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andrewm

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I'm not sure that this even qualifies as 'General Woodworking' but I have a requirement to cut a strip of 3mm thick anodized aluminium lengthwise and my Basato 3 is the best way that I can think of to do it. But, what blade should I use and do I need any lubrication? Anything else I should be aware of?

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Fine tooth as possible and no lubrication needed, i cut lots of metals on my bandsaw and with my SCMS

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If you need lubrication, (any sign of metal swarf sticking to blade) then use plain paraffin. But be aware that although it will dry off rapidly from table surface, sawdust under/in machine will be saturated and should be cleaned out asap. Also the tyres on your machine may not be impervious to any coolants if it is marketed for woodwork use.
 

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Andrew... I do this all the time at work...

tpi around 12-15 or so, no need for lube and let the blade do the work; using a fence to guide will vastly enhance the quality of the cut, needing minimal clean up time...

Downside is that you'll need to thoroughly clean the saw afterwards, inside and out; the swarf gets everywhere... pay particular attention to your tyres and guides...
 

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