The Best Cutting Tools For Scrapping

We all know scrapping is a demanding job. It requires the right tools to cut down and process various materials efficiently. Whether cutting through aluminum, motors, or air conditioning units, having the right cutting tools can significantly improve productivity while making the whole process much safer. Let’s discuss some of the top cutting tools that every scrap metal recycler should consider, along with recommendations for specific products and their uses.

Angle Grinders

Typical Uses: Angle grinders are versatile tools, perfect for cutting, grinding, and polishing metal. They are commonly used to cut down materials such as sheet aluminum and ACRs and to disassemble motors.

Cut-off Wheels: The Merryland 5″ Blades are highly recommended. These blades are designed to provide fast, clean cuts and are suitable for all metals, particularly steel!

Makita 9005B 5" Angle Grinder
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Merryland Cut Off Wheel 5"
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Tips for Using Angle Grinders

  • Ensure the wheel is appropriate for the material you are cutting.
  • Wear appropriate safety gear, including goggles and gloves.
  • Keep a firm grip on the tool and follow the manufacturer’s safety instructions.

Reciprocating Saws (Sawzalls)

Typical Uses: Reciprocating saws are ideal for cutting through thicker and tougher metals, such as motor casings and structural steel. They can also break down more oversized items into more manageable sizes.

Blades: The DeWalt Blades are known for their durability and sharpness, making them a good choice for cutting through various metals.

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Milwaukee M18 Cordless Reciprocating Saw
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DEWALT Reciprocating Saw Blades 10 pc. Set
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Cut-off Saws

Typical Uses: Cut-off saws are powerful tools for the largest-scale cutting jobs. They are perfect for cutting through large metal pipes, beams, and other substantial metal pieces.

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Husqvarna K 770 Gasoline Grinder
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Benchmark Abrasives 14" Tungsten Carbide Saw Blades
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Tips for Using All Cutting Tools

  • Use appropriate abrasive blades for the material.
  • Allow the saw to do the work; do not force it through the material.
  • Ensure the material is securely clamped.
  • Wear appropriate safety gear, including goggles and gloves, due to the high power and potential for sparks.