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Re: [TowerTalk] Cutting aluminum

Subject: Re: [TowerTalk] Cutting aluminum
From: "Rick Karlquist" <>
Date: Sat, 28 Feb 2009 14:40:43 -0800 (PST)
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Craig D. Smith wrote:
> For my antenna projects and other ham puttering I have a semi-frequent
> need
> to cut aluminum stock as well as PCB material, occasional brass, etc.  I'm
>for filing and other finishing.
> I'm restricted on space, so don't want/need anything really big or
> powerful.
> Thinking in terms of 2 ft square or less benchtop space.  So what are your
> suggestions?  Small bandsaw?  Any other ideas?  What do you use?
> Also, what type of blade is recommended and what kind of blade life should
> I
> expect?
>                                                                       ...
> Craig  AC0DS

I bought an inexpensive miter saw from Harbor Freight and
equipped it with a non-ferrous metal cutting carbide blade from McMaster
Carr.  The local stores only had ferrous blades.  I also ordered
a bar of cutting wax for the blade.  Don't try to cut dry.
I have made hundreds of cuts in irrigation tubing and the blade
is still as good as new.  The miter saw doesn't take up much

Rick N6RK


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