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Old 02-18-2017, 10:59 PM
Jeff Freelove Jeff Freelove is offline
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Default 3/8" Aluminum Plate - the EZ way

My friend has a ceramics machine shop. He does work for the semiconductor industry. Well, he bid a job working 3/8" aluminum plate. Which comes in 4'x 8' sheets and had to be broken down BEFORE he could mill it. No problem for 10' of track and a non-ferrous blade.

First Photo - Ripping the sheet into 3 strips approx. 16" x 8' long

Second Photo- Crosscutting a 4'x4' into 8" strips.

He said the cut edges were cut very clean, no burrs.
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Old 02-19-2017, 01:58 PM
JamesMac JamesMac is offline
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thats pretty cool! I am new to the EZ world and glad to see that new uses for the gear are pretty much limited to imagination. Just curious, when you are cutting aluminum like that, is the blade throwing a lot of shavings around? Are there any concerns besides eye protection?

Dallas area
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Old 02-19-2017, 03:56 PM
sean9c sean9c is offline
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Add a few drops of Relton A-9 cutting fluid on the blade and it'll cut super clean. Cutting aluminum does throw a lot of chips and can be loud, so wear protection.
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Old 02-19-2017, 04:27 PM
TooManyToys TooManyToys is offline
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Picture 2. Yeah, a lot of chips. So does routing aluminum.
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Old 02-20-2017, 09:35 PM
Dino Dino is offline
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I cut many aluminum plates and extrusions using
whatever blade was in the saw.
Some times with missing teeth...

At the old shop in NJ...all factories and shops around me was
coming to the ez-shop for cutting and milling stuff that cannot be done in their 100K machines due to limited capacity in length and few other problems.
Like clamping and taking forever to make special jigs for a simple cut.
We use the tunnel routing method and guide the materials in a way that nothing can go wrong. I had few videos done with machinists doing amazing things
in any material and achieving unbelievable accuracy.

I remember the good days when all ez stuff was done using
ez stuff and few ez jigs.

best CS for cutting aluminum was a worm drive.

ycf dino
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Old 02-20-2017, 11:03 PM
sean9c sean9c is offline
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I've a friend who is an aluminum boatbuilder. Most of his cutting is done with a CS. He says the most durable saw is the Skil worm drive.
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