Category:Abrasive Cut-Off Saws

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Abrasive Cut-Off Saws

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This document is an internal Artisan's Asylum training document and is provided "as is", to be used as a reference only. Use of this document for any purposes other than as reference material (i.e., for the purposes of training and testing users on tools or equipment by other commercial entities or individuals) is not advised. In no event shall the authors of this material, or Artisan's Asylum, Inc., be liable for any claim, damages, or other liability whether in action or contract, arising from, out of, or in connection with the use of the information in this document for training, testing, or on-going safe use of fabrication equipment. Please consult your own lawyers and subject matter experts if you are looking to develop your own safety curriculum for fabrication equipment operation. Tool operators are responsible for their own safety, including reading and understanding the owners manual for this equipment and all of the warnings it contains.



Abrasive cut-off saws use iron-oxide wheels to cut through ferrous materials much faster than traditional bladed tools.

Personal Protective Equipment

  • Standard shop personal protective equipment (safety glasses, no long hair, no flowing clothes, etc.) are required
  • Cotton clothing (i.e., no plastic blends) is suggested
  • A face shield is suggested
  • Hearing protection is suggested

Safe Operation

  • Angle the adjustable vise as needed for the cut.
  • Flip open the half-nut to quickly open and close the vise.
  • Securely clamp workpiece in the vise. Ensure the half-nut is completely engaged.
  • Properly support the ends of the material if they significantly overhang the edge of the saw base.
  • Check for, and remove, combustible materials near the chop saw before use.
  • Warn nearby shop users that the saw is about to be used for every cut.
  • Depress on/off trigger and lower the saw through the material. Do not force the blade to move quickly.
  • If the saw starts to slow, lighten the pressure on the handle. If the saw jams, immediately release the on/off trigger and retract the saw.
  • Only cut one piece of material at a time.
  • Do not move the workpiece until saw blade has stopped spinning.

Common Maintenance Operations

  • Check to make sure the cutting wheel is not worn, chipped or coated in a non-ferrous metal before operation.

Allowable Materials

  • Only steel may be cut on the abrasive cut-off saw. No non-ferrous materials may be cut on the cut-off saw.

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