DeWalt DCS373 Blade Specifications:
Blade Length: 19″ (48cm)
Overall Width: 4 3/4″ (11cm)
Cutting Capacity: Up to 7,000 Pieces per Hour (PPM) @ 200 PSI Pressure (220kPa)
Blade Material: Carbon Steel
Weight: 6 lbs., 10 oz. (2.3kg)
Blade Diameter: 2 3/8″ (6cm)
Blade Thickness: 0.0625″ (.24mm)
Blade Finish: Chrome Plated
Maximum Operating Temp.: -40°F (-40°C) to +160°F (+100°C) Degrees Fahrenheit
Max. Air Pressure: 160 psi
DeWALT offers a wide range of high-quality blades for circular saws, jig saws, saber saws, multi-tools and other cutting tools, all designed to help you complete your jobs faster and easier. Our blades are designed to make clean cuts and maximize productivity.
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In the first instance, you should know that we have a detailed page about metal cutting circular saws. You can find it here: metal cutting circular saws. On that page, you find more general information about metal cutting circular saws. If you have any further questions on this topic, you can find the answers in our FAQ.
There, you can find more information on the topic of metal cutting blades as well.
There are many different types of blades designed for wood, metal, drywall and other materials. Each blade is suited to a particular cutting process. A metal cutting blade is designed to cut through soft metals such as aluminum and copper. The blade is coated in tungsten carbide which allows it to effectively cut through the metal.
The great advantage of a metal cutting blade is that it allows you to cut through metals that you would not be able to cut through using a blade for wood. For example, using a wood cutting blade to make cuts in copper tubing would result in the blade becoming dull very quickly and might not work effectively at all with very thin copper tubing. Using a metal cutting blade would allow you to make this cut quickly and easily.
It is important that the metal cutting blade is kept sharp. If the blade becomes even a little blunt it will not be able to effectively cut through the metal and could become stuck halfway through a cut. This could potentially lead to the blade snapping or the tubing being damaged, neither of which are good results. By keeping the blade sharp you not only get a cleaner cut but you also increase the lifespan of the blade.
Metal cutting blades are available in both rip and paddle types. The paddle type blades look like a wide chisel and can be used to cut out sections of metal or even scraped along a straight edge to cleanly trim a sheet of metal. Rip blades are like very wide knives and are designed to cut through a large amount of metal quickly. They cannot, however, be used for cutting out sections or scraping along a straight edge.
Metal cutting blades can be used for a variety of tasks that you might not think of as metal cutting. For example, if you need to cut through thin metal such as aluminum flashing you would use a metal cutting blade in your circular saw. Other common uses for metal cutting blades include cutting metal roofing, gutters and downspouts.
Metal cutting blades can be kept sharp using a standard blade sharpener or they can be sent away to be professionally re-sharpened. If you choose to re-sharpen the blade yourself, it is important to not over sharpen it. Over time, as the blade wears away, tiny teeth are lost. As long as some of the teeth are still present a professional sharpening service or DIY sharpening system can give the blade a new edge by regrinding only the missing teeth.
This will keep your metal cutting blade performing well for a long time.
Metal cutting blades come is a range of sizes depending on the size of tubing you are likely to be cutting. For example, if you are cutting 1 inch tubing a 5 inch blade would be suitable, however if you are cutting 1/2 inch tubing a 5 inch blade would not be suitable and you would need to look for a smaller blade, perhaps a 2 1/2 inch blade. The size of blade you need for a particular job will depend on the size of tubing you need to cut and what type of blade you prefer to use.
Metal cutting blades are available at most hardware stores and home improvement centers and can be purchased individually or in packs of multiple blades.
Metal Cutting Blade Considerations
Type of metal: different types of metal require different blades. For example, a paddle blade works well for non-ferrous metals such as aluminum but not for ferrous metals such as iron or steel.
Blade size: the size of blade you need will depend on the size of tubing you wish to cut. For example, a 5 inch blade is suitable for cutting 1 inch tubing but would not be suitable for cutting 1/2 inch tubing.
One or two-edge: some blades are available with one edge and some are available with two edges. Double-edged blades obviously cut faster than single-edged blades but they also require a special guard to be used when cutting. Most single edged blades do not require a guard to be used.
When cutting any sort of metal, it is important to wear safety goggles or some other form of eye protection. Even a small piece of metal flying into your eye can cause serious injury.
1. Consider the type of metal you wish to cut: different types of blade are suitable for different types of metal.
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