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Choosing The Right Band Saw Blade

Choosing The Right Band Saw Blade

Choosing the right band saw blade

Whether you operate a small shop out of your home or run a commercial facility, we at Amacut have the right band saws to suit your needs. As with any metalworking machine, proper tools and maintenance are essential for smooth operation. This post covers band saw blades and everything you need to know about choosing the right band saw blade for the job.

Key factors to consider when choosing the right band saw blade

When considering which bandsaw blade to use for a particular project, there are a few factors to consider. Answer the following questions:

Once you’ve answered these questions, you can figure out how wide you should move. One thing to keep in mind is that wider band saws are best for cutting straight through thick metals. This is known as saw cutting. Meanwhile, thinner blades are better for curved cuts. This is called contour sawing.

Teeth are important.

Among the other elements that affect cutting and include choosing the right band saw blade are the teeth. We are not just talking about the size and shape of the teeth. The most important aspect of band saw teeth is the number of teeth per tooth (TPI).

Determining the right TPI leads to the right feed rate and the right finish. A general rule to follow is that the more teeth per inch of the blade, the finer the cut. The feed rate will be slow, but also very smooth. Fewer teeth per inch means a faster feed rate and a rougher cut.

The three common shapes of band saw blades are: regular, hook, and skip.

Conventional tooth blades are the most popular because of their straight teeth, deep grooves and even spacing. Used for general sawing purposes, you can perform cut or contour sawing on thin sheet metal. These blades have a rake of 0 degrees (straight).

Selection of metal materials

At this point, you should have already chosen your metal material. However, we have a few more things for you to keep in mind. Harder blades cut harder metals, but do so at a slower rate. Since band saw blades are made of metal, it is very important that you choose the correct blade for the project you are currently working on. If you choose the wrong blade for the material you are working with, it can damage the blade.

The three main types of band saw blades for cutting metal are carbon steel, high speed steel and alloy steel.

Note: You can also use a bi-metal blade to cut metal pipes, tubes, angles, flat stock, mixed metal materials, mold steel, structural steel, tool steel, carbon steel, stainless steel, and even non-ferrous metals. Bimetallic blades are composed of two metals that are welded to a flexible support through an electron beam. Their average lifespan is between three and five years.

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