Tool Tips – Cutting Aluminium Extrusion cleanly

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When manufacturing aluminium extrusions, they have to be cut to length with the cleanest of finishes to maintain a high-quality standard. Cutting is usually carried out with a lubricant to ensure a smooth process and keep the teeth clear of debris. Lightweight aluminium extrusion are fairly easy to slice with various saws but there is often a debate over the preference for the use of a circular or a band saw.

Circular Saw versus Band Saw

The traditional tool for trimming aluminium extrusions to size has been the circular saw. High-powered models have blades measuring up to fifty inches to cut extrusions of any size with ease. The circular saw has always functioned at a superior rate of speed when compared to the band saw which results in an increased productivity. The cutting action also remains constant throughout the cut. Band saws usually have much thinner blades and are …