Most of the metal cuts you might make with a mitre saw are much more
practical with a horizontal/vertical metal cutting bandsaw. I use a cheap
($200 when I bought it) model to cut strips off aluminum plate up to 1"
thick, and to cut aluminum bars up to 4" thick. You can cut iron, too -- it
just takes longer. The advantages of the bandsaw are:
- The blade is cheaper than those abrasive things, and doesn't wear out
nearly as fast;
- Because the blade is thin, it removes much less material. It takes a lot
less power, makes a lot less dust, and generates a lot less heat.
- You can use the horizontal configuration for cutting thick bars. It takes
some time to cut a bar 4" thick. You just set it and walk away. It'll turn
off when the cut is done.
- It's relatively quiet. Cutting metal with a circular saw is REALLY LOUD,
but I can use the bandsaw in the ba *** t when my 2-year old is napping, and
it won't wake him up.
This is mine:
In the US, you can get something similar at Harbour Freight.