Maximizing the Potential of Your Abrasive Saw

Abrasive cutoff saws are important machines in most microstructural analysis laboratories. In order to achieve an efficient process and eliminate wasted time, the saws must be maintained in a smooth running condition

Tips for Best Performance of Abrasive Cutter

  • Coolant flow: wet conditions are necessary for performing abrasive sectioning with enough coolant flow for lubrication and corrosion protection purposes
  • Selection of the correct wheel: abrasive type, bond strength, and size are necessary to achieve a high quality cut
  • Tank maintenance: the cutter needs to be washed out frequently and swarf has to be removed regularly to avoid particulate recirculation
  • Humidity trapping can be avoided by keeping the hood open when not in use; Buehler's SmartCut™ feedback systems on automatic saws automatically reduce the feed rate to prevent damage to the sample or machine, ensure consistent burn-free cuts, and reduce wheel breakage

More Troubleshooting Tips

Table 1 Buehler's abrasive cutting recommendations

Recommended Use Bond Abrasive Available Diameters
(Inches) mm
General Usage Blades
Tools, Steels, 60 HRC + Carburized Steels Rubber Resin Al2O3 9, 10, 12, 14, 16, 18 229, 254, 305, 356, 406, 457
Hard Steel 50 HRC Rubber Resin Al2O3 9, 10, 12, 14, 16, 18 229, 254, 305, 356, 406, 457
Medium Hard Steel 35-50 HRC Rubber Resin Al2O3 9, 10, 12, 14, 16, 18 229, 254, 305, 356, 406, 457
Soft or Annealed Steel 15-35 HRC, 46-90 HRB Rubber Al2O3 9, 10, 12, 14, 16, 18 229, 254, 305, 356, 406, 457
Medium Hard Nonferrous Materials, Uranium, Titanium, Zirconium Rubber SiC 9, 10, 12, 14, 16, 18 229, 254, 305, 356, 406, 457
Soft Nonferrous Materials, Alumium, Brass, etc. Rubber SiC 9, 10, 12, 14, 16, 18 229, 254, 305, 356, 406, 457
Superalloys Rubber Al2O3 10, 12, 14, 16, 18 254, 305, 356, 406, 457
Thin Blades to Minimize Kerf Loss and Cutting Deformation
Tool, Hard Steel, ≤ 45 RC Rubber Al2O3 5, 9, 10*, 12, 14 127, 229, 254*, 305, 356
Tool, Hard Steel, ≥ 45 RC Rubber Al2O3 5, 7, 9, 10, 12, 14 127, 178, 229, 254, 305, 356
Hard or Soft Nonferrous Materials Rubber SiC 7 178

* Rubber Resin Bond
Refer to the Buehler Product Catalog for ordering information and exact dimensions of arbor sizes, outer diameter and thickness.

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