Cutting Aluminum on a band saw

Discussion in 'Replica Props' started by TFrosst, Feb 28, 2006.

  1. TFrosst

    TFrosst Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Hey guys. i'm planning on buying myself a Ryobi 9" bandsaw and have a couple of questions. Do I need a special blade to cut aluminum? Does the speed on the band saw have to be able to change or can I just turn it on a cut away?
  2. Jedirick

    Jedirick Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Depends on thickness of aluminum. IIRC blades made available for that saw are for wood. I'd check the manufacturers recommendations. A small saw like that is not real stable weight wise and where a chek in wood may simple cause a slight jerk, a couple aluminum burrs grabbing the blade could cause loss of control of the machine and injury.

    I have cut up to 1/8 alum on my Dremel jig tablesaw but got some spiral diamond blades to do the cutting.
  3. shotts63

    shotts63 Well-Known Member

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    They do make a special blade for cutting metals and aluminum.When cutting aluminum I use wax on the blade to keep the teeth from getting cloged up.
  4. THX1138

    THX1138 Well-Known Member

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    Spraying PAM cooking spray on the area being cut or even WD-40 also works great to keep the teeth from clogging up and keeps the area cool.

    - Jim :fettrotj

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