Do You Need A Bandsaw or Coldsaw?
When cutting metal, there are two main options in choosing the right machinery. Today, we’re going to determine what’s the best choice for you either you pick a coldsaw or a bandsaw.
1. Size Matters
The size of the material you’ll be working on will determine on which two suits you the most. A bandsaw will give you a larger cutting capacity while coldsaw will have a limit on the capacity of the material to be cut. For example, a 14” coldsaw will give you a capacity of 4 ¾” round material compared to the bandsaw that can give around 9”
2. Material Hardness
The hardness of the material also a factor in determining the best saw for you application. A coldsaw will put limits on the material hardness that you can cut. And on the other hand, bandsaw blades have different configuration and teeth hardness options to give quality results in cutting hard material. But there are also few applications neither can handle such as required abrasive cutting.
If saving material and money is a concern, knowing the right kerf is important. The standard kerf of a coldsaw blade is 2.5 to 3mm and a bandsaw blade on the other hand is 42 thousand of an inch. A standard coldsaw also uses a triple grind which gives chip clearance but will also mean that the kerf is the same size as the thickness of the blade.
When you are looking for fine finish, coldsaw is the best choice for you. It will give you accurate cuts with a milled like finish. This means tight miter joints and cutting the part to length while eliminating the secondary operation of re-facing or cleaning the cut surface.
5. Economic Value
What’s the practical choice, the bandsaw or the coldsaw? For us, it is hard to say and will depend on the application of the owner. The initial price of the coldsaw blade may be higher than the bandsaw blade. It is also important to know that coldsaw blades can be sharpened while the bandsaw blade is discarded once it goes bad.