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Connecting Band Saws and Metal Forming

2015 August 02
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by Blade Wizard

On first inspection, the connection between metal forming and band saws isn’t immediately apparent. Metal forming is the process by which metal is reshaped without adding or removing material. Most of the time, metals are permanently altered into the shapes that shops will use. Common shapes created by metal cutting include plates, sheets, rods, tubes and structural sections. While the outward appearance of the metal changes, the inside of the metal remains the same. Band saws are tools used to cut and alter the shape of work pieces. Since they are capacity-type machines, band saws can cut many different types of material.  

Essential Metal Cutting Variables

  So what's the relationship between the two? Well, the size and shape of the material that needs to be cut is one of the variables essential to successful metal cutting. Small solids and structural materials are tough to cut. Some structures' shapes can make it difficult to get the correct angle. It's important to cut through the thinnest portion of the work piece.  

Some Steels Need Specific Band Saws

Another important factor in the relationship between metal forming and band saws is the material’s make up. Certain types of steel need specific band saw blades. Structural materials require a specific blade type that can cut large cross sections.  

Sawblade.com Offers a Variety of Band Saws

  Sawblade.com has a wide variety of blades. The best blade for this job, though, is the Q501 series IC saw blade. It has teeth that are 8% cobalt, triple-tempered M-42 high-speed steel. It's also designed with heavy-set teeth that are fine-tuned to provide extra blade clearance. The Q501 series band saw can handle some of the largest cross-sections of structural materials without pinching during the cut, giving the Q501 series great cutting efficiency.

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