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slim j
08-28-2007, 02:51 PM
I am trying to make some cutouts out of 16 or 18ga steel. Is it okay to cut them out with a jigsaw or a router?

Will it tear up my jig saw?

Any suggestions?

bonesninja
08-28-2007, 02:52 PM
ummm no.

DBfan187
08-28-2007, 02:54 PM
with the appropriate blade I'd say yes.

ramos
08-28-2007, 02:55 PM
YOu can cut steel with a jigsaw if you use metal cutting blades . Probably the reason they make metal cutting blades for them :)

bonesninja
08-28-2007, 02:56 PM
bandsaw is much better...but yeah i should have specified with metal cutting blades....but you better have it clamped down real good to cut sheet metal.

ramos
08-28-2007, 02:56 PM
http://www.boschtools.com/accessories/accessories-detail.htm?H=176310&G=54789

:)

slim j
08-28-2007, 02:57 PM
Up to how thick? I was going to cut some diamond plate.

I did not see any metal cutting blades for the router.

ramos
08-28-2007, 02:57 PM
bandsaw is much better...but yeah i should have specified with metal cutting blades....but you better have it clamped down real good to cut sheet metal.

yep bandsaw would be better , if I'm feeling spicy I will break out the plasma cutter :)

ramos
08-28-2007, 02:58 PM
Up to how thick? I was going to cut some diamond plate.

I did not see any metal cutting blades for the router.



No no for the router . don't really know how thick , I usually don't cut it with a jigsaw. :)

slim j
08-28-2007, 02:59 PM
Is steel ferrous?

ferrous means it contains iron...As the chemical symbol if Iron is FE. I do not know if steel contains iron.

ramos
08-28-2007, 02:59 PM
Considering steel is iron with other stuff added I hope it does :)

slim j
08-28-2007, 03:01 PM
Gotcha...I didn't know what steel was made of.


What is the difference between HSS and Bi-Metallic?

Which is better?

ramos
08-28-2007, 03:09 PM
Hss usually stands for high speed steel and is sometimes called hhss hard high speed steel . Strong arse blades that usually last longer than regular blades , but are more prone to breaking because of the stiffness


Bi metallic usually means the actual cutting portion of the blade is made of hss and is welded to a backing of spring steel to give the blade a little flex . and it also makes the blade more forgiving as far as stress on it goes ( pushing to hard instead of letting the saw do the work ) :)

ramos
08-28-2007, 03:11 PM
as to which is better , it really depends on the user and the application . I would go with bimettalic if for no other reason the extra give in them makes them a little safer for the user :)

bonesninja
08-28-2007, 03:15 PM
steel is an alloy....most made of iron and carbon.

ramos
08-28-2007, 03:16 PM
steel is an alloy....most made of iron and carbon.



alloy , that's the word I was looking for :)

slim j
08-28-2007, 03:31 PM
Since I am cutting circles, I am going to go with the bi-metallic.

Flipx99
08-28-2007, 03:43 PM
What about cutting diamond plate?

Sorry for the thread jack

ramos
08-29-2007, 10:24 AM
What about cutting diamond plate?

Sorry for the thread jack

aluminium diamond plate ? Sure flip it over and cut it on the not raised side and it's a piece of cake :)

iamamp3pimp
09-01-2007, 05:10 PM
what dont you know ramos.....

you know almost everything,....

lol