Cutting Methods for Sheet Metal

Industrial & Manufacturing Blog

The cutting methods for sheet metal come in a variety of different categories including hand tools, power tools, heat tools, and industrial tools. More than category, your choice in cutting sheet metal may vary depending on how much you can spend on the tool, how strong you need the tool to be, how fast you want the cutting, and how accurate you need the finished product to be. Look at the following evaluations to decide which type of tool will best fit your needs in cutting sheet metal fabrication.

Hand Tools

If you choose to buy a hand tool, you will be paying the lowest cost, a benefit. However, the result of that low cost will also be poor accuracy and slow cutting speed. If you are cutting sheet metal in a non-professional circumstance, this type of tool may work well. A few of the hand tools available for cutting sheet metal are a chisel and hammer, a hacksaw, or hand shears. These cutting methods are not difficult, nor do they require much training. They can be used in an emergency; however, if the results need to be exact, this method of cutting should not be selected.

Power Tools

Power tools are a step up on the cost scale; however, they are still not unbearably expensive. Paying the extra price may be worth it if you will need to work quickly as power tools are a good deal faster than hand tools, though still not the fastest on the market. Your results will display about the same accuracy as the hand tools did. Examples of power tools are the following: angle grinders, power shears, or an electric jigsaw. If your main goal is accuracy, you will need a tool that is a step up from both of these. On the other hand, if you are mainly worried about cost, one of these two types will fit best.

Heat Tools

Heat tools can be double or triple the price of the previous two categories. The speed is a good deal faster; unfortunately, the accuracy is not greatly increased even though the price is increased. Examples of these tools are any type of torch.

Industrial Tools

Last of all, you have industrial tools. Industrial tools can be ten times more expensive than the other options. However, everything about the tool is greatly improved. The speed and accuracy are high and beat the other machines by far. You can also automate these tools to do the work without force on your part. Laser cutting is one example of this type of accurate and speedy cutting tool.


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