Don, what does the web site mean by "thin stock"? Could you cut 1/4" AL for instance? Also wondering approx. how many feet of 1/4" cut one could get from the blade b/f it dulls? Thanks...
The chop saw with 10" carbide non-ferrous blade easily cut through 3" solid rounds. The Freud 10" carbide non-ferrous blade lasts a long time before needing re-sharpening. I use a solid wax stick for lubrication. The real problem is holding the aluminum and I rigged my own vise. Even so cutting aluminum with the chopsaw is loud and pretty scary.
Nowdays I use a 7 x 12 bandsaw with Lennox 4-6 tpi bimetal blade using flood coolant for cutting up to 7" aluminum rounds held in the built-in vise. (note the Labjack )I also cut 1/2" aluminum plate freehand in the vertical mode and saw table mounted. In the vertical mode when freehand bandsawing I use a Vortec Model 610 cold air gun for cooling. http://www.vortec.co...d-air-guns.aspx
1/2" aluminum plate cuts just like wood in the vertical mode and has no kickback as it would with a table saw. I value my limbs and life too much to cut aluminum plate on a table saw when the bandsaw with 4-6 tpi blade cuts safely and quick. YMMV