May 6, 2008

Evolution Rage

evolution_rage.jpgIf you've always wanted a circular saw that could not only cut through wood, but your neighbor's car as well, the Evolution Rage might be perfect for you.

At first glance, the saw looks like normal circular saw (although slightly more influenced by Tron). It shares a lot of the same basic characteristics with it's brethren; 7-1/4" blade, 45 degree bevel, and a dust port, but unlike other circular saws, this one can apparently cut through wood, steel, aluminum, and plastics. Essentially, it can do the duty of a reciprocating saw, but it can do it with a nice straight line. Also, Evolution claims that when the Rage cuts metal, it makes no sparks, leaves no burrs, and somehow does not heat up the metal as it cuts. There is no coolant used in the tool, so our guess is that this has something to do with the blade design as well as the steroid-addled gearbox and motor.

With the increased mayhem that this saw can create, there also looks to be an added emphasis on safety. The blade guard flips up into an internal pocket in the saw and thus has no manual control, so you won't be able to start any cuts that you really shouldn't be making in the first place.

The Rage is on the heavy side at 14.3 lbs (the big Bosch circular saw is 10.4 lbs), so using it as a day-to-day saw will probably get tiring pretty quickly. But it really doesn't look like it's meant for that kind of activity. Rather, it's the kind of thing that stays in reserve until things get ugly and you need to break out the real power and impress your friends.

The Evolution Rage costs around $150 which sounds about right for a heavy-duty high end saw with this kind of capability.

Check out the video to see the Rage in action. Make sure to stick around until the ending when the girl takes the hardhat off and flips her hair. We're not sure what the message is (you mean girls can use it too!?!?), but it's very unintentionally funny.


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Posted by Doug Mahoney at May 6, 2008 5:17 AM
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