My Delta compound miter saw has clamping capabilities.. I use it
frequently for cutting aluminum stock. Works well. Uses a carbide
tipped steel blade.
Not an abrasive cut off.
Aluminum will indeed clog a grinding wheel. I don't know about causing
it to break up, though. It takes a heap of 'dressing' of the wheel to
return it to usable for steel. Best not to run it against aluminum..
When I need a large plate, I have the dealer I purchase from (in Miami
it's Simmons. Aluminum and stainless products) shear it to size for me.
Mark Beckwith wrote:
>>For the small size of stock, the mitre saw that moves about 2" would be
>>great. It should cut a 6by8. I like those better as the stock can be
>My miter saw is good for about 5.25." It would not cut a 6x8. I use it for
>cutting element and boom tubing to length, but when I do plates, I use the
>Maybe someone else can comment, since I have this on old-wives authority
>only, but I heard you DONT use a grinder for aluminum because the aluminum
>can get so hot it melts and clogs the pores of the grinder then when it
>cools it expands and can break the grinding blade or grinding wheel apart
>while it's spinning at a bazillion RPM. Is this true?
>I say this because VE7HCB discusses a miter saw with a clamp. The ones like
>that which I've seen are all for grinding-type blades which are for cutting
>steel, which I would not use on aluminum for this reason.
>Just wondering, and would hate for someone to have a spinning blade blow up
>in their face as a result of a post here!
>Can anybody straighten me out?
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