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Al Launier
09-26-2017, 10:52 AM
How many of you bandsaw aluminum with a HSS blade and what limits do you impose? I cut thin aluminum, up to 1/4", on my Grizzly 14" G0555 and have had good results, so far. I do have to go slowly and occasionally spray WD40 to the sides of the blade.

Bruce Page
09-26-2017, 12:12 PM
Al, I rough cut the plate for the table I made using a run of the mill 3TPI HS band. 7075 T-6 aluminum, 1.5 thick. I had to go slow and did not use any lubricant. It was a very messy process!
1982 Rockwell 14 with 1/2hp motor.

Matt Day
09-26-2017, 12:23 PM
Bruce - nice work! Was the original table missing or damaged?

Bruce Page
09-26-2017, 12:35 PM
Bruce - nice work! Was the original table missing or damaged?
Thanks, I just wanted a bigger table and ran across the alum plate at a salvage yard.

Lee Schierer
09-26-2017, 7:01 PM
One problem with cutting metal on a wood bandsaw is that the metal can get embedded in the tires. Spraying WD 40 could contaminate the tires giving them less grip.

Bruce Page
09-26-2017, 9:02 PM
The chips can be a messy problem for sure. IIRC, I used a brass wire welding brush to clean the tires up. There was no damage that I could see.
I sold the bandsaw in 2004.

andy bessette
09-27-2017, 10:53 AM
I cut aluminum using my carbide wood cutting blade with no lube.

Kev Williams
09-27-2017, 1:31 PM
As a general rule, I never cut or engrave any aluminum without some sort of lubricant. I have an ancient Dayton 'metal cutting bandsaw' that I've cut a lot of aluminum with. While its HSS blade WILL cut aluminum without oil, it cuts MUCH better with it. Since I have homemade flood-cooling setups on all my tool engravers, I just fill a 2 oz. needle-point dispenser bottle with a Trim Sol mix and just squirt it on almost continually while cutting. I regularly cut .09" thick black anodized aluminum with my 4" carbide bladed safety saw, and I foam-brush a line of coolant along the cut line, it helps with the cut and less blade wear.

Al Launier
09-28-2017, 9:02 AM
Al, I rough cut the plate for the table I made using a run of the mill 3TPI HS band. 7075 T-6 aluminum, 1.5” thick. I had to go slow and did not use any lubricant. It was a very messy process!
1982 Rockwell 14” with 1/2hp motor.

Bruce that is very impressive. Nice work!

Bruce Page
09-28-2017, 12:48 PM
Thanks Al. I regret selling the saw when I bought my MM16. I ended up buying a little 10” Rikon for the small stuff.