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Daily Archives: September 18, 2014

The 501 and 701 Bandsaw Blades

The 501 and 701 Bandsaw Blades are two Haltbar Sägen bi-metal bandsaw blades with a lot of similarities between them. It is hopeful that this post will help to distinguish the two for better understanding when it comes time to purchase either blade. Specifically — the Haltbar M42 HP and IC Series. Both are widely used in steel service centers and production cutting houses because these blades are designed for production cutting. Both blades can withstand materials requiring high and heavy-duty performance because they have unique and course teeth with heat and wear resistance. These types of features allow for greater durability, …

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Bandsaw Coolant Mixtures

Bandsaw Coolant Mixtures and how to extend the life of a bandsaw blade include such things as the proper handling of saw blades, using the correct operating procedures, and more specifically, choosing the right coolant. These will all work to result in a smooth, more satisfying cutting process. Metal Working Fluid (MWF) — also referred to as cutting fluid, cutting oil, cutting compound, coolant, or lubricant — can range from straight oils (petroleum oils) to water-based fluids including soluble oils and semi-synthetic/synthetic fluids. MWFs may be complex mixtures of oils, emulsifiers, anti-weld agents, corrosion inhibitors, extreme pressure additives, buffers (alkaline …

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The 101 and 201 Series Bandsaw Blade

The 101 and 201 Series Bandsaw Blade, their detailed features, unique qualities, and their specific applications. The 101 Series Haltbar Flex Back Carbon blade is made from carbon steel with a flexible carbon steel back and comes in a wide range of widths, thickness, and pitch. The Haltbar 101 Flex Back saw blade is an economical choice and ideal for cutting easy-to-machine ferrous or nonferrous metal and wood, plastics, soft woods, nonferrous foundry materials and metals, low alloys, furniture, and composition board. This type of blade can be used on both light vertical and horizontal machines. By selecting the 101 Series flex back …

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Saw Blade Selection Made Simple

Selection of the right blade for the right material in order to produce the best cut can be time-consuming. The need to undergo a lot of trial & error will lead to frustration for the bandsaw operator and unwanted down-time for the entire shop. To help make the selection process a bit easier, take a moment to consider such things as the materials to be cut, the blade dimensions, speed and feed rates, cut quality, production output, and the bandsaw machine settings. Knowing the answers to these key elements in any cutting operation will make the selection process simpler and result in obtaining the best overall …

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Coolants, Lubricants, and Cutting Fluids

Saw blades can quickly overheat, distorting and even damaging the material being cut. Coolants, Lubricants, and Cutting Fluids are necessary in order to prevent such occurrences. Coolants, Lubricants, and Cutting Fluids are terms used to describe one thing: Cutting Fluid, a liquid used to dissipate heat, lubricate the band saw blade teeth, and flush debris from the gullet. Whichever word chosen to describe the material, it all applies. Coolant because the material is necessary to prevent the saw blade from overheating, Lubricant, because keeping the blade slick during use prevents chips from building up on the blade, and Cutting Fluid, because …

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