Kalamazoo MEP SL350 COLD SAW HELP
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    Default Kalamazoo MEP SL350 COLD SAW HELP

    I recently picked up an old MEP SL350 high speed cold saw. Does anyone have any information about this model? I cant seem to get the pneumatic vise to work, the head seems wobbly when I engage the trigger and pull the blade towards my material.

    It has two speed settings, one at 1700 RPM, the other at 3400 RPM. I mainly cut angle iron and steel tube, can someone recommend a blade that I can use for this? It can handle up to 14".

    Any info would be greatly appreciated.

    Thank you

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    Any thought to calling Kalamazoo and asking them for a manual? They are in Michigan I think.

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    Yes, they don't have one.

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    We have several cold saws both manual and nc. The head or blade feed slide/hinge must be tight and free of deflection etc. Vises must not have any play when tightened. Backlash on the drive train you may be able to adjust out a bit. Some gear boxes don't allow for it. They are great saws but everything must be tight and vibration free or the blade life stinks. For general use I would run about a 250 notch grind. You really need a selection of blades to run them right. Take a look on ebay for used blades, likely will need a RS.

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    I believe the OP is describing a friction saw......far as I know they are banned everywhere in the civilized world.........noise is akin to a 737 taking off ,only louder......The blades do get up a standing wave in the thin metal on some jobs.....good for thin wall pipe,if you can stand the noise.


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