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    Has anyone here used a cermet tipped blade in a dry cut chop saw?

    I've got lots of 316 stainless to cut and the carbide blades don't make more than 10-20 cuts. I'm hoping cermet might do the trick.

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    do they even exist??

    have you tried using a coolant/lubricant??
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    • #3
      Cermet chop saw blades?

      In my chop saws,i use both a carbide blades and Walter wheels #10-Q 143 with very good results.I find that,when using light pressure,the blades last a lot longer with less post cut clean up.There might be a "pressing too hard" on the saw type deal here.You can use cutting oil to help.Just be ready for the mess that's all.Like always,clean it off before welding and voila,Frank

      PS Your carbide blades can be sharpened and repaired.The carbide tips can be replaced etc.
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        question about blades....

        Can I convert a regular power mitre box to cut steel with the correct blade? If not, which I think is going to be the answer, what saws do you guys run, and what is the basic cost? Due they make them in 220 volt? I sold my Wells saw because that **** thing took up way to much room, and I hardly used it, I have heard good things about the new chop saws, but will never go to the abrasive blades!
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        • #5
          fortyonethirty,

          For cutting a fair amount of 316 SS a bandsaw is going to be your best option.

          I don't know of a blade out there I'd recommend for a cold saw (Milwaukee, Makita, DeWalt, Porter Cable). I've had good luck with the Freud carbide blades on my PC but I don't use it with stainless.

          SS will "eat up" a bandsaw blade much quicker than mild steel, but compared to a circular carbide blade, they're much cheaper to replace. Go with a good bi-metal blade.

          Actually, for cutting SS tubing/pipe, I've found the Milwaukee Deep Cut hand held bandsaw (with 10/14 blade) to be the cat's meow for the job. Easy to handle and blades are cheap.
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          • #6
            Originally posted by SundownIII View Post
            fortyonethirty,

            For cutting a fair amount of 316 SS a bandsaw is going to be your best option.

            I don't know of a blade out there I'd recommend for a cold saw (Milwaukee, Makita, DeWalt, Porter Cable). I've had good luck with the Freud carbide blades on my PC but I don't use it with stainless.

            SS will "eat up" a bandsaw blade much quicker than mild steel, but compared to a circular carbide blade, they're much cheaper to replace. Go with a good bi-metal blade.

            Actually, for cutting SS tubing/pipe, I've found the Milwaukee Deep Cut hand held bandsaw (with 10/14 blade) to be the cat's meow for the job. Easy to handle and blades are cheap.
            I too have found the Mil deep cut saw to be a good option for cutting. As said the blades are inexpensive and easy to find. I made a jig that lets me use it as a cut off saw but use it hand held much of the time. The blade speeds are slow enough to not heat harden most metals while cutting if you use care with the feed pressure. Taking the cut to the work has advantages too.
            Less swinging long sticks of pipe around getting the angle right in the chop saw.
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            • #7
              Originally posted by Tryagn5 View Post
              Can I convert a regular power mitre box to cut steel with the correct blade? If not, which I think is going to be the answer, what saws do you guys run, and what is the basic cost? Due they make them in 220 volt? I sold my Wells saw because that **** thing took up way to much room, and I hardly used it, I have heard good things about the new chop saws, but will never go to the abrasive blades!
              Kevin
              you "can", but the blades won't last long, and the cuts won't be ideal. the problem is that wood saws have a faster RPM than saws intended for metal. i have the dewalt metal saw, but would recommend the milwaukee over the dewalt.
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              • #8
                Originally posted by Tryagn5 View Post
                Can I convert a regular power mitre box to cut steel with the correct blade? If not, which I think is going to be the answer, what saws do you guys run, and what is the basic cost? Due they make them in 220 volt? I sold my Wells saw because that **** thing took up way to much room, and I hardly used it, I have heard good things about the new chop saws, but will never go to the abrasive blades!
                Kevin
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                Don't know how you would "convert" it. A wood saw spins much faster than the dry cut saws which operate in the 1400 RPM range. Put one of those blades in a wood saw and you're asking for a trip to the hospital.
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                • #9
                  Originally posted by fortyonethirty View Post
                  Has anyone here used a cermet tipped blade in a dry cut chop saw?

                  I've got lots of 316 stainless to cut and the carbide blades don't make more than 10-20 cuts. I'm hoping cermet might do the trick.
                  you didn't say what size of 316. you talking pipe, 6" square stock? are you talking tight fit up cut's? can you just order the pieces cut to length? my LSS does my cut's for free.
                  and i thought cermet blades were for wood.
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