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Forum topic by MrRon posted 01-16-2017 06:25 PM 572 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-16-2017 06:25 PM

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There has been some discussion on this website regarding cutting aluminum on a band saw. It should not be done on any band saw that uses rubber or urethane tires. I started cutting aluminum on a band saw about 2 months ago and it was working great, but the other day as I was powering up my saw, there was a loud noise and the upper tire came flying out in 2 pieces. The tire was deeply embedded with aluminum bits (the lower tire too). It appears the bits get deposited on the tire and work their way through until they break. Cutting aluminum on a table saw is a different matter as there are no tires involved. The tires have a lifetime warranty, so I contacted the manufacturer hoping they can do something for me, but it appears band saws meant for wood should not be used to cut aluminum.

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#1 posted 01-16-2017 07:06 PM

I think this is a great warning. Cutting metal on any tool risks getting the metal chips everywhere. One just needs to be aware of any hazards.

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#2 posted 01-16-2017 07:14 PM

+1 on the great warning comment.

I had a similar experience a while back, but with a better outcome. I had put an old blade on the saw and cut a small amount of aluminum. When I went to reinstall a good blade I saw all of the aluminum shavings on the tires. I needed to use a wire brush to get all of it off. No more metal on the bandsaw for me.

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#3 posted 01-16-2017 07:32 PM

Warning, clean up the aluminum chips after cutting. ;)

-- Rick M,

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