Selecting the Slitting Saw Blade
When selecting the slitting saw blade for your job it’s important to get the right number of teeth for your application. Use higher tooth count saw blades for clean, finished cuts. Ultra fine toothed slitting saws are jeweler’s saws.
Most slitting saw blades are made of carbide or high speed steel. Match the right blade material to the work you will be cutting.
The thicker your blade, the more stability. So get the thickest saw blade your operation will tolerate. It will perform with fewer problems.
Select the proper size saw blade. Most are about 3” to 4” in diameter. The larger the saw diameter, the more problems with runout and wobbling you will have.
Use the Right Feeds and SpeedsBecause these types of cuts are ultra precise, you want to make sure you get the proper balance of feeds and speeds. It is a balancing act and you don't want to do it without the right software. Be sure to use software that is designed specifically for slitting saw cuts. Slitting saw blades are delicate; they are easy to destroy if feeds and speeds aren’t accurate.
When making deep cuts, there are two schools of thought: make multiple cuts that start shallow and progress deeper or make the cut all in one pass.Cutting in one pass assumes that chips won’t be cleared and will cause problems on subsequent passes. Use the proper feeds, speeds, and fluids and avoid problems. Experienced machinists prefer to make a series of passes. Work like an experienced machinist until you are!