slitting saw arbor set
Slitting saws are different. Yeah, we’ve covered it before. Take a look at our blog on slitting saw techniques if you want a review. Today we're looking at selecting a slitting saw arbor and then selecting the right feeds and speeds to get the job done right.

Slitting Saw Arbors

Picking your slitting saw arbors is just as important as picking the right slitting saw blade. There are actually hobbyist-type websites recommending a slitting saw arbor as an “easy-to-make” project. Talk about giving bad advice! Ask yourself, if high-quality slitting saw arbors can be had for under $50 or less why on earth would you waste your precious time and material on a crappy arbor? Besides it's a boring project. You never want your blade to wander, no matter what cut you are making. With slitting saws, the slitting saw arbor must absorb the cutter vibration. If you don't handle the vibration you destroy the blade. Destroy the blade and destroy the work. No good! Select the arbor that gets your blade close to the work area. Once you start cutting, dive in! Bury the cutter in the work early. It will actually provide support to the blade. That doesn’t mean speeds are high. Speaking of which, let’s look at feeds and speeds.

Speeds and Feeds

The rule of thumb that says to keep two teeth in the work is a carry-over from cutting with a band saw. It’s not true with slitting saws. RPMs always depend on the saw blade material. The RPMs for high speed steel are different than carbide blades. The work material comes into the equation as well.

Cutting Speed/Saw Diameter x 4 = RPM

Calculate the saw speed then figure the feed.

Chipload per Tooth x No. of Teeth x No. of Teeth = Feed

The most accurate way to calculate your speeds and feeds is with software. FS Wizard is an on-line calculator that is free. The G-Wizard calculator is available for purchase at Purchased software gives you the advantage of storing tool information for repeated use.

Machine with the Machine Pros

Whether you are a professional machinist or a hobbyist, you need to machine with only the very best. That means you machine with the pros at The Tool Company. The Tool Company only sells the highest quality slitting saw arbors, multi-stops, tool trays and holders, collet wrenches, and ultra precision arbors. Every product sold at The Tool Company is proudly made in the USA. We support American manufacturing. Order your slitting saw arbor on-line today.
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