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Tips For Using Your New Cold Saw Blade
So you’ve just bought your first batch of cold saw blades but aren’t quite sure about how to use them. After all, they definitely have some differences to the standard metal blades. Not to worry though, SawBlade is here to provide some tips for using your new cold saw blade. We’ll give some guidance on the blade setup and maintenance, what materials are suitable to cut and the most efficient cutting process.
1. Blade Setup
When it comes to setting up the blade and material, you should always ensure the blade is correctly secured to the main wheel and the bolts and bearings in the right rotation to avoid backlash. As for the material, clamping it in the vice is a definite requirement as moving pieces can cause the blade to break. Proper setup can also help you avoid safety hazards that may occur.
2. What Can You Cut?
If you’ve bought the cold saw blade, then you probably already know what your going to use it for. However, you should always make sure you’ve got the right blade for the right job. Think about whether your blade is made out of high-speed steel(HSS) or tungsten-carbide tips(TCT). HSS blades are designed for cutting stainless steel. On the other hand, TCT blades can cut both ferrous and non-ferrous metals, depending on the specifications.
3. Getting the Most Out of Your Blade
When it comes to using a cold saw, the best technique is to apply just the right amount of pressure to the material. Too much force can cause the blade to vibrate, resulting in it wearing down or breaking prematurely. Using an automatic or semi-automatic machine can assist with maintaining the right pressure. Another way to relieve pressure is to cut through the thinner part of the material first.
4. Maintaining Your Cold Saw Blade
Like all metal blades, cold saw blades will inevitably become unusable after a while. Proper maintenance, however, can prolong its lifespan greatly. Make sure to properly clean the blade after use, wiping it down with a cleaning spray to get rid of the chips that might still be stuck on the sides. After that, apply lubricant to prevent rusting as well as helping to ensure an easier cut. When sharpening, angle the sharpener so that the teeth are visible and pull back and forth until you see a shiny edge.
So then, we hope that you now have a better idea on how to use your new cold saw blades. If you still have any questions or are unsure about another topic, drop us a message using the Live Chat or call us at: 03 9005 7931. Happy Cutting!
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