Carlson Machinery partners with experts in the industry to ensure that your shop includes the most appropriate dependable fabrication equipment for your specific applications.

Durable metal cutting saws are indispensable, but choosing the proper type of saw can be a challenge.  If you choose the right one and treat it right, it should last a good long while.

The first step will be to identify what you want to cut – the type of material including the size and thickness and coatings as well as the angle and shape of the desired cut. Also considering whether the material can get hot or needs to remain cold during the cutting process.  Next, determine the projected output.

The Circular Cold Saw is preferred for cutting ferrous or non-ferrous materials such as aluminum or sheet metal producing fast, burr-free cuts due to the blade turning at very low RPMs.  A coolant system is necessary to keep the cold saw blade cool and lubricated.

Band Saws are used for many different kinds of cutting, including solid materials and heavy-wall tubing, structural shapes, high-efficiency bundle cutting, and hard alloy materials such as tool steels.  Band saws might be manual, semi automatic twin column miter, or fully-automatic with shuttle type bar feeds.

Accurate cutting force is critical in band sawing to assure straight cuts and maximize saw longevity and blade life.  Most band saw manufacturers use the hydraulic cylinder(s) on the cutting head with a counterbalancing pressure valve to control the force in the cut.

A more accurate method is to put a valve or sensor directly on the blade guide of the machine which allows for more precise adjustment.  This method eliminates potential change in cutting head friction in a twin post machine and the change in gravitational weight of a hinge type machine.

You will be satisfied with your new saw for a long time when you operate and maintain it properly.  Operating manuals should be kept in a place where you can refer to them as needed.  Select and maintain the proper blades and cutting fluids.  Once again, Carlson Machinery can help assess the proper blade composition, width, shape, tooth rake, tooth shape and pitch considering your proposed materials and production rates.  New blades must be broken-in properly and changed as necessary.  The productivity of your metal cutting operation can be improved by paying close attention to the wear patterns on the blades and the chips formed during the cut.  Cutting fluids enhance sawing efficiency and extend blade life by both cooling and lubricating.

These few tips should help you to move forward to higher levels of cutting productivity for many years to come.

Contact Carlson Machinery or call at (319) 553-0188 when you are ready to consider purchasing your next saw.