut blades that size.
  6. Thistle

    Thistle Minister of Fire

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    Get a 12" one then.Just make sure it has a 1" arbor hole that matches the shaft of 12" miter saws & 14" metal cutting chop saws.

    Many call Miter Saws for wood Chop Saws also,when originally that term was for the metal cutting one that uses abrasive blades.
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  8. smokinj

    smokinj Minister of Fire

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    Thats what should be on it......
  9. bogydave

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    I believe all chop saw blades are cross cut. They are not a saw used for ripping. There are some fine blades for special materials
    but most are work horse construction saws, cross cutting ( some mitering) 2 X4s to 2 X12s. & sometimes 4X6 - 8 headers.
  10. TreePointer

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    Not my photos and I'm still trying to find the original discussion to give the guy credit, but here's a solution for using a chainsaw for making shorter logs for the stove. Maybe you can modify this for your needs:

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    smokinj Minister of Fire

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    That will get it done in a hurry!
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    I use this.
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  15. Danno77

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    based mine (loosely) off of Zaps design. I'm sure he'll be by to post a pic of his.

    I had some scraps lying around and just threw them together (without measuring, and it shows)

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  16. golfandwoodnut

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    Here is the way to go, I have been asked about this several times. Make an H style sawbuck and you will not believe how many branches you can do in short order. If you space the Hs so your ideal split length is in the middle you are set.

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  17. TreePointer

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    Looks like a good one, GolfandWoodNut.
  18. blel

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    Do you have a hydraulic or electric splitter? If so, put the log in perpendicular to the wedge, bring the wedge up to hold the log and chop away. Works great.
  19. DanCorcoran

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    Fiskars...
  20. blel

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    Sorry, doesn't work too well with a Fiskars. It's tough to balance the log on the edge of the axe while cutting with a chainsaw.
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    I use my DeWalt 12" miter saw for cutting down my wood for grilling/smoking. It handles up to 4" pretty good. I just have the blade on it that came with it.
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    I use my hand saw for small wood like that :)
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    Since my stove accepts small splits (.75 cu ft firebox), it's no problem to do much of the buzzing with a cheapie HF portable tablesaw, clamped down to a folding workbench. Very quick, and very little wood ends up as chips/dust.
  24. DanCorcoran

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    Just saw a 10" Skil miter saw at Lowe's. Reduced from $109 to $89. I think that'll work for me...10" blades aren't too expensive. I haven't seen a 12" or 14" chop saw for that price, plus the large blades are much more expensive. If anyone has seen a better deal, please let me know before I go with the Skil.
  25. Danno77

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    generic brand 10" miter was like 28 bucks at my Farm and Home last father's day. If that's what you are gonna use, at least get a couple and have some help, cause that seems like the slow way to do it.

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