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01-15-2004, 08:47 PM
I have been cutting alum. with a hacksaw for a long time. The other day in Cdn.Tire I saw a metal blade that fits my old cheapy BD band saw. After I installed it I tried it out on my retract blocks. They are 1 1/4" solid and if you take your time it does a fairly good job. Cut out a new set in 1 night and made me very happy.
01-15-2004, 09:00 PM
I regularly cut aluminum on our wood band saw, but I use my metal band saw for cutting off barstock, I use the wood one for free hand cutting 1/8 ands 1/4 plate into shapes. I just hate when the parts heat up and you have to let go or burn your fingers!!! ;)
01-15-2004, 09:49 PM
At work I do a lot of aluminum work and we either cut it by band saw,carbide tipped skill saw or plasma cutter..With the first two use a lot of WD-40 to keep the teeth clean.The only problem is the WD will swell the rubber on the drive wheels of the band saw.(after time) :lol:
01-16-2004, 11:18 AM
Yes, I also use WD40 for parting off on the lathe, and to lube the blade on the metal band saw. Nothing works as good for aluminum in my experience!
01-16-2004, 11:41 AM
The guys in the machine shop here use plain old windex to lube and cool the parts that they cut. Is there a silicone portion in this stuff? Dead cheap anyway...
01-16-2004, 11:48 AM
I've been using Sandaro DriCote for a number of years on the bandsaw. Got it at LEE Valley (where else :) ) Works for wood laminates and metal :oha: (and no I don't just cut balsa wood :mrgreen: )
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