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From: (Mark Beckwith)
Date: Sun, 21 Jul 2002 07:16:47 -0500
Hi Mike,

I used to buy my material at a place called "Industrial Metals" when I lived
in California and was building bug stuff for people.  Industrial Metals had
a lot of different ways to cut aluminum, but two of their saws used
carbide-tipped circular saw blades.  One was a radial arm saw, the other was
a table saw.

I have since made many aluminum cuts using my own saws and carbide-tipped
blades.  The cuts are always perfect.  You'll be very happy.

Go slow: The material cuts slower than wood.  Use ear protection: The noise
from cutting aluminum is substantially higher than cutting wood.  Use eye
protection: The aluminum bits are probably harder on your eyes than sawdust

Mark, N5OT

> My sawzall type saw quit working on me a few months ago (burned up the
> rotor, not replaceable) and I want to invest in a saw that can cut 3/8" x
> aluminum plate.   In the past the sawzall evidentially got me through it,
> albeit not the best (kind of wore through it).  I have a small 3" x 6"
> cutoff saw but this cannot (no matter how you rig it) cut the 3/8" x 8"
> plate.  Kind of hard to justify spending $500 or more on something but
> anyone know any other saw that might do the job?  I've looked at cheap
> saws at Menard's, Lowe's and Homedepot and I doubt if they will do it even
> with a fine pitched blade.  Any suggestions?
> Mike W9RE

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