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Kerf and Precise Cut

There are factors to consider when deciding on the right bandsaw blade for the job. Things like the material to be cut, its thickness, bandsaw type, and how it will be used to cut a specific type of material. It is important to consider correct width, pitch, and TPI when purchasing any bandsaw blade. Rake angle, tooth style and set, blade type, and kerf are factors as well. Kerf is the¬†slot made by a cutting tool when¬†parting material — or the amount of material removed by the cut of the blade. The term kerf is mistakenly used to refer to …

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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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