Evolution RAGE3B2102 210mm Compound Mitre Saw Review

August 10, 2013 at 5:43 pm
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Evolution RAGE3B2102 210mm Compound Mitre Saw

Evolution is a brand that you’ll see  most commonly in B&Q or Screwfix and which is associated with mid-level tools. On the whole they’re not quite an everyday tradesman’s tool, but they’re quality enough to suit the serious DIYer, or for occasional trade use. This compound mitre saw is no exception to that, but it’s impressed us overall thanks to its ability to cut through wood and metal, including wood riddled with nails. We didn’t quite believe the claims before we got one, but it does make short work of materials that would break other saws and blades.

Purpose

This is a general purpose compound mitre saw, designed to cut a variety of different materials at almost any angle.

Features

  • Rage multi-purpose blade, suitable for cutting aluminium, steel, wood and nail-embedded wood
  • Will cut up to 120mm x 50mm
  • Aluminium base, can be secured to a bench or workmate
  • Work clamp
  • 1100w
  • Dust extraction facility
  • 8.4kg
  • 4000rpm (with no load)

Pros

As we’ve already alluded to, this is a great tool for occasional use and at just £99, it’s great value too. It’s the kind of thing that we keep in the back of the van simply for those unexpected jobs where it earns its money every time. For the serious DIYer it’s very good value too, and incredibly versatile in comparison to some significantly more expensive brands.

The facility to cut a variety of different materials, including steel, means that we use it for light metalwork. When putting a perfect 45 onto a piece of box section, it really can make a difference to the look of the end result. The suitability of the blade to cut all materials gives piece of mind when cutting old wood – you know that a rogue nail isn’t going to break the saw or the blade. Considering the blade isn’t lubricated, it cuts very quickly and can be changed very quickly and easily if it needs to be replaced.

There is an inbuilt laser line to guide your cutting, which is very helpful.

Cons

The blade is, overall, excellent and a standout feature of the saw for us. Having ruined a perfectly good saw (it’s a long story, but a cherished Makita gearbox ate the dust after finding a buried 6 inch nail in a supposedly new bit of a timber!) on embedded nails, the peace of mind offered by a multi-purpose blade is great, but the downside is that the blade won’t last long if you are cutting a lot of metal with it.

It’s not a precision tool. If you’re a joiner working with it, you’ll be disappointed. But for everyone else, it’s perfectly adequate – the cuts are tidy and consistent, just not at the same sort of tolerances that a joiner would need. But for £99, you can live with that in our opinion.

The laser line is really useful, but if you do cut a lot of metal with it, the flecks will eventually degrade the plastic cover until it becomes useless. They’ll do the same to your eyes if you’re not wearing goggles too…

Summary

For just £99, it’s difficult to criticise much about this saw. After all, its clever blade chews through materials that would cause a problem for much more expensive machines. It’s true to say that it’s not a precision tool, but for all round reasonable use, it’s certainly accurate enough. It might not be the first pick tool for a tradesman, but it’s a robust enough back up to keep in the van and would easily get you to the end of a job if the main tool ever failed. For the serious DIYer, it’s a good buy as it gives you not only a good compound mitre saw for virtually all wood applications, but a precise metal cutting option for no extra – saving a significant amount on two different tools.

Good in its own right, and at the money, excellent.