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I use a lot of cable tray with what i do (building posh trailers), at the moment i tend to use the workshop Band-Saw.

However this is bit of a pain, as you have to do it really slowly, as the ends of the tray wobble once cut through, and if not careful it will chip the teeth of the bandsaw. And then i am in trouble, as they are quite expensive. Plus can only fit up to 6" tray in the band-saw vice.

I hate using a slitting disk, as its never a nice cut. And a hacksaw is too much effort.....

Have been looking at a Metal saw like this Milwaukee (which i use for everything else): Milwaukee M18FMCS-0 18v 150mm M18 Fuel Metal Saw Bare Unit - https://www.ffx.co.uk/tools/product/Milwaukee-M18Fmcs-0-4002395289264-18V-150Mm-M18-Fuel-Metal-Saw-Bare-Unit

It seems US electricians love these for cutting steel conduit etc, And seen a load of youtube vids of cutting all sorts of steel, which it goes through like butter. But can't find any of going though flexible stuff like cable tray?

Will it have the same issue of the tray flexing once halfway, and the saw jumping?


Anyone use one?
 
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Have evolution 110v and Makita BCS 18v, Makita goes through tray very nicely
 
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4" Cutting disc on a Makita grinder man, personally.
 
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I use an Evolution rage mitre saw, plus a block of wood to clamp it properly without it bouncing around.
Or if that's not available a grinder, jigsaw, circular saw, whatever comes to hand, as long as you know how to use the tool and support/clamp the work as required you will get a good cut.

It sounds like your problems with the bandsaw come from inadequate clamping of the tray.
 
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Used an 18v Dewalt metal cutting circular saw for many years when working on comms sites for cutting tray, cable ladder, unistrut and even the antenna brackets. The skill is keeping enough pressure on the cut to maintain a steady cutting speed without slowing the blade down otherwise the batteries die quite quickly
 
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Not for me, cordless circular saw is far easier and no dust to breathe in from cutting
I get where you're coming from - it's just I often have to go wrapping tray around bits of buildings definitely not in straight lines so custom bends, sets etc. where it's nipping out bits of the rims.
 
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hacksaw for me. keep the old skills alive. anybody can butcher metal with power tools. takes a skilled person to cut metal straight.
 
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