Metal Cutting Saws - Choosing the Right Machine for the Job

September 22, 2011

Metal Cutting Saws—Choosing the Right Machine for the Job



September 22, 2011—Philip, S.D.—

A durable metal cutting saw is indispensable for those in industrial and construction fields, but knowing exactly which type of saw is needed can be a challenge.  With all the different types and models available on the market today, it’s important to first assess a number of factors regarding the material being cut.


Fabricating equipment is designed to handle a variety of metals, including iron, steel, and aluminum, but these machines can also be used to cut materials like wood or plastic.  After the types of materials have been identified, next consider the angle and shape of the cut, the size and thickness of the material, and whether or not the material can get hot or needs to remain cold during cutting.


If you’re unsure where to begin, always consult an expert before you make a purchase.  With more than 50 years of experience in the metal fabrication industry, Scotchman Industries has developed a reputation as a leader in machinery production and customer service.


“We like to know what our customers are trying to accomplish, so we ask a lot of questions about their projects,” explained owner Jerry Kroetch.  “Once we’ve determined what kind of materials they are working with, certain dimensions, and what accessories they might need, we’re able to suggest the best machine for the job.”


Once these factors have been outlined, it will be easier to identify the pros and cons of different machines.  Cold saws, for instance, are best suited for cutting sheet metal whereas band saws can cut wood, metal, or even stone.  The band saw, however, is an abrasive saw and may damage any coatings on the metal.


Band saws are stationary with either vertical or horizontal bands. Dependable, straight cutting machines, bands saws have a swing head for mitering without material movement and are ideal for bundle cutting.  Scotchman’s line of Band Saws includes manual, semi-automatic, and fully-automatic versions and all of their machines are compatible with the Scotchman Programmable Stop System, a great asset to increase production and reduce operator error.


For cutting ferrous or non-ferrous material, Kroetch recommends a Scotchman Cold Saw.  Circular cold sawing is unique in that the blade turns at a very low RPM which produces fast, burr-free cuts without sparks.  And, unlike abrasive band saws, heat is transferred away from the cutting surface so that the object being cut will stay cold.  A coolant system is necessary to keep the cold saw blade cool and lubricated.


The expert staff at Scotchman can also offer tips and advice for maintaining your equipment and they are one of the only companies in the industry to offer a three-year warranty on their Ironworkers, Cold Saws, and Band Saws.




About Scotchman Industries

Scotchman Industries, Inc. is a leading producer of metal fabricating equipment, accessories, and custom tools.  Known to be the solution preferred by metal fabricators, Scotchman is proud to offer American-made products, as well as provide dedicated customer service.  A Best-in-the-business 3-year Warranty and Leasing options are also available for qualifying customers.  Visit to learn more about products, request a free catalog, or schedule an on-site demonstration.



3 Year WarrantyAll of our products are designed to increase production, accuracy, and efficiency for our customers. We offer in-house financing and a best-in-the-business warranty on Ironworkers, Cold Saws, Band Saws and Tube & Pipe Notchers.

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