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  • wood cutting VS metal cutting band saws

    I'm slowly getting equiped in metal working. I have a fairly heavy duty floor model 14' band saw. Is it possible to convert this to metal cutting if a metal cutting blade the right lenght can be found ?

  • #2
    You'll not only have to change the blade, the speed will have to be reduced as well.

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    • #3
      What are you looking to cut on it?

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      • #4
        I probably wont be welding anything thicker than 1/4 inch or so as I only own a mm180. This will only be for my workshop where I plan to do light fabrication only. I was lookinh at getting a dry cutting chop saw or an inexpensive horizontal band saw but thought I could make use of my floor model bandsaw in the meantime.

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        • #5
          A vertical bandsaw is good for cutting 16 ga. sheet (and it's not even really good for that). I would reccomend an abrasive saw or horiz bandsaw. Dry saw or cold saw if you're rich.

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          • #6
            I converted a Powermatic vertical band saw from wood to steel, and it works great. I used a variable speed DC gearmotor from a belt conveyor to slow it down.

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            • #7
              Speed is most of it. Most wood saw are not built to handle the stresses of metal cutting puts on it.
              I have a wood saw and I cut sheet steel with it, but it is hard on it non the less.


              Also to cut bar type stock an abrasive type saw works, and a cold saw is cool, you don't have to be "rich" to own one. Just keep your eyes open for a bargain.

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              • #8
                The horizontal bandsaws are really the way to go, since the blades are so cheap.

                The dry saws are nice for $600, but the blades run out fast. Cold saws last last a long time. Grizzly sells one for ~$1000. Grizzly has a horizontal bandsaw that cuts up to 60 degrees for about $1500. Replacement blades are $20-40.

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                • #9
                  I aquired an 18" Jet wood saw recently, in reseaching a conversion I found this on practicalmachinist.com, for future reference. Hopes this helps
                  Good luck
                  L*S


                  http://www.practicalmachinist.com/vb...rsion+to+metal

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                  • #10
                    Thanks Leons2003,

                    Great advice in that forum. Sounds like alot of work to properly do a conversion like some of them describe but it answers all of my questions.

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                    • #11
                      JC,

                      Since you have a nice wood shop I wouldn't want to use one bandsaw as once you start cuttin' metal the chips will be in the saw fahevah, and also the Lubricant that goes along with cuttin' metal

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Broccoli1 View Post
                        JC,

                        Since you have a nice wood shop I wouldn't want to use one bandsaw as once you start cuttin' metal the chips will be in the saw fahevah, and also the Lubricant that goes along with cuttin' metal
                        Yeah, I would get a dedicated metal saw if you're serious about fabrication. I don't like using verticle bandsaws for metal anyway; just not enough control.

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                        • #13
                          I only work with aluminum and have a plain old Delta 14" that I bought at Lowes.
                          I simply put a metal blade on it and it cuts aluminum like butter...the faster speed is great! It has really bean a huge change in the way I make things out of sheet aluminum like diamond plate and such. I love it!
                          But for steel it is pure junk For that I use my trusty chi-com 4x6" and a Milwaukie chop saw.

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