If you are like most home machinists, two things scare you. Learning to use a fly cutter and trying make precision cuts. Experienced machinists know that precision requires control. Many hobby machinists aren’t confident when it comes to control. But, control isn’t a problem if start with a quality, ultra precision arbor and saw blade.
See, using an ultra precision saw is nothing more just making small, precise cuts. Doesn’t matter what material you are cutting. It could be wood or metal. But small cuts require precision. Precision means you’ve got to get up close and person with the work area.
Now that you know what makes a precision cut, let’s get sawing. Use these hacks to ace precision cuts:
- Watch your speeds. It’s better to use less speed when you need precision. Just because that blade looks like a circular saw blade doesn’t mean it cuts like one. So, for precision slits and cuts, get in close and run slow. Keep the feed rate low as well.
- Use plenty of lubricant or air to keep the area clean. This isn’t the time to be stingy with lubricant. Flood the workarea if you must.
- Make sure to remove all swarf after every pass. It’s important to keep the cut clean.
- Make sure you always cut in the same direction.
Use an Ultra Precision Arbor
All saw arbors are supposed to keep the saw blade in place. But ultra precision cutting requires extraordinary rigidity. It also requires you to get the blade as close to the work as possible. Most saw arbors are held in place with a cap. This cap can be a problem if a vise is holding the workpiece. If the clamping screw runs afoul of the vise the result is disaster. Ruined work. But the ultra precision arbor sold by The Tool Company solves that problem. It gets a low profile from its deep cap. As a result, you can get the blade closer to the work area than with a standard arbor.
Buy the Best Ultra Precision Arbor
The best ultra precision arbor is found at The Tool Company. This arbor does more than just get you close to the workpiece. Proximity is just the start. Additional benefits are:
- Superior vibration absorption
- Durable Weldon shank
- Extra Long Reach
- 5 Year Warranty
It’s also homegrown. That’s right. The best ultra precision arbor is made in the USA. Order a set of three ultra precision arbors or just buy an individual arbor. Either way, you’ll cut with precision when you cut with an ultra precision arbor.
Every ultra precision saw arbor sold at The Tool Company holds your blade for precision cutting use after use. It doesn’t matter if your CNC application calls for a high speed steel blade or a carbide saw, you need saw arbors as precise as your saw.
Cobalt enhanced high speed steel is the alloy of choice for CNC saws and has been for ages. Alloys are mixtures of metal and the most common HSS mixture includes a generous helping of tungsten and with cobalt added for strength and resistance to wear. Cobalt-enhanced HSS makes working with titanium alloys, stainless steel, and other metals easier.
Because HSS is strong, it is perfect for face mills, slitting saws, and gear cutting.
HSS costs less than carbide and is easier to sharpen to boot.
HSS does have a downside. That is the limitation on speed. HSS can’t run as fast as carbide steel. But, if tool life trumps speed (like in ultra precision cutting) HSS comes out on top.
The Carbide Option for Precision Cutting
In high speed CNC applications, carbide has replaced high speed steel. Carbide may not be as strong as HSS, but it cuts with a greater speed range.
A carbide saw can cut 4 to 12 times faster than HSS. That’s why carbide is well-suited for high speed CNC applications.
If carbide is out of the budget or you need the durability of HSS, then check out how to get more performance from your HSS tools.
Why Use Our Ultra Precision Saw Arbors
No matter the saw blade material, if you are using an ultra precision saw, you need an ultra precision saw arbor. This is true no matter the application. From cutting, grinding, or sharpening tools, if you need precision, you can’t settle for an arbor that chatters or slips. Precision requires control. Control requires an ultra precision saw arbor from The Tool Company.
With a variety of sizes, The Tool Company has the diameter you need in the ultra precision saw arbor you will love. The unique “Vibra-Core Design”, results in a saw arbor that actually absorbs cutter vibration. So you can run at normal depths, feeds, and speeds and maintain productivity without chatter, slipping, or vibration.
You also get the closest cutter to work area on the market when you buy your precision arbor at The Tool Company. Our saw arbors are all made in the USA, feature Weldon shanks, and are covered by a full 5 year warranty.