It will cut stainless, but you are going to have a nice hard edge where you
have overheated the stainless.
What are you trying to cut? More detail and someone here will probably give
you a faster and more accurite way to cut it.
I would use the technique you suggest only in a down and dirty situation.
About the time I had mastered getting the toothpaste back in the tube, then
No, not with 316 stainless, Roger. It's not heat treatable. The cut will
be discolored, but otherwise pretty much unchanged. Machining it won't be
any different from the balance of the material.
A silicon carbide wheel (the type used for masonry) is likely to serve
better than an aluminum oxide one for this application.
depends partly on the required finish, and application too... if you are
going to have to polish afterwards, then probably not a good idea. also if
its food grade, or you are *really* concerned about the stainless qualities
of the steel then maybe not a great idea either.
on the other hand, if you just need some stainless for a personal job or
whatever, it may not be that important to you. If you do it, go with 'inox
free' (iron free) cutting disks so you dont contaminate your stainless with
iron particles, and - a very big no no here; dont use any grinding/flap
wheels/polishing tools/cutting disks that have been used on steel - you will
cross contaminate your stainless with the iron and it will start rusting in
There are very thin (like razor thin!) disks that are made for cutting
stainless. they are iron free, and being so thin they cut through it like
butter. they dont put much heat at all in the job, and if you have a steady
hand you will have no discoloration afterwards. The trick to them i find is
not pressing too hard - you'll just wear the disk out real fast, and with no
extra cutting either. take it steady and the disks will cut a lot more
material for you. many manufacturers offer a disk of this type. We use
sandvik at my work for all our stainless stuff (better than plasma cutting
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