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Concrete Cut-Off Saws: What’s the Difference?

Cut-off saws are a powerful tool for contractors to cut concrete, asphalt, pipe, and more. How do you choose between gas-powered, corded electric, and battery-powered saws that best fit your project? Each saw has advantages and disadvantages. Choosing the right type of saw depends on the level of power and mobility required, and ease of operation. 


Gas-Powered Cut-Off Saw

Gas-powered cut-off saws are the most powerful style of concrete saws and are designed for the toughest jobs. They are available in various sizes from 12" to 18" to cut material like concrete, asphalt, and steel. Although gas-powered saws are heavier, they offer great mobility and wield more power. Gas-powered saws require less initial investment to buy. They require constant refueling with gas and oil mix and usually have a higher repair cost than electric and battery-powered saws.

Husqvarna Cut-Off Saw Husqvarna K970

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Gas Cut-Off Saw Pros
✅ More power and faster-cutting speed
than electric or battery-powered saws
✅ Longer run times
✅Wide variety of  saw models


Gas Cut-Off Saw Cons
❌ Louder and expend exhaust fumes while running

❌ Requires constant gas/oil refueling

❌ Heavier and less mobility


Corded Electric Cut-Off Saws

Electric cut-off saws are easy to start, lightweight power cutters perfect for cutting concrete, asphalt, and stone. Electric concrete saws offer a lower upfront cost and don't need to be consistently refueled. They do often require an extension cord to increase mobility due to its cord.  These saws are ideal for general purpose jobs, specifically indoor applications because the operator can work with zero emissions.

Husqvarna Electric Cut-Off saw K4000 Wet

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Corded Electric Cut-Off Saw Pros
✅ Great tool for concrete or masonry

Lightweight and easy to transport

✅ Easy to start

Requires very little maintenance


Corded Electric Cut-Off Saw Cons
❌ Needs an accessible power source

❌ Corded saws have limited mobility

❌ Not for heavy industrial use

❌ Louder than battery saws


Battery Powered Cut-Off Saws

Battery-powered cut-off saws are the lightest and provide the most mobility of the concrete saws. Being powered by lithium-ion rechargeable batteries, these saws are low-maintenance tools but will need to be recharged between projects. Battery-powered saws are very easy to start, making them a go-to saw for any contractor with the right application. These saws are ideal for cutting indoor and residential areas due to zero emissions and quieter noise. 

Stihl Battery Powered Cut-Off Saw Stihl TSA 230

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Battery-Powered Cut-Off Saw Pros
Lightweight and easy to transport

✅ Easy to start

Requires very little maintenance


Battery-Powered Cut-Off Saw Cons
❌ The least powerful style of cut-off saw

❌ Battery-Powered saws only last about an hour

❌ Shallower cutting depth than other cut-off saws 


Cut-Off Saw Overview

  Gas Powered 
Cut-Off Saw
Corded Electric 
Cut-Off Saw
Cut-Off Saw
Horsepower 5.0-6.7 hp 2.4 & 5 hp N/A
Weight ~20-28 lbs ~16-18 lbs ~12-12 lbs
Price Range $899-$1600 $927 & $1785 Bare Tool Only: $400-$544