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Non-ferrous metal blade for cutting wood

Non-ferrous metal blade for cutting wood - yes it works to a very useful degree, to my surprise. 100 teeth likely help a lot.

I discovered this by accident - on my sliding miter saw.

On a side note, when cutting aluminum extrusions those metal chips get all over the place. The vacuum attachment did not seem to help much.

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post #2 of 15 Old 07-28-2020, 10:22 AM
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So, what is the blade.? Pic please.
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it is a MASTEC 10-Inch 100T Carbide Tooth TCG for Aluminum Saw Blade with 5/8-Inch Arbor

bought on Amazon, 4.5 star rating

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Carbide teeth are good. I do not understand how an aluminum bodied saw blade can stand up to the vigors of the sawing job. Is the blade a wider kerf than normal to provide for stiffer aluminum?


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Carbide teeth are good. I do not understand how an aluminum bodied saw blade can stand up to the vigors of the sawing job. Is the blade a wider kerf than normal to provide for stiffer aluminum?


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The blades intended use is cutting aluminum.
I don't believe it is made of aluminum. I don't see that anywhere in the description.
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Possible the seller doesn't know just what they're selling?

I figured it's time to change my signature so hold your breath. This is it.
Impressive, huh?
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well; that got off track.

Its a steel blade with carbide teeth made to cut aluminum, but it also happens to cut wood too - within limits. It cross cuts nicely.
The blade is not made of aluminum.

I am leaving it on the miter saw for the forseable future (tho I have plenty of regular blades for wood).

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To me, it seems like a blade where:

* The high tooth count is like a crosscut blade.
* The grind pattern of the teeth (TCG) is like a rip blade.
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I use an Irwin blade in the SCMS. The carbide teeth cut aluminum rather nicely. I have cut many pieces of aluminum in both SCMS and RAS. Once I had to rip (if you will) an aluminum threshold, about 6 feet in length. It was ugly but with hold downs and being careful I did it on the RAS. At about 6 feet there was a kick back. I was expecting it so no harm, no foul.

BTW - A machinist friend explained that in the shop, router bits with carbide cutters are used to shape aluminum all the time.

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The blades intended use is cutting aluminum.
I don't believe it is made of aluminum. I don't see that anywhere in the description.

What other material could it be made of if it is "non-ferrous?"


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What other material could it be made of if it is "non-ferrous?"


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Do you really not understand? To answer your question, here is a partial list;
Aluminum
Copper
Brass and Bronze
Lead
Nickel
Zinc
Alloys
Stainless Steel
List of Non-Ferrous Metals - Valley Metal Services

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this is the blade in question:
Non-ferrous metal blade for cutting wood-71xdu0ffpgl._ac_sx569_.jpg
if you wanted to build your own aluminum framed screen room,
this is the blade you would use in your chop saw or miter saw.
enhanced safety measures such as fully enclosed face/eye protection,
long sleeves, closed neck shirt is strongly recommended to deal
with the hot chips that fly everywhere.
just be responsible for all the tools you use and materials you cut.
[and yes, it will leave a very fine, splinter free cut in most woods].

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Ah, like others it seemed to me that it was a non ferrous blade. What was meant was a blade for cutting non ferrous metals.
I have jig saw blades from Bosch which I used to cut aluminium.
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What other material could it be made of if it is "non-ferrous?" George
The blade itself is ferrous (steel body with carbide tips). The intended material to cut with it would be the non-ferrous metal, such as aluminum. @kiwi_outdoors says that he cuts wood with it.

Yeah, I had to re-read the original post a couple times before I got it.

kiwi_outdoors should avoid dangling modifiers writing his online posts. ;-)
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Dangling modifiers eh - well, don't get me started on past participles and pluperfect subjunctives !!

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