Sawing Stainless Steel
From contributor J:
Good metal cutting blade on bandsaw, low speed and light cutting oil. SS is tough.
From contributor D:
You could have the local sheet metal shop sheer it for you and save a lot of problems. I would have used a metallic laminate; there are many available that mimic stainless steel.
From contributor E:
Ditto what contributor D said - get all your dimensions and have a local sheet metal place do it. Having the right equipment makes all the difference in getting nice clean cuts. I think you'll find it's well worth whatever they charge, when you figure how much time you will waste trying to do it yourself, and not having it come out as cleanly.
From contributor R:
Woodworking tools are not made to cut metal. They run too fast. Sometimes you can get away with aluminum, but not SS. Go to a sheet metal shop like the others suggested. It will save you a lot of frustration. Make sure you deburr the SS, as it can give you some nasty cuts after shearing.
From contributor B:
I would definitely look into laminates, if not now, for sure on upcoming jobs. Easy to cut and you can get everything from stainless steel to copper.
From contributor R:
Bring it to a sheet metal shop. Misleading info in contributor T's post. You need a special low speed saw used in the metalworking shops called a cold saw. Typical speed is 54 to 100 rpm. Regular HSS blades on cold saws cut stainless fine in my experience.
From contributor M:
Contributor T is correct. While it is preferable to cut ferrous metals at slower RPM's, thin stainless steel can be cut at faster RPM's by using the correct grade of carbide and proper tooth configuration. It should be noted that this process does create sparks. Be sure to disconnect your dust collector and clean out any sawdust in and around the machine.
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