Husqvarna 967181002 K760 II 14-inch Gas Cut-Off Saw Review
As you can guess, cut-off saws are the go-to power tool for slicing and cutting hard materials, most specifically metal. Unlike traditional miter saws, the blade in cut-off saws has thin abrasive discs that look like and work similarly to grinding wheels. A toothless blade makes this cutting wheel spin consistently without risk of getting teeth stuck into materials. This is exactly what makes this the ideal tool for working on rough materials like rebar, steel pipes, and concrete.
Husqvarna is a world-renowned outdoor power tool manufacturing company. This Sweden-based company has been in close competition with the German company, Stihl, but it’s clear to see that Husqvarna’s line of power tools, including their powerful cut-off saws, offer more bang for your buck. The Husqvarna 967181002 II Cut-Off Saw is just a small example of the company’s attention to detail, quality, and price. Let’s take a look at what this Husqvarna-made saw – a major improvement of the classic K760 model – has to offer.
Gas-Efficient and High-Tech Engine
A company doesn’t stay in business for more than three decades without implementing innovations to stay ahead of the curve. The company-produced X-Torq technology used in this cut-off saw’s motor reportedly saves up to 20% gas consumption and reduces emissions by up to 75%. The fuel tank can hold up to 30 fl. oz. of gasoline. The large tank combined with gas-saving technology allows users to run this cut-off saw for extended periods of time before refueling. Even though the tool uses a gas-powered engine, even the most environmentally-aware construction workers need to praise Husqvarna’s green technology.
In addition, the anti-vibration system used in this model reduces vibrations to only 2.5 m/s2, much less compared to the original K760 and competing brands. Another neat feature in this model is the digitized ignition system which reduces engine sputters and offers quicker starts. Although some customers complained about having to fiddle around with the digital ignition after receiving the unit, as soon as it powers up, there’s no stopping it.
12- to 14-Inch Blade
This K760 II model uses 14-inch toothless blades (sold separately) which have no risk of getting stuck on materials, resulting in shocks or kickbacks. This tool can cut up to 5-inches deep in any surface, provided you install the proper blade for each task. This tool also supports blades of 12-inches in diameter, making it a flexible tool to work with, though the reduced blade size results in shallower cuts (4-inches deep).
The first thing to take notice of is that this is a bare-tool kit only, so you’ll need to purchase and install blades on the unit before starting up. Luckily, blades are easy to find online, and even some major hardware retail stores carry Husqvarna-made blades. Take note that this unit uses 14-inch blades, though 16-inch models of the K760 II are also available. The problem with heavy-duty motors is they tend to be noisy.
Saws built to cut through concrete slabs and metal pipes need tremendous amounts of power. The K760 II comes with a 5 HP 2-stroke engine that delivers up to 9,000 RPM. With this much speed, there’s not a single type of material that can stand in its way. Customers who work exclusively with wood, metal, and sometimes concrete all praise this cut-off saw for how clean and efficiently it passes through their workpieces. Thankfully, Husqvarna installed larger mufflers on this model, reducing noise levels by up to 25%.
Reduced Water Usage
Again, we see that this Swedish-based manufacturing company has emphasized environmental friendliness features in the upgraded version of their top-selling K760 model. This cut-off saw features a progressive water valve which can be adjusted depending on the volume of water. This allows for less water consumption but more effective spraying on concrete and metal materials, resulting in less slurry and more precise cuts.
Husqvarna 967181002 K760: Bottom Line
The Husqvarna K760 II Cut-Off Saw is the perfect tool for a number of different construction tasks. If you’re in need of a powerful, reliable saw to cut concrete and metal pipes, you can’t go wrong with the cut-off saw. The original K760 was a great tool for heavy-duty cutting jobs, but the new and improved K760 II comes with even more features that work amazingly well.
Although the tool runs off gas, the updated motor reduces emissions by up to 75% compared against competing cut-off saw models. In addition, the new wet cutting system makes cutting into hard surfaces much easier to do with reduced slurry buildup.