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Offline par

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Cut metal doors
« on: April 09, 2019, 12:32 PM »
Hi. To cut these types of doors, is there a machine to use it with some kind of guide?
I am interested with a guide, so that the cut is straight and clean.
I've seen the DSC Festool, but I do not know if it could be a metal disc and cut with it. I'm talking about a disc to cut metal without teeth. The normal discs to cut metal.
I understand that with the discs to cut metal, with teeth, the teeth wear out very quickly.
I have the Festool TS55, in case it helps me.
I'm interested in not being crazy and that when it's time to cut it's safe. Thanks and regards.

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Offline Cheese

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Re: Cut metal doors
« Reply #1 on: April 09, 2019, 01:46 PM »
The problem with using an abrasive wheel to cut this door is the abrasive wheel heats up the surface to”burn” through the metal while a saw blade cuts cooler by removing metal chips. If you do use an abrasive wheel, there will be a 3-5 mm strip of burned paint & primer alongside the cut. This will then have to be sanded, primed & painted.

I believe CMT Europe offers a steel cutting blade for the TS 55 saw. Just turn down the rpm on the TS.

As far as tooth life goes, if you get the proper steel cutting blade, it’ll last a long time. I cut stainless all the time and that stuff is tough on metal blades.

Offline Tom Gensmer

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Re: Cut metal doors
« Reply #2 on: April 09, 2019, 01:54 PM »
Use a toothed blade design for cutting ferrous metal. If you can get an aftermarket blade for your TS55 that’s great, otherwise you can buy a dedicated metal-cutting saw and make your own shooting board or just Clamp a straightedge. As Cheese said, an appropriate toothed blade should last a long time....
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Online Jiggy Joiner

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Re: Cut metal doors
« Reply #3 on: April 09, 2019, 02:00 PM »
I agree with Cheese, you need a metal cutting blade on a lower speed. Are they aluminium, as they look like some aluminium powder coated panels, that we sometimes work with in the UK?

I have cut aluminium panels like this with a jigsaw with a suitable blade, and straight edge with good results.

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Re: Cut metal doors
« Reply #4 on: April 10, 2019, 05:07 AM »
Sorry bit late, Not sure if its helps but we sell a lot of the 493351 (Flat tooth Saw blade for steel) to a local Steel door manufacturer.
Works very well i'm told.

(Obviously only fits the TS75)
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Offline Cheese

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Re: Cut metal doors
« Reply #5 on: April 10, 2019, 09:25 AM »
Are they aluminium, as they look like some aluminium powder coated panels, that we sometimes work with in the UK?

As Jiggy pointed out, if that is aluminum then Festool sells an aluminum blade for the TS 55 in Europe, the 495373 or the newer version 496307.


Offline Carman

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Re: Cut metal doors
« Reply #6 on: April 10, 2019, 11:41 AM »
I’ve worked in a door shop for years, they “should” be a standard metal door, I use the TS55 with the guide and metal cutting blade offered from festool, your choice, but a have not seen an aluminum (or aluminium depending on your side of the pond) since it would be even softer than the metal and dent/ding very easy.

Offline Michael Kellough

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Re: Cut metal doors
« Reply #7 on: April 10, 2019, 12:03 PM »
Distinction between metals should be made. At least between ferrous and non-ferrous.

From what Carman says a “standard metal door” is made of steel so you probably want a blade for cutting ferrous metals. The thickness of the steel skin will be very thin so you want a blade with more teeth.

There are several brands of ferrous cutting saw blades with 20mm arbors with various diameters. You’ll need one the size of a typical Festool blade or smaller.

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Online Jiggy Joiner

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Re: Cut metal doors
« Reply #8 on: April 10, 2019, 03:54 PM »
Yes, the reason I mentioned aluminium is, because we have types of doors over here that can take either a double glazed sealed unit, or a P.V.C.u. or more expensive aluminium decorative twin skinned panel. They have the same insulation as the OP's photos, and are strong and durable, so as he's in Spain, I wondered.
One of the pros of the panels is, they can be changed to give a completely different design and look. They cut quite easily too.  Obviously steel is a different ball game though.
« Last Edit: April 10, 2019, 03:57 PM by Jiggy Joiner »

Offline rst

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Re: Cut metal doors
« Reply #9 on: April 10, 2019, 09:48 PM »
I cut steel doors regularly using dedicated blades for steel.  I do not use my Festool but use either my 18v Milwaukee or my corded Makita.  I often cut for height but also cut in door lite kit retrofits without removing the door from the frame.  Love the steel cutting carbide blades usually Amana or AGE.