METAL CUTTING SAWS
We stock all four varieties of metal cutting saws including bandsaws, coldsaws, friction saws and T.C.T saws. All forms of cutting saws are specifically suited for cutting metal and each holds their own benefits and features. When choosing the ideal cutting saw for your application, consider the cut quality you need as well as your volume requirements.
For a large volume of welding or if weld prep and accuracy is not an issue, a Bandsaw is a great option. Bandsaws have the ability to cut a wide variety of materials. Although the cut quality is often good, bandsaws do tend to leave burr on the edges of the cut. Bandsaws also have disposable blades making it easy to replace old blades with new ones.
If extreme accuracy is critical for your cutting job, a Coldsaw is a common and popular choice. Although the capacity for a coldsaw is smaller than a bandsaw, the accuracy and high-quality cut makes a coldsaw ideal for welding shops. Coldsaws also have reusable blades and can be sharpened when they become blunt.
Friction saws are specially designed for cutting steel very fast. They are also suitable for cutting hardened steels and materials that other saws will not cut.
T.C.T saws can save you time and money by providing a cut that requires little to no finishing as well as eliminating the need for grinding or cool down. No coolant is required for TCT saws and it produces virtually no sparks. T.C.T saws are available in cold cut and compound mitre saw varieties.
A range of features are available across all metal cutting saw types from emergency stop safety switches and foot controlled vices to recirculating mechanical coolant systems and trigger switches for quick cuts. Consider your budget and cutting applications when determining the features you need in a cutting saw.
HOW TO USE METAL CUTTING SAWS CORRECTLY AND SAFELY
Always take extreme caution when operating any type of metal cutting saw, as the blade is extremely sharp and the machinery can be very heavy. Before setting up your saw, ensure you are wearing safety glasses to protect your eyes as well as ear muffs or ear buds to protect your ears from the high noise levels.
If you will be cutting through metal, it is best to choose a blade that has several teeth along the outer rim. It is also important to make sure the blade you are using is in good condition. If any signs of damage can be seen on the saw, it should be replaced.
We recommend using metal working fluid with your coldsaws and bandsaws. This fluid acts as an effective coolant system to provide an excellent surface finish while cutting. This lubrication will also extend the life of your blade by inhibiting corrosion.
You should protect yourself from any moving parts by setting safety guards on the machine. Once you are ready to place the item that needs to be cut under your coldsaw, bandsaw or T.C.T saw, make sure you firmly clamp it in the machine vice. The piece you are working on should not yet be against the blade before running the machine.
Once everything is set up correctly and the material to be cut is securely in place, it is time to start cutting. As you are cutting the material, never force the blade to cut as it may cause the blade to break. If set up correctly, the blade should cut the material easily without any force.
For more specific information on how to operate a particular metal cutting saw model, please refer to the product manual.