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Portable Bandsaw Blade Essentials

Posted by Alan Hillier on Sep 5, 2018 5:09:00 PM


What type of blade should be used with a portable band saw? 

When cutting metals with a Mirage portable band saw, an M42 Cobalt bi-metal blade is the way to go. 
Blades if this type incorporate a high speed edge material that’s welded to a fatigue resistant spring backing. These tough blades are capable of cutting carbon steel, tool steel, structural steel, stainless steel, pipes, tubes and mixed metals. Blades supplied as standard with Mirage bandsaws are made from triple tempered M42 cobalt high speed steel with hardened teeth. 

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Topics: portable machining, portable band saws

Portable band saw blade speeds for cutting metal pipelines

Posted by Alan Hillier on Aug 20, 2018 12:30:00 PM


Portable band saws are designed to be robust and simple to use. If you use them correctly you’ll experience hours of trouble-free cutting with plenty of use from each band saw blade.

With Mirage Portable Band Saws, you get an M42 carbide tipped blade provided as standard. These rugged bi-metal blades feature M42 high speed steel edges - making them ideal to use when cutting difficult to machine solids and heavy walled structures. So if you intend to cut heavy walled pipe and other oil & gas structures these are the blades to use.

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Topics: Decommissioning, portable machining, portable band saws

Cutting a 32” diameter steel pipe using a portable heavy-duty band saw

Posted by Alan Hillier on Nov 9, 2017 12:17:02 PM


Above: Watch the video showing a band saw cut on a 32" diameter steel test piece.

Proving the performance of the BS3248 (32 - 48") Portable Band Saw

Purchasing a large heavy-duty portable bandsaw is considered by many to be a major investment. So before placing an order, a customer should have complete confidence that the machine will perform to expectations, and if possible, see for themselves that it’s the right fit for their own specific application.

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Topics: portable machining, portable band saws

Portable band saw cold cutting trials

Posted by Alan Hillier on May 11, 2016 1:16:25 PM



Portable band saws are ideal for cold cutting decommissioning projects. Read on and watch the video to see the BS1636-H Mirage Band Saw cutting through Super Duplex and a 30” diameter pipe.

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Topics: portable machining, Decommissioning, portable band saws

Using portable band saws for nuclear decommissioning projects

Posted by Simon Pownall on Jun 25, 2014 12:11:00 PM

Nuclear decommissioning projects can be incredibly complex, as you will rightly know. Any on-site machining that is required needs to be swift, safe, cost effective and without any issues along the way.

For those requiring tubular severance of some form, band saws are available to rent or buy.

Recently, Mirage Machines have designed bespoke machines for specific decommissioning projects in highly radioactive areas in Europe. Here are the case studies of how we assisted our clients ONET and Dounereay Site Restoration.

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Topics: portable band saws, Decommissioning


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