|Forum topic by Henry3||posted 10-25-2010 06:13 PM||2422 views||0 times favorited||2 replies|
10-25-2010 06:13 PM
I have been looking for a new miter saw to replace my old Ryobi for quite some time. If money was no object, I think the new Makita (or is it Bosch?) that completely does away with the sliding tubes would be my first choice, especially given my limited space…but, then, money is unfortunately a serious consideration for me and many of us.
Yesterday, I ran across a relatively affordable 10” compound slider on the internet (under $300) called the Evolution Rage3. I had never heard of the company, but the listing had a link to the manufacturer, so I checked it out. What I discovered was what appeared to be an amazing line of miter and circular saws that not only cut wood, but also cut steel and ferrous metals, aluminum, plastics, and wood with nails…with the same blade! They even had a video of a contractor using it on a jobsite, with several different workers coming over and cutting lumber with nails, a thick steel pipe, a brick…and even a piece of bathroom tile…without changing the blade!
While I was typing this post, a guy from the company called me (I had sent a request for more information ten minutes earlier). He said the company is very well-known in Europe and has been in the US for 8 years. He said they were the “Dewalt” of of the construction industry in Europe. I told him that one of my main concerns was that many “multi-purpose tools” do not do any one job really well, and that although it would be nice to be able to cut things other than wood when the occasion arose, that my main use would be for woodworking. He said that although the combination blade could “do it all” (it’s the blade that comes with the saw), that they recommended their dedicated wood, steel and diamond blades if the saw was going to be used almost exclusively for one type of cutting. Like Festool until recently, you have to use their blades.
My other questions to him were regarding accuracy and durability, which is the reason for my post. Naturally, the company rep said I would not be disappointed with the accuracy or durability of the saw. Every company is going to say good things about their product. I’m much more interested in what people here think! If anyone has any experience with this product, your comments would be very much appreciated!
-- Henry3, TN/GA/FL