Wednesday, May 30, 2012


Maintenance is one of the least thought of items in most shops. When something breaks down most shops are running around like the image above. Maintenance is a key issue that must be considered when purchasing a piece of equipment.
For instance the other day we were called to take a look at a vise on a machine. When the sales representative arrived he couldn’t believe the mess this machine was in. The machine was sold to the customer in 2006. It looked as if they had never cleaned the machine since new. Metal material scraps and metal filings were heaped all around, in and on the machine. There was just an aisle to get to vise wheel and an aisle to load and unload material into the machine.
The Bi-Metal Representative did not want to annoy the customer so he did some adjustments to the vise to make customer happy, however did mention to them that a good cleaning of machine and surroundings was in order. This situation was not just a maintenance one but a safety issue also. We did some additional help with them, like advice on maintenance and some new parts that were required to get their machine back to a safe state.
   A lot of maintenance issues can be avoided with regular cleaning, oiling and so on. So maybe it is a good idea to check out the manuals in your shop or even at home, to see what preventative measures you can take to prolong the life of your equipment. This helps keep the equipment in good working condition which makes it safer to use by employees and yourself.
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Wednesday, May 16, 2012


Bi-Metal Industrial Products Inc. is a master distributor for ABMAST which is the leading manufacturer of Canadian depressed and cut-off wheels. This is our primary line of abrasives, as we like to promote Canadian establishments.

Products they provide us with are everything from pointed grind stones, wire brushes, sanding pads, discs to diamond cutting wheels.

We have found that ABMAST products are excellent, very comparable and/or are better than their competitor’s products which come from other countries, plus ABMAST products are at a more reasonable cost.

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Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Band Saw Blades

Through the last 13 years that Bi-Metal Industrial Products Inc. has been in business, we have had a lot of questions about band saw blades and how to run this particular tool on the machines they are designed for. We sell a wide range of blades from small ¼” carbon band saw blades to the large 3” Carbide.

We have found that operator, machine and material in this order have a direct correlation to the success of how a cutting job is going to be.

A lot of shops we have found, never really pay too much attention to the cutting process until something goes hay wire. That’s when we get calls.

The BAND SAW operation is one of the most crucial operations in a machine, fabrication or mill shop because it is the first, operation. If material doesn’t get cut no work can continue on a particular part.

Some planning is required:

1. Type and Size of Material to be cut

2. How many pieces

3. Type of machine

4. Who is cutting material

Today we will look some of the above items.

1. Check and make sure your machine can handle the job. Some machines have a large capacity but not the horse power. Eg. 7” x 12”machine running a 1HP motor with a 3/4” x .035 x --- x 7’9” blade is not capable of cutting a 7” round bar.

2. You need to know the grade, shape, hardness, size and is material to be bundled.

3. Determine the proper number of teeth per inch and tooth form. Here is a simple rule to consider. 3 to 24 teeth on the largest cross section of your work piece and the harder more brittle materials and smaller cross-sections the tooth form raker tooth or skip tooth is more favorable, eg. Mild steel materials.

4. Tooth forms with positive rake are useful for long–chipping and ductile material, eg. Stainless materials.

5. Look at your Cooling lubricant also, is water soluble sufficient or do you need to go to semi or fully synthetic or even a wax.

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