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In industry, much fabrication uses steel with cross-sections or profiles of less than 50mm. To cater for this application, international band saw blade manufacturer Wikus has introduced the Vario M42 all-purpose band saw blade. While this precision cutting blade is designed for all-purpose use, it offers the user a consistently high blade life combined with smooth, quiet operation.

First Cut The Vario M42The Vario M42 offers a number of advantages when cutting thin-walled profiles and solid materials with relatively small cross-sections. The Vario M42 provides a consistently extended blade life, allowing production planning to be improved, as allowance will not need to be made for unscheduled, or more frequent, blade changes. The Vario M42 has been given a ‘super finish’ on its surfaces, which will, in turn, give sawing machine carrier bands a greatly improved lifespan.

With this new blade, Wikus has striven for a high-precision setting of the teeth which gives an excellent finish to the completed cut. The sharper cutting edges of the Vario M42's teeth reduce burr formation and subsequent rework. Variable tooth pitch and a 0˚ rake angle ensure that the Vario M42 is smooth and quiet in operation.

Wikus also recently introduced an upgrade to the Selekta GS Premium M42 blade. This blade now features a hard material coating and a patented tooth design for ultra-high cutting performance. After cutting, the Selekta GS effectively eliminates the need for rework such as deburring, as the design of the blade gives an excellent surface quality in the cut. In addition, the bandsaw’s exact gating conserves material, while the back-edge coating on the Selekta GS reduces overall friction and vibration. The Selekta GS can be used to cut solid material and metals of up to 1400 N/mm2 tensile strength.

Another new product from Wikus is the Marathon M42 blade, which can be used to cut any number of materials both quickly and economically. The company has optimised the tooth geometry of the Marathon M42, which promises increased blade life of up to 20% thanks to the improved characteristics of the product. With the Marathon M42’s universal application, it is possible to cut various materials in succession without the need for time consuming blade changes. As the Marathon M42 gives exceptionally straight cuts, material usage is diminished while the superior surface of the cuts eliminates the need for expensive rework.

Wikus blades are available locally from First Cut.

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