Are you ready to dive into the world of metal cutting? Whether you’re a seasoned professional or a DIY enthusiast, knowing how to cut through metal efficiently and effectively is a valuable skill. In this guide, we’ll explore various methods, tools, and factors to consider when tackling metal-cutting projects.

What Saw Cuts Metal

When it comes to what cuts metal, there’s no shortage of options. From traditional hand tools to advanced machinery, the best tool to cut metal depends on factors such as the type of metal and thickness of the metal, the desired cut quality, and the available equipment.

Circular Saw:

engineer working on cutting metal with circular saw

Although commonly known for cutting through wood, a circular saw is also extremely beneficial for cutting through many different materials, including metal. 

With the right circular saw blade, it can produce a clean, precise cut-through sheet metal, rebar and ⅜ inch stock. For the best results, opt for a blade that offers an abrasive disc, with a carbide tip and can easily cut through material with little resistance. 

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Angle Grinder:

man cutting metal by angle grinder

Deemed as more of the obvious options for cutting through metal, an angle grinder is easy to use for both professionals and DIY enthusiasts. Thanks to their handheld function, reasonable price and variety of heads, it’s a great power tool to have in your tool kit. 

In terms of cutting metal, the small, quick circular blade that is seen on an angle grinder can easily cut through most thin pieces of metal, and some thicker materials, such as bolts or metal pipes without providing any resistance.

Miter Saw:

industrial worker cutting metal with mitre saw

When it comes to cutting through metal, a mitre saw is a metal cutting tool that works very similarly to a circular saw. However, due to their special arm-based, they can cut at more of an angle. 

If you are looking at how to cut through metal with a mitre saw, there are some factors to take into consideration.

Due to the power of the saw, it can lead to thinner metal sheets bending during the cutting process. To avoid this, we recommend using a wood backing to offer stability when cutting.

Multi Tool Saw:

man using multi tool saw for cutting metal

If you are looking to make flush cuts through a variety of metal fittings such as steel pipes, nuts and bolts, an oscillating tool is an ideal metal cutting tool to have in your arsenal.

Just as the nature of their name, a multi-tool comes with a variety of blade heads, choose one that is specific for cutting metal. But it is important to remember that this tool wasn’t designed to specifically cut through metal. Make sure to clamp any materials to prevent any movement. 

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Reciprocating Saw:

worker cutting steel with reciprocating saw

One of the more affordable options is a reciprocating saw an adaptable and dependable metal cutting tool that is mainly beneficial for DIYers. Reciprocating saws are great for cutting through general metal stock that is found in general projects, rather than heavy-duty metal stock. 

Ultimately, it’s essential to have the correct blade for the job, when using a reciprocating saw, make sure to use a blade with carbide tips for maximum durability and getting that clean cut. 

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male using jigsawsaw to cut metal

While primarily used for cutting wood, jigsaws can also be equipped with metal-cutting blades to make curved or intricate cuts in thin metal sheets or softer metals like aluminium. They offer manoeuvrability and control, making them suitable for detailed metal-cutting tasks. 

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Other Factors To Consider When Cutting Metal

While choosing the right cutting tool is essential, several other factors can influence the success of your metal-cutting project. 

  • Environment:

Making sure you’re working in the right environment is paramount. Ensure you’re working in a well-ventilated area with proper safety equipment to protect yourself from fumes, sparks, and debris. Consider using a workbench or sawhorse to stabilise your workpiece and prevent accidents.

  • Proper Technique:

Familiarise yourself with the proper usage of your chosen cutting tool, including blade positioning, speed, and feed rate. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions and safety guidelines to ensure safe and efficient cutting.

  • Blade Selection:

Match the blade to the type and thickness of the metal you’re cutting to ensure optimal performance and results. Choose a blade with the appropriate tooth count, tooth geometry, and material composition for the best cutting performance. 

  • Safety Precautions:

Always wear appropriate personal protective equipment, including safety glasses, gloves, and hearing protection, when cutting metal. Avoid wearing loose clothing or jewellery that could get caught in the cutting tool, and be mindful of your surroundings to prevent accidents. 

  • Practice and Patience:

Cutting metal requires practice and patience to master. Start with small projects and gradually work your way up to more complex tasks. Don’t rush the process, and always prioritise safety. 

How To Cut Metal: Step by Step

  1. Prepare Your Workspace: Choose a well-ventilated area with proper lighting and clear of clutter. Secure the metal workpiece on a stable surface.
  2. Wear Personal Protective Equipment (PPE): Put on safety glasses, hearing protection, and heavy-duty gloves to shield against sparks and debris.
  3. Select the Right Tool: Choose the appropriate cutting tool for the metal type and thickness, such as an angle grinder or a circular saw.
  4. Secure the Workpiece: Clamp or secure the metal firmly to prevent movement during cutting.
  5. Follow the Manufacturer’s Instructions: Familiarise yourself with the tool’s operation and safety guidelines before starting.
  6. Make Controlled Cuts: Guide the tool steadily along the cutting line, avoiding excessive force or sudden movements.
  7. Monitor Cutting Progress: Stay clear of sparks and debris, and inspect the cut for smoothness and accuracy. 

By understanding the various cutting methods available and considering important factors such as tool selection, safety precautions, and proper technique, you’ll be well-equipped to tackle any metalworking project with confidence. 

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