Our best steel saws for fabricators

Our best steel saws for fabricators

Providing the best saws for cutting steel requires particular consideration to footprint, weight and structure of the machine frame, motor efficiency, speed, accuracy, and durability of blades, amongst other factors. It’s our job to provide the latest cutting edge technology to users, but it helps to know exactly why our machinery is highly sophisticated.

The longer the lifespan of a blade, the better, but for steel cutting, substantial savings can be made simply by not having to replace a saw blade more often than required. There are several ways steel cutting saws can promote this through design and materials, making your investment worthwhile.

How does the machinery design affect your steel saw?

At Ficep, the capabilities of each machine cover every possible need to reduce and eliminate damage to the saw blades, starting with the frame and weight of the machines. Blades must be robust enough to withstand the heat and friction caused when continuous cutting through the steel. When looking to purchase a new sawing machine, a welded portal frame structure and a stiff arc, along with twin horizontal vices and twin vertical hold downs reduces vibration and therefore minimises the overheating and consequent snapping of the blade. The physical weight is also something to keep in mind when looking over options. The heavier your machine the better it absorbs vibration. In the long run, this means less replacement costs and increased productivity; both important purchasing requirements when choosing your machine.

Another worthwhile feature to look out for that could really increase the lifespan of a saw blade is a machined gap in the lower frame for the saw blade to clear when finishing the stroke. This non-sacrificial bed both reduces impact on the blade and means that the bed of the machine is protected from damage. This is undoubtedly beneficial for reducing replacement costs of the machine bed and damaged blades also for ensuring a greater return of investment when purchasing machines with this feature.

Why does the blade design matter for your steel saw?

To further increase the longevity of the blades, the length and material coating plays a major role and is something to research when looking to buy a new steel saw. The longer the blade, the longer the cutting area before twisting to complete another rotation, minimising the amount of torsion and therefore increasing blade life.

The blade’s construction also determines how long it will last. At Ficep our range of machines are servo hydraulically controlled, allowing us to use carbide tipped blades that can cut at much faster speeds. Carbide tipped blades are able to cut at faster speeds as they are much more robust and reduce the risk of the blade overheating and consequently snapping, increasing productivity and dramatically reducing costs for the consumable saw blade.

While there is a wide range of different features to look out for when considering and researching an investment into new steel saws, these are some of the key things to consider and ensure that you get the most out of your purchase. At Ficep we’ve done all the hard work for you by selecting the most advanced range of machines to choose from, making productivity, efficiency, and reduced downtime a design priority. If you would like to know more about the full range of saws available for different applications and options we have to offer then you can view  these using this link: https://www.ficep.co.uk/equipment