Ensuring Cut-Off Saw Safety: Using Proper Cut-Off Saw Blades

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Cut-off saws are powerful tools designed to make quick and precise cuts through various materials, ranging from concrete and metal to asphalt. Operators must remember that the key to both safety and optimal performance lies in using blades specifically designed for cut-off saws.

Use The Right Tool for the Job

Cut-off saws are engineered to handle demanding cutting tasks, but their efficiency heavily relies on using the right blades. Blades designed for these saws are equipped to withstand the intense heat and forces generated during cutting, ensuring longevity and performance.

Using wheels that are not approved for your cut-off machine may be more likely to shatter, break or cause other problems, such as wheel wobble and/or increased reactive forces. Use only wheels with approved RPM ratings for your cut-off machine. A recent bulletin from Stihl outlines a few blades that are unsafe to use on Stihl Cut-Off Saws:

Carbide Tipped or Circular Saw Blades - Never use carbide-tipped, woodcutting or circular saw blade on STIHL Cutquik cut-off machines. Such blades can greatly increase the risk of loss of control and cause severe or fatal injury from reactive forces, including kickback, blade contact or thrown objects/carbide tips.

Diamond Wheels with Abrasive Material on the Side -  Diamond wheels with abrasive material on the sides are not authorized by STIHL. Such abrasive material may increase reactive forces in a pinch situation and the risk of serious or fatal injury.

Proper Diamond Blade Safety

One of the primary reasons for emphasizing the use of designated blades is safety. Cut-off saws operate at high speeds and generate considerable heat. Blades designed for these saws are equipped with features such as reinforced cores and special bonding agents to handle the heat and stress associated with the cutting process. Using blades not intended for cut-off saws can lead to overheating, blade warping, or even catastrophic failure, endangering both the operator and anyone nearby.

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