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Cutting sheet metal with a skilsaw #7335055
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I need to cut some 27 ga sheet metal. I know you can turn your skilsaw blade around . My question is do I need a carbide tipped blade or high speed steel also how many teeth.


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Re: Cutting sheet metal with a skilsaw [Re: larrywaugh] #7335058
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I use a finish cut blade Z 40 to cut sheet metal. Yes it has to be carbide tipped and if you can find one with a negative cutting angle, all the better.


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Re: Cutting sheet metal with a skilsaw [Re: larrywaugh] #7335062
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Buy a metal cutting blade. Search metal cutting circular saw blade . I checked om ebay. 15 bucks

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Re: Cutting sheet metal with a skilsaw [Re: larrywaugh] #7335069
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There are many cutting disc's made for thin metal, you put them on your saw just like a toothed blade, though they cut much nicer.

Most any good or large hard ware store carries them.


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Re: Cutting sheet metal with a skilsaw [Re: larrywaugh] #7335074
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I agree with the comments above and would buy a metal blade. We cut a lot of metal around here and it is the way to go.


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Re: Cutting sheet metal with a skilsaw [Re: larrywaugh] #7335075
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I use a thin cut off wheel on my 4" grinder if i am just doing a hanfull of pieces.

Re: Cutting sheet metal with a skilsaw [Re: larrywaugh] #7335083
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Re: Cutting sheet metal with a skilsaw [Re: larrywaugh] #7335129
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Use the cheapest saw you can get your hands on. that metal dust is hard on bearings and bushings


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Re: Cutting sheet metal with a skilsaw [Re: larrywaugh] #7335136
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Thats why ya use a saw blade and not a cutting disk. No metal dust , just very hot metal chips that will sizzle on yer skin. With a worm drive saw, there are almost no sparks either.


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Re: Cutting sheet metal with a skilsaw [Re: larrywaugh] #7335139
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If you use a toothed blade, you want to make sure it has a high tooth count so as to keep at least 2 teeth on the metal edge, and keep the blade from grabbing the material.
For material that thin I'd use an abrasive wheel in a circle saw. Safety glasses and long sleeves will prevent a disaster. Another way to go is a carbide circle saw blade, but that can be an adventure in pain from hot chips.


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Re: Cutting sheet metal with a skilsaw [Re: larrywaugh] #7335141
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We called those little hot chips that stick to your arms " Plumbers fleas " grin


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Re: Cutting sheet metal with a skilsaw [Re: larrywaugh] #7335149
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From experience. Use a carbide tipped skill saw blade run the correct direction set for a shallow half inch cut. Don't run a carbide backwards. All the tips will be knocked off.










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Re: Cutting sheet metal with a skilsaw [Re: larrywaugh] #7335163
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Thanks for the replies. I think I will try an abrasive wheel on a grinder.


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Re: Cutting sheet metal with a skilsaw [Re: TC1] #7335244
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Originally Posted by TC1
Itís all about the Diablo Steel Demon. Give it a try, you wonít be disappointed.


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Re: Cutting sheet metal with a skilsaw [Re: larrywaugh] #7335245
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yup...this one....and eye protection


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Re: Cutting sheet metal with a skilsaw [Re: larrywaugh] #7335342
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Don't forget hearing protection as well. It's kinda loud.

Re: Cutting sheet metal with a skilsaw [Re: larrywaugh] #7335492
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I cut some barn tin the other day with a saw dad has that is specifically made to cut metal. Lower RPM I think.

My advice is to get a face shield, wear long sleeves (preferably denim or canvas shirt) and good gloves.

I started out with just safety glasses. Didn't take long for one of those little metal chips to find my lip. Almost made my eyes water a little

Re: Cutting sheet metal with a skilsaw [Re: danny clifton] #7335506
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Originally Posted by danny clifton
Use the cheapest saw you can get your hands on. that metal dust is hard on bearings and bushings


I agree. I have a few ďextraĒ Mag77ís, so I use the cheapest saw I have.

I have cut rebar and other various steel with a abrasive blade. For aluminum I use a regular carbide toothed blade and go easy. Has worked well so far. Hang onto the saw like you meant to!

I agree with what others have posted. Eye, ear, and hand protection, all the way.

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