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Forum topic by crank49 posted 01-14-2012 03:11 AM 975 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-14-2012 03:11 AM

Topic tags/keywords: question bandsaw

1/8” thick aluminum, that is.

I have cut aluminum with my table saw and with a jigsaw in the past to make an insert for my TS.

But I have four big sweeping curves to cut, ~16” radius, about 24” long and the TS doesn’t like curves and the jigsaw’s blade tends to gum up with aluminum. I know with a metal cutting blade and slow speed a band saw will cut steel. But all I have is one speed and a wood blade.

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#1 posted 01-14-2012 03:36 AM

I’ve never cut aluminum with my bandsaw so I am only guessing and/or using my intuition. I would expect that you can cut 1/8th inch aluminum with a small band saw. I think you will need to go slow and I expect this will accelerate the dulling of your blade. My intuition tells me that you should use a blade with a high tooth per inch count – but I don’t really know why I think that.

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#2 posted 01-14-2012 03:46 AM

I’ve cut lots of aluminum with my 10 dewalt miter saw. It’s pretty soft stuff. Not much harder than cutting a hard wood like maple actually. Get a fine tooth blade. I don’t see why a bandsaw blade for metal cutting bandsaws wouldn’t spin on the wheels any differently. Never tried it of course. I wouldn’t worry about the speed. Just might have to trash the blade after the job is done.

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#3 posted 01-14-2012 03:50 AM

Yes it will work. I done it with a cheap blade from Home Depot and it worked just fine. When I was done the blade was pretty much toast but for $10 it was worth it. But for the best cut use a blade for metal cutting.

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#4 posted 01-14-2012 04:20 AM

You’ll wreck the blade. The speed on a woodworking bandsaw is
too fast and the blade will lose temper.

I fussed around a while back cutting 1/8” aluminum with a jigsaw
(my festool wasn’t handy and the jigsaw I was using was a dog)
and it would not cut to the line well at all. In frustration I broke
out a reciprocating saw and it tore through that aluminum very
well indeed. The radius of the cut was about 9” and the sawzall
blade maybe 9/16” wide. It handled the curve just fine.

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