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5 Easy Ways to Cut Metal Safely

Learn the best tools and techniques for cutting metal safely and with ease with 5 easy ways to cut metal.

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If you’ve ever tried cutting metal in the past you might have broken out the hacksaw or tin snips.  Well,  if you’re anything link me, after about 5 minutes you were probably scratching your head thinking there has to be an easier way.  Well I’m here to tell you there is and the options are endless.  You can cut metal safely and easily using the right tool for the job.  

Circular Saw with  a metal cutting blade

I know you’re probably asking, ‘can I cut metal with a circular saw?’ Well, the answer is yes, you can cut metal with a circular saw.   Pair your circular saw with the Diablo 7-1/4 in. x 48 TPI Cermet Steel Demon Ferrous Metal Cutting Saw Blade and you are going to be amazed by how well and easy it’ll be to cut metal. 

This blade is a ceramic and metallic blend and it provides a high heat tolerance and increased hardness for superior wear and a crazy long cutting life.  You can cut through metal and right after cutting the metal it is cool to the touch.  It also has a Perma-SHIELD non-stick coating that resists heat build-up by protecting the blade against gumming and corrosion.  This blade is the best.  Types of metal you can cut with the Diablo 7-1/4 in. x 48 TPI Cermet Steel Demon Ferrous Metal Cutting Saw Blade include:

  • Steel studs, angle iron, flat bar, channel, EMT conduit (1/16 in. to 1/4 in. thick)
  •  Plate and bar stock (1/16 in. to 1/4 in. thick)
  •  1/4 in. to 1 in. Dia threaded rods



This blade is only $ 29.97. The cuts are always nice and smooth. There is no stalling with the use of this blade.  


Dremel Saw-Max 

Dremel Saw-Max 6 Amp Variable Speed Corded Tool Kit for Wood, Plastic and Metal with 2 Blades is an excellent solution for cutting thin strips of metal using the metal cutting blade that comes with the Saw-Max. This little handheld saw is not only ideal for a variety of materials including metal.  This saw is priced at $89 and comes with both a wood/plastic blade and a metal cutting blade.  The metal cutting blade cuts ferrous metal like steel and nonferrous metal like brass up to 3/4 in. in thickness.   It’s ideal for copper pipe, conduit, coated wire shelving, thin sheet metal, threaded rod, and sheet aluminum.

Rotary Tool

The rotary tool is a great device for cutting metal when equipped with a metal cutting wheel.  DREMEL 8220 Series 12-Volt MAX Lithium Ion Cordless Rotary Tool can be paired with a metal cutting wheel, like one found in the Dremel EZ Lock Cut-Off Wheel Set for Metal and Plastic (11-Piece) accessory kit.  This kit included 10 wheels and 1 mandrel for metal and plastic cutting.  Also, the wheels are well labeled so you’ll know which are for metal and which are not. This accessory kit is $22.97.   The rotary tool with a metal cutting wheel is perfect for cutting small pieces of metal and cutting in tight spaces. 

Reciprocating saw paired with a metal cutting blade

Don’t have a circular saw or a rotary tool, but you do have a reciprocating saw. Don’t sweat it.  Cutting metal is simple with reciprocating saw paired with a metal cutting blade like the Milwaukee 6 in. 7 TPI Torch Carbide Teeth Metal Cutting SAWZALL Reciprocating Saw Blade. This blade has carbide teeth for 50X life over standard blades. So starting at $11.97 it is definitely a value.  It cuts thick and extreme metals quickly because of its optimized tooth design.  It has 7 TPI.  This is ideal for rough cuts.

Oscillating tool with a metal cutting blade

An oscillating tool can also be used to cut metal.  It is perfect for cutting wood material that has metal within it such as staples, nails, screws and other metals. Another cool feature is an oscillating tool typically it comes with a blade that is equipped to cut metal.  Consider the Dremel Multi-Max 3.5 Amp Variable Speed Corded Oscillating Multi-Tool Kit with 12 Accessories and Storage Bag.  Priced at $89, its tool-less innovative design allows the user to quickly and securely change out its accessory.

For more DIY and tool reviews check out these posts:

Tools 101: how to use a miter saw

Tools 101: How to Use a Jigsaw


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  1. My brother has a metal shop and we’ve been doing a few projects together. It is interesting that you recommend a ceramic and metallic blended blade because of heat tolerance. I imagine that is very important. He said that he usually uses plate metal so I imagine that a circular saw is a good choice.

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