Gone are the days when you first started machining. Was your first machine an end mill? Did fly cutters terrify you?  As a seasoned machinist, do you get the most out of your tools? Stretch your mind and skills. Think out of the box. Here’s new slitting saw and slitting saw arbor uses. Maybe one will spark your imagination.

saw arbors hold saw bladesSlice it Off

No, don’t use your slitting saw arbor and blade to remove a finger or other body part. But that doesn’t mean you can’t cut a part off and finish it by hand. The result won’t be the same as with a fly cutter, but it is an alternative. On a 3 axis mill, just cut the piece off with a slitting saw. Once removed, finish the underside by hand. This is the perfect solution for machining a very thin part or working on a piece that is particularly hard to hold. Just cut it off and finish it by hand. Hand finishing the piece saves time. If you ruin the work with a machine finish, you’ve got to start over. It wastes time, money, and material.

Cut a Relief Slot

Does your part need a little relief? Don’t let it break. Cut a relief slot and prevent a break.

Relief slots provide just enough give without destroying the integrity of the part.

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Cut your relief slot with a slitting saw. Hold the blade firmly in place with a slitting saw arbor and make the slot in just one or two passes. A slitting saw arbor with a deep cap and low profile will get you as close as you need to be.

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Selecting a Slitting Saw and Slitting Saw Arbor

Because slitting saws are thin and run fast, they get hot fast too. Select a carbide blade  if the budget allows. While steel is less expensive, carbide lasts longer.

No matter the blade material, use copious amounts of fluid. Did you know that slitting saws run hot? Of course you do, we just told you! A flood of coolant lets you cut long and cut fast.

Picking the slitting saw arbor is easy. Just buy one at The Tool Company. Their deep, low profile caps  get your blade close. The “Vibra Core” design absorbs vibration. Anytime you reduce vibration you reduce runout.

The slitting saw arbor made in America for American machinists. Just like everything at The Tool Company. Buy yours today and start looking at the slitting saw differently. It’s one of the most versatile and underused tools in your box.



You can start with the best equipment and the finest blade. But, if you don’t use a high quality saw arbor, the right fluid and the proper feeds and speeds you won’t end up with a quality cut. Quality cuts come from quality saw arbors.

saw arbors hold saw bladesHow Slitting Saw Cuts Differ

The internet is packed with forums for machinists. One of the most common denizens of these forums are those with slitting saw cuts. They complain about broken blades, broken arbors, and tons of destroyed work pieces. If it can go wrong in cutting, it will probably go wrong with a slitting saw cut. But  some times you just need that slender cut from a slitting saw.

Pros. Slitting saws excel when you need a very slender cut. No, they aren’t designed for thick cuts or particularly deep cuts.  But that doesn’t mean you can’t cut fairly deep. It’s harder to get a thin slot with an end mill than a slitting saw.

Cons. Don’t hurry. Slow speeds are the norm for most slitting saws. This is especially true when the blade is large. Feed speeds are also slow. But that doesn’t mean you can let the blade dwell. Slitting saws demand copious amounts of cutting oil or lubricant. Sometimes it is hard to get fluid to the cutting site if the slit is particularly thin or deep.

Be Generous with Fluid

No matter the material or blade, use generous amounts of lubricant. Slitting saw blades are very thin. They are also incredibly fragile. That’s why they break so easy and confound those forum denizens.

The saw blade has been heat treated to keep it hard and sharp. As the blade cuts, it generates friction. Friction creates heat; and heat destroys the blade treatment and dulls the blade quickly. Chips and/or  work material  fuse to the blade. Now you’ve ruined the work and murdered the blade.

Plenty of cutting oil or lubricant provides a constant cooling. It keeps the blade clear of chips. It is good to be generous with your fluid.

ultra precision arborUse a Quality Saw Arbor

If you have an awesome machine, a spectacular blade, and a truckload of coolant, don’t ruin things with a crap saw arbor.

Many cheap, imported arbors flood the market. With tools, you always get what you pay for. Don’t pay much, don’t get much. Those imported arbors are warped. That’s a real problem for true horizontal cuts.

One internet forum denizen complains his saw was wandering like a drunk sheepherder. The group told him to get with it and get a good arbor. That would be like  a saw arbor from The Tool Company!

slitting saw arbors american madeSlitting Saw Arbors, Precision Arbors, and More

Whether you need an arbor for precision cutting or a quality slitting saw arbor, trust The Tool Company for arbors that are true and designed for CNC applications.

The Tool Company can set you up with slitting saw arbors that fit blades from ¼” to 1 ¼”. Complete with deep, low profile caps to reduce slippage. Forget the drunk sheepherder. Think reliable sheep dog.

Every saw arbor is USA made. No cheap imports that aren’t true. Order your slitting saw arbor today and say good-by to broken blades and ruined work. Hello clean slots.


By the beginning of the year, most people are tired of celebrating. Not The Tool Company. We’re not done celebrating by far. We’re celebrating the slitting saw arbor today. And we’re celebrating other saw arbors too. If Arbor Day can celebrate trees, January 10 can celebrate the Slitting Saw Arbor. The average person thinks arbors are leafy areas. But to a machinist, an arbor is the bar or shaft holding a spinning cutting tool. So, let’s celebrate the slitting saw arbor and make today Saw Arbor Day.

slitting saw arbor setThe Slitting Saw Arbor

The slitting saw and the slotting make narrow cuts. These saws need an arbor that keeps the blade steady. This is even more important if you are run at high speeds. Slitting and slotting saws work best if you don’t make those deep slits or slots in one pass.  Get the best results using the same peck cycle used for drilling. Yes, a good slitting saw arbor holds your blade on the vertical or horizontal, but it can’t protect the blade from heating up and fouling if you run too fast.

Slitting saw arbors must be different. Because many slitting saw cuts are deep, the slitting saw arbor has an extra long reach. They must be the NBA players of the machine shop.

Slitting saws get up close to their work. So, slitting saw arbors must get the cutter as close as possible.

The slitting saw arbor is a hard working tool. That’s why we say “Hoo Rah” for the slitting saw arbor.

The Ultra Precision Arbor

set of saw arborsThe slitting saw arbor may work slow, but the ultra precision arbor is all about speed. High speed cobalt and carbide saws require a steady arbor. They provide extra support and prevent cutter slippage. Their weldon shank and hub configuration provides the rigidity necessary for small tools. They excel at high speed CNC applications.

The ultra precision arbor works hard at engraving, micromachining, or grinding. They don’t complain; the just do their job.  Hoo Rah for the ultra precision arbor.

General Purpose Arbors

 saw arborThe slitting saw arbor and the ultra precision arbor are specialists. But, the general purpose arbor is the polar opposite. It is the unsung hero of arbors. It holds all of the other saw blades. The general purpose arbor absorbs vibrations, gets the cutter close to the work piece and does it all with rigidity. This hard-working arbor doesn’t chatter. It is testament to the virtue of hard work. Day in and day out it keeps the blade from straying.  Yipee for the general reach arbor.

Every Day is Arbor Day at The Tool Company

The Tool Company  sells the highest quality saw arbors made. Every day is Arbor Day at The Tool Company. Every slitting saw arbor has a deep profile cap. You get up close and personal with the cutter. The cutter gets close to the work. That’s something to celebrate.

Every tool we sell is made in the USA.  A full 5 year warranty is standard on every product. Celebrate Saw Arbor Day with the best. Order your slitting saw arbor, ultra precision saw arbor, or general purpose arbor today.

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