how to use a jig saw to cut metal bolt

What's the best way to cut metal with a jigsaw?

Jigsaw blades have a single row of teeth along one edge of the blade, these are arranged in a small wave pattern from left to right- a blade with 21-24 tpi is recommended for cutting metal and one manufactured with a bi-metal construction will offer the best durability. Tips for cutting metal with a jigsaw.

Can a jigsaw blade be used to cut wood?

With the proper blade, jigsaws can cut through wood with embedded nails, 1/8-in. mild steel, no-iron pipe and sheet metal up to 10 gauge thick (Photo 6). For cutting sheet metal, choose a finer blade with 21 to 24 teeth per inch.

When to use a coarser blade on a jigsaw?

As a rough guide the smaller the teeth the finer the cut, and as tooth size increases, so does the speed at which the blade will cut. For quick cutting use a coarser blade, but the coarser the blade the more sanding later. Jigsaws blades tend to bend when cutting curves in thicker boards, leaving a beveled edge rather than a square one.

What happens when you cut with a jigsaw?

All too often, users rush the cut and end up flexing their jigsaw blades and veering away from perpendicular. Blades will wear out quicker when cutting thicker lumber so be mindful of this and keep an eye out for how the blade is cutting, especially when making several cuts.

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