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Forum topic by BroncoBrian posted 07-10-2018 02:13 AM 1268 views 0 times favorited 16 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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07-10-2018 02:13 AM

I have a pair of Kreg bars that I am about to use for a crosscut sled. But like an idiot, I waiting long enough to use them and they made a trip to the floor.

I have two small depressions on the corners of each. I can take a file to the bar or trim an inch off.

Which would you do?

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#1 posted 07-10-2018 02:13 AM

Same question I guess for the T Track I bought as well. Need to cut to length.

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#2 posted 07-10-2018 02:14 AM

just take a file to the bar, aluminum files pretty quickly.

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#3 posted 07-10-2018 02:18 AM

File it.

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#4 posted 07-10-2018 02:29 AM

Thanks, and yes, that was much simpler than I expected. It filed very easily and I have a nice even bevel on each end now on all sides. Looks good.

Thanks!

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#5 posted 07-10-2018 02:47 AM

you would be surprised at how many people actually cut aluminum stock
on their regular ole wood cutting miter saw and table saw.

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#6 posted 07-10-2018 03:54 AM



you would be surprised at how many people actually cut aluminum stock
on their regular ole wood cutting miter saw and table saw.

- John Smith

YES!!

I’ve seen where people will change the TS blade to another blade and use it to cut aluminum… Cut slowly… and tidy the cut with a file to remove the sharp edges…

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#7 posted 07-10-2018 11:13 AM

That is the nice thing about aluminum, W/o us wood blades will cut it. They do dull faster, obviously. But if you have a band saw you can get a metal cutting blade for it and that keeps an edge better.

Brian

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#8 posted 07-10-2018 12:06 PM

I have never put a metal cutting blade on my M/S or T/S to cut aluminum.
I have used the same 12”x80T blade on my Dewalt M/S for years and cut
a lot of aluminum stock. Being a signmaker, I use a lot of aluminum forms
for bracing and framing sign material. Plus a lot for my aluminum boat stuff.
of course it is Your Saw = Your Call. just be SAFE about it.

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#9 posted 07-10-2018 12:11 PM

If it’s a carbide tipped blade it will cut that Kreg stock with ease.

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#10 posted 07-10-2018 12:14 PM



If it s a carbide tipped blade it will cut that Kreg stock with ease.

- pontic

You got that right!

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#11 posted 07-10-2018 08:25 PM

I used to cut aluminum with my wood cutting blade, but I recently got an aluminum cutting blade and it works way better. The only difference is the aluminum blade has negative rake on the teeth as opposed to a positive rake on the wood cutting blade, but for a one off cut, the wood blade will work. Make sure you wear eye protection as the chips are hot

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#12 posted 07-11-2018 12:53 AM

I wouldn’t use a high ATB blade just for the faster dulling properties of aluminum vs wood, but flat tooth or TCG grind have at it.

My biggest worry is the electrically conductive and highly abrasive chips being in the saws moving and electrical parts.

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#13 posted 07-11-2018 12:54 AM

Can always go to the old reliable hacksaw or metal blade on a sawzall

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#14 posted 07-11-2018 01:03 AM

I keep an old carbide tipped circular saw blade handy for cutting non-ferrous metals, just so I don’t trash a good blade. I also reduce the speed of the saw to around 1/2 to 2/3 of full speed, which helps as well.

Cheers,
Brad

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#15 posted 07-11-2018 12:52 PM

Any carbide-tipped saw blade will cut aluminum quite easily. Sure, it’ll dull a bit faster, but if it’s just two bars that’s not an issue. I’ve cut plenty of aluminum on my miter and table saws.

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