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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Jan 2005

    Question 6" slitting saw speeds and feeds?


    I'm new to machining and need your help.

    I'm cutting a 1.800" deep slot in 4140 tube. The diameter is 1.400 and the wall thickness is .400". I have a 6" x .64 x 1 HSS jewelers saw with 232 teeth

    I've tried the RPM=CSx4/D and F=f*u*N method and come up with crazy numbers.

    Can someone run through the process of setting up feeds and speeds for this cut.



  2. #2
    Join Date
    Jul 2002


    Are you sure it isn't
    .064 thick? I'm getting 80-100 fpm

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Apr 2001


    What are your crazy numbers? Just a WAG, I'd guess 58 rpm might be reasonable.

    That 6" dia. saw is giving you 1.7 feet/rev, more or less, and if you go on the high end of Rustybolt's fpm estimate, you get 100/1.7 or about 58 rpm.
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    This might be sound like heresy but I do that kind of work now with a reinforced cutoff wheel. I mount it in the slitting saw arbor, crank the mill up as fast as it will go (which is only 2800 or so) and bear in. It doesn't hold slot width quite as well as a slitting saw will, but most of my cuts are things like slotted arbors which aren't critical. I have used this for slots in yokes, and one can raise or lower a few thousandths and shave a little more off a sidewall for fit if need be. I've got a couple .040" thick wheels which is as fine as I can go, and some thicker. Haven't broken one yet (knock on wood) but since it's mounted in the mill there's no twisting moment on the disk. I think the greatest danger would be feeding too fast causing an unstable wobble, but it will feed in amazingly fast and sure beats that old grunch, grunch, grunch of the low speed slitting saws.

    On the slitting saw feed/speed question though, 100 fpm is a good number for mild steel, which would be about 67 rpm for the 6" saw. With 232 teeth, taking a .0005" feed per tooth, would be .116" travel per revolution of the cutter. Times 67 rpm would be about 7 3/4 inches per minute feedrate. In reality, given a little eccentricity of the arbor, you won't be cutting evenly on all teeth so I'd take no more than about 1/4 of that or roughly 2 ipm.

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  5. #5
    Join Date
    Jan 2005


    Yes, it's .064". My bad.

    Thanks for all your help guys. Which formulas did you use?

    Crazy numbers??? how about feeding 11.6mm/revolution @100rpm. Yikes.


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