- 1 Evolution Rage 3+
- 2 Pros
- 3 Cons
- 4 Overview
- 5 The Evolution Rage3 Multi Purpose Sliding Mitre Saw Features
- 6 What The Customers Say
- 7 Conclusion
Evolution Rage 3+
When you buy a mitre saw it is important to strike a balance between the jobs you need it to do immediately, those that you may need it for in the future, and value for money.
The Evolution Rage 3+ sliding mitre saw sits at number one in our top ten as it makes the choice easy when trying to balance up these factors. It is brilliant value for money, it is easy to use out of the box for steel, wood, aluminium and plastic and it also has a large cutting capacity making it useful for working on larger materials you may come up against in the future.
Evolution have done a fantastic job designing the Rage3 plus. It is a very versatile saw that is easy to quickly switch on for a quick job, like cutting a length of metal tube and chopping the odd piece of finishing wood, as well as having the power and cutting capacity to cut a lot of large fencing posts. The sliding mechanism allows a really wide cut which is ideal for flooring and deeper window sills and the cutting depth will tackle some pretty big timbers.
The multi purpose blade will cut through metal, wood and plastic with no problems. You don’t have to buy a set of blades, you can plug the Rage3 in and start cutting 99% of materials in seconds without a lot of setting up. Perfect for the hobby woodworker and the DIY enthusiast that need a quick and accurate solution to many small jobs.
When you look at the Evolution Rage3 compared to some of the cheaper options like the Evolution Fury, you are getting so much more for not a great deal more money. The build quality is very robust, the motor has extra power for longevity and the cutting capacity is far superior. If you buy the cheapest models you run the risk of having to buy another mitre saw for a bigger job, by investing in the Rage3 you only need to buy once.
All of these fantastic value features and reviews are backed up with many very positive customer reviews and a 3 year warranty making it an Amazon top selling mitre saw.
As you read through the Evolution Rage3 Multipurpose Sliding mitre saw review, we will go into more detail about all of these features and pick out some of the main themes in the customer reviews.
The Evolution Rage3 offers so many benefits, below we list the main one for you to have glance at.
- 3 year warranty
- Large cutting capacity
- Multi purpose blade for metal, wood and plastic
- Brilliant value for money
- Fantastic customer reviews
The downsides are a little tough on this model, we have found a couple of very minor ones but the benefits far outweigh these.
- Laser guide could be brighter
- Dust bag could be more effective
The Evolution Rage3 Multi Purpose Sliding Mitre Saw Features
The Rage3 mitre saw has some seriously impressive features at a price that is usually associated with the lower end of the market. Below we are going to run through them in a bit more detail.
2000 Watt Motor
The powerful motor on the Evolution Rage3 is man enough for some serious hard work. It will allow you to cut some of the toughest materials with no issue and should last a very long time. Some models with less powerful motors are in danger of burning out under too much pressure but this motor has plenty of power in reserve. Evolution also sell spare brushes if they need replacing. A motor that is built to last!
Large Cutting Capacity
The Evolution Rage3 offers an impressive cutting capacity not only for the price but in general across all makes and models. The maximum cut size without a mitre or bevel angle is 75mm by 300mm (3 inches by 11.75 inches), perfect for straight cuts on large timbers. As the angles of the cut get steeper, the cut size decreases slightly to a minimum of 210mm (8.25 inches) with the maximum mitre angle and 40mm (1.5 inches) at the 45 degree bevel angle.
28 Tooth Multi Purpose Blade
This super versatile blade is a brilliant choice for fast and and accurate working, giving you a high quality cut through metals, woods and plastics every time. A lot of mitre saws require different blades for different jobs which is time consuming if you need to keep swapping. Evolution do offer other more specialist blades if you need them, but most of us will be fine with this one blade. If you suddenly face a job that requires a piece of material cutting quickly the Evolution Rage3 can have it dealt with in seconds.
Mitre And Bevel Angles
The mitre and bevel angles allow you to cut a number of different very tight cuts to fit perfectly into any room or join. It will leave you with a fantastic finish that you can be proud of. If you are working at home on finishing carpentry the Evolution Rage 3 will assist in making your cuts look like a professional finish.
The mitre angles go from -45 degrees right through to 45 degrees with positive mitre stops for quickly setting up the most common angles. The bevel angles go from 0 degrees through to 45 degrees. The combination of these two angle settings mean you can get some very accurate and tight cuts.
The laser guides assists in getting very accurate cuts and makes sure you don’t go off course. This especially helps with the wider pieces of material you will be working with, giving you the best finish.
One of the great things about this model is its cutting capacity, but large timbers can be hard to manage especially if you are on your own. The manual extensions are very handy for holding longer materials in place when cutting, they pull out of both sides of the saw and combined with the clamps will make it very easy to securely hold the material for an accurate cut.
The sliding mechanism gives the Rage3 another dimension over some of the cheaper compound mitre saws. It allows you to cut much wider pieces of timber. After you have pulled down the saw for the first part of the cut you can slide the blade through the wider piece of wood. For bigger construction jobs like stud walling, deep window sills and garden furniture builds this is a very good feature.
Variable Cutting Depth
The cutting depth can be altered and locked into place for cutting grooves or trenches in material. Very useful for certain types of finishing or complicated joins.
What The Customers Say
Now let’s have a look at what the customers have had to say about this Evolution Rage3+ sliding mitre saw. Is has many brilliant reviews on sites like Amazon. We have gone through a few and picked out some of the common themes of the reviews which we have listed below. This Amazon best seller certainly has a lot of very happy customers.
Easy To Use Out Of The Box
There have been a lot of comments about how easy the Evolution Rage3 has been to get working out of the box. Many of the owners of this saw are hobby or DIY users which means they need tools that do the job well and are not too complicated. This one seems to be ideal to set up, plug in and start cutting.
Laser Guide Is Very Accurate
The accuracy of the laser guide has been noted by many and has allowed them to get a a nice well fitting finish. Some have mentioned that the laser could actually be a little stronger though as the light is not as bright as it could be. If you are cutting large bits of wood the laser will make it easier to get a more consistent cut.
Great Hobby Saw
A lot of happy customers are working on home projects and can’t fault the Evolution Rage 3 Plus for projects around the home and the garden. For the non-professional user, the combination of value for money and great features has been a winning formula. It deals with most sizes of material for home and garden projects with no issues.
Cuts Plastics And Metal Well
This all rounder is very effective at cutting metal and plastic as well as wood. Some have even noted cutting aluminium with no problems at all. For users that get the saw out from time to time it is very handy as it can be used for so many different jobs.
Many have been very pleased about the speed of the delivery. When most of us decide to buy a mitre saw it is because we need it for a particular job. In this case it needs to be delivered quickly so that the job can be done. As well as a lot of comments about fast delivery, the few that have had a few problems have been pleased with the replacement service.
Saw And Stand Combination Is Good
Many people have bought the Evolution Rage 3 with the Evolution stand that is purpose built for this saw. The stand allows you to work a lot more easily with larger bits of wood and it has been noted that this is a great combination that really adds to the saw. Managing longer pieces of timber can be difficult for one person but the stand allows you to hold it in place securely for a very accurate cut.
There is a handy dust bag included to help keep the work area clean and tidy as you go. This has a number of advantages, it makes it easier to see what you are doing around the workplace and also makes the work areas healthier as you are not breathing in as much dust.
To sum it up we have to say the Evolution Rage3+ easily deserves the number one spot in our top ten mitre saws. The feature set is brilliant and really future proofs this saw, making it great for small and big jobs. At this price point most models are purely for DIY but this model is more than enough for some tradesmen that are looking for a good value model. Many of the big brands really struggle when they come up against the Rage3 as it has it all for very little investment. There are some models on the market that offer more in the way of cutting capacity and power but they are very expensive professional mitre saws.
The reputation of Evolution power tools in general and this model is brilliant, the customer reviews are great and Evolution back up the quality with an impressive three year warranty meaning you can be sure this is going to last a long time and assist with many jobs. It’s all very well reading sales pitches, but the customer reviews really tell you what the product is like.
If you are thinking of renovating a house or taking up woodwork as a hobby and are not sure which mitre saw to choose then seriously consider this model. It covers most cuts that you will need and will last a long time, don’t get into the situation where you need to buy another mitre saw for a bigger job.
A brilliant sliding mitre saw that we highly recommend.