Best Ways To Cut Stainless Steel Sheets

Posted By on Jul 7, 2016 |


Introduction

Stainless steel is most commonly used for sheet metal, decorative pipes, and decorative pressed wall panels, and they are made this way for objects such as handrails, closet rods, and furniture frames. Stainless steel is a very hard metal, and often times it is used to coat softer metals. When you are needing to cut stainless steel it is important to figure out just what type of tool you will need to get the job accomplished sufficiently. There are many different types of tools you can use and they are all perfect for cutting specific types of sheet metals.

Jigsaw

When you are in need of making very delicate cuts, such as curves, a jigsaw is an incredibly handy tool to accomplish this task. Friction is the main issue that is caused when you are working with stainless steel, and stainless heats up very quickly and when that happens the heat is transfered to the blade of the tool, which can then cause it to soften and break or even dull the tool. The first thing you will want to do is to find a fine toothed carbide steel blade that will not react to this heat too quickly. The next thing you will want to do is to make sure that you run the blade of the jigsaw at a slower pace, so that you can minimize this type of friction heating up. Do not force the blade and let it do the work for you so that you can keep from adding any extra friction to the metal and the blade.

Circular Saw

A hand held circular saw are one of the best tools for cutting through large stainless metal sheets and accomplishing the job effectively. When it comes to circular saws, there are two basic types of metal cutting blades. If you are looking for the cheapest blade, then the best options would be an abrasive blade or a cutting wheel blade. These types of blades are usually used in masonry, and they are limited in the number of cuts that they are allowed to be made. However, they do not make any precise cuts. If you are in need of the best blade to cut specifically where the edge matters, it will be beneficial to purchase a specialty steel blade with a thin kerf with specialty small shaped teeth. They are also able to get the job done quicker and they last a lot longer than abrasive blades do.

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Drill

If you decide to use a drill to accomplish the task, it is prudent to know that drills are most of the time used with bits, rather than blades. Of course, in the case of hole saws, their teeth are very similar to other saw blades. The thicker and the coarser teeth have the ability to cut through softer material such as wood, and when you use the finer teeth, you will be able to cut through finer materials as well as heavy metals. Whenever you are trying to achieve the best cutting results, it is important to always drill at a very slow speed to accomplish the proper cutting that you are requiring.

Rotary Tools

Rotary tools are usually hand held machines, and they are able to cut a wide range of materials while using a cut-off wheel accessory. If you use a fiberglass reinforced cutting wheel, you will be able to sufficiently cut through hardened steel. This is a way for you to be able to control the tool with more ease since these type of tools are very light and smaller.

Conclusion

In conclusion, whenever you are looking to get a job of cutting steel finished properly, it is important to make sure that you use the proper tools to do so. You want to make sure that the metal is cut cleanly and without a jagged mess on the edge of the cut. Cutting through sheet metal is a difficult task to accomplish, and it must be approached with ease, patience, and having it done so with the best tool. Make sure to ask someone for advice if you aren’t sure which type of cutting tool to use, so that you will be able to cut through sheet metal quickly and efficiently.

 

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