How to Cut Hard Metals with an Abrasive Cutoff Saw

An abrasive cut off saw is a must have power tool if you need to cut through hard material such as metal. It is also known as a metal chop saw. The saw has several consumable abrasive discs that cut through the work piece. When one disc wears out, you replace it with another to enable you to cut effectively. A metal chop saw is a useful tool when you have to cut through pipes or metal sheets. The saw allows you to make both straight and angled cuts. Below is a simple guide that shows you how to use the saw.

Materials Needed

  • Cut off saw
  • Work piece
  • Meta rule
  • Respirator
  • Safety goggles

Step 1 – Inspect the Saw

Once you’ve brought your saw out of storage, inspect it for loose, faulty or damaged parts. Do not use the tool if certain parts require repair or replacement. It is best to attend to these before you proceed with your work. This will ensure that you work effectively and safely.

Step 2 – Site Selection

Select a suitable area where you can place the machine. Firm ground with an even surface is a good place to work from. The machine is very heavy and a stable surface helps to secure it so that you can work more comfortably and safely. Select a site that is a safe distance from walls or windows to prevent damage to these structures as you work. Do not allow bystanders, especially children or pets, at the work site.

Step 3 – Install Blade

Take time to read your instruction manual which explains how to insert the blade. It is vital that you install the blade properly. Incorrect blade installation can cause the tool to function improperly, which can result in serious injuries. Be sure to wear a respirator and safety goggles for maximum protection while you work.

Step 4 – Position the Work Piece

Place your metal work piece in such a way that the saw blade will work freely. The metal should be positioned such that it allows the blade to cut from the top through the bottom. Use a metal rule or square to line up the saw blade with your piece of metal. Rest the metal against the fence of the saw to ensure it is adequately supported.

Step 5 – Cutting

Release the trigger and slowly apply downward pressure on the saw’s arm. Avoid lateral pressure as this may cause the blade to shatter. Once you begin to cut, be sure to maintain the same direction until the cut is completed. Steadily cut through the metal. Do not push too hard as the pressure will prevent a smooth cut and ruin your blade. With modest pressure from your hands, the saw should be able to cut perfectly. When you notice the blade becoming smaller, stop the machine and replace the blade before you proceed.

Step 6 – On Completion

Once the cut is completed, raise the saw’s arm and release the trigger. Remove the blade and store your metal chop saw safely away. Clean up your work site and dispose of all waste materials.