For cutting tools to be considered efficient, they need to offer the best cuts. There are several tips for users to ensure their saw blades cut better and last longer. The following points are helpful in achieving chip-free cuts while using a Sliding Table Saw or a Panel Saw.
While cutting any material, one has to use the right blade. Different types of material require different types of saw blades. For instance, The TCG (Triple Chip Grind) blade is most suitable for MDF or particleboard.
The saw used should be properly tuned and the miter slots are supposed to be parallel to the joint. Perfectly aligned saw blades help avoid back cutting. The saw blade teeth need to be raised during cutting. Always use the right blade configuration with the correct TCG grind and amount of teeth.
Select a saw blade with the right tip configuration for the material and machine used. The saw blade should be properly tensioned to the machine’s motor rpm.
Maintain the right blade projection. This is the distance between the top of the blade and the top of the material when cutting. It can have a great effect on the finished surface. To ensure a clean finish, keep the blade projection between 30mm and 20mm.
Cutting using a sharp blade boosts the efficiency of the tools. A sharp blade gives cleaner, smoother cuts that help extend the saw blade’s life. Use the right sharpening tool to make sure the saw blade doesn’t get ruined. Sharpen the tool using the right technique as well. If the user is unsure about the sharpening process, they should take their blade to a professional saw sharpening company.
Properly sharpened blades save you some money because you don’t need to keep getting new ones. Blunt saw blades are potentially dangerous and give bad cuts. Additionally, they require the user to use more energy thus rendering the tool inefficient.
The saw flanges have to be kept burr-free and clean. Clean saw flanges offer better cuts. It’s important to keep the mounting surface as clean as possible. Dirt on the mounting surface can make the blade wobble. This in turn causes the teeth to come off the blade. Also, the kerf of the cut may increase. Dust and chips in the path of cutting on the wood can impact the vibration, feed rate, heat accumulation and horsepower consumption of the tooth blade.
Another aspect of a saw blade that can help improve cutting is scoring. This refers to increasing the number of layers of the material to be cut. When cutting thin material, stack cut by securing the stock using double face tape. The blade has to be properly adjusted to the scoring blade for the process to be successful.
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