Aluminium is a silvery-white, soft, non-magnetic metal. Aluminium is the most abundant metal in the Earth’s crust and has about one-third the density and stiffness of steel. This means it can easily be machined, cast, drawn and extruded.
Aluminium’s properties are low density and corrosion resistant. Aluminium is also recyclable without the loss of its natural qualities.
What Industries is Aluminium used for?
Aluminium is considered a non-ferrous material and the most widely used non-ferrous metal. It is almost always alloyed. Alloyed aluminium has improved mechanical properties. The most commonly used industries for aluminium are as follows:
Transportation (aerospace, cars, etc.) and come in the form of sheet, tube or castings.
These companies are most likely to use metal cutting band saw blades to separate the aluminium into pieces
Packaging (cans, foil, frame)
Construction (doors, windows, siding, etc.)
What Types of Machines are used to Cut Aluminium?
Aluminium is most commonly cut with circular saws. Carbide-tipped circular saw blades are the most common blades used to cut aluminium. TecSaw offers the BOMAR circular saw machine AL line specifically designed for cutting profiles and solids made of aluminium and aluminium alloys All three machines in the line more or less have the same design features but different cutting capacities.
For automatic aluminium cutting we sell the KASTO speed M series. These are high-speed fully automatic high performance circular saws designed for highly efficient cutting of non-ferrous materials.
In the past band saws were less likely used to cut aluminium, this has changed due to the variety of speeds and feeds available on band saws. Aluminium can be cut with several different types of band saw blades. Carbide-bandsaw blades, such as the Wikus 545 FUTURA PLUS or the WIKUS FUTURA PREMIUM AL are specifically designed for aluminium and aluminum alloys. For more information on carbide-tipped blades. If cost is a factor, a bi-metal band saw blade can also be used to cut aluminium as it is able to cut a variety of materials. Also look at WIKUS bi-metal bandsaw blades.
TecSaw International has been supplying cutting products, cutting machines and band saw blades to Canada’s leading businesses for several years. Not only do we offer sales of new and used machines, we also offer services like blade sharpening, blade retooling and machine retooling. Whether you are looking for a blade, a saw or some other cutting item, we stock it all!
Give us a call on 905-670-5785 if you have any questions in regards to cutting aluminium and we’d be happy to answer them.