One of the most helpful power tools is the bandsaw. Metal bandsaw blades are employed on band saws for cutting mixed metal applications, carbon steel, tool steel, structural steel, stainless steel, pipes and tubes, and die steel.
It can be either vertical or horizontal. The kind of bandsaw depends on the axis the material is cut and the direction the blade rotates.
Both varieties of band saws are beneficial for jobs requiring metal cutting and can make straight and asymmetrical cuts in all types of metal.
You may need to use metal bandsaw blades in the following situations.
You want faster and more accurate cuts.
Metal bandsaw blades offer substantially faster-cutting speeds than other saw varieties. Also, it’s easier to follow a line because your effort is more obvious. On the other hand, a jig saw or scroll saw’s blade may begin to wander when cutting heavier material, preventing 90° curve cuts.But a band saw blade enables you to make cleaner cuts through thicker material. Generally, a curve cut made using a band saw will be straighter.
You want to reduce waste.
The bandsaw blade is smaller than other saws (such as the chainsaw and table saw). That means the cut’s thickness or “kerf” is less. As a result, there is less sawdust produced, which reduces waste. You can resaw lumber using a bandsaw which is the procedure for slicing a board into smaller pieces. Resawing timber allows you to make several thin boards from a single, thicker piece of wood. In all, this enables you to cut costs and waste.
You want precise cutting.
The metal band saw is the best tool if you desire accurate cutting. You can control the saw completely thanks to the narrow blades. Blade tracking and dual-bearing blades are two additional characteristics that provide precise and clean cuts for the best finish.
You want flexibility
Metal band saws are versatile tools; you may cut metal, flesh, and even logs with different bandsaw blades. Additionally, you can get larger blades for tough cuts and thinner blades for fine, precise cuts.
You want to prioritize safety.
Metal bandsaws are user-friendly and low-impact. As you work, the bandsaw blade’s downward cutting action helps to maintain the workpiece firmly on the table. The bandsaw is intrinsically safer for most cuts than the table saw.
Follow these steps to make sure you’re safe.
- Always wear safety glasses.
- Make the blade assembly only 3/16″ (5mm) or less above the work item.
- Avoid using a bandsaw to cut round stock. The stock should lie flat on the table; therefore, you should fasten it to a sled if you must cut round stock.
- Use a push stick to remove the pieces. Do that when your hands are close to the saw blade or between the fence and the blade.
- Avoid placing your hands, so they are parallel to the blade when cutting.
Bandsaws can cut various materials, including wood, metal, tile, and plastic, providing one of the simplest and quickest methods for cutting metal.