HSS Annular CuttersAn annular cutting saw is a type of circular saw where the blade is worn permanently on one side. That means you can cut material on one side of the saw and not risk chipping or slicing through your fingers on the other side. The annular saw has been around for many years, but it’s only recently that companies have begun to sell it as an option for commercial users. When looking at the pros and cons of an annular cutter, it can be helpful to understand how they operate. Annular cutters are usually used in conjunction with another tool, such as a jigsaw or circular saw, which is called upon when larger pieces are needed than can be handled by hand.

What is an annular cutter?

An annular cutter has a beveled serrated edge that comes to a sharp point at one end and a concave cutting edge at the other. The serrated edge is worn on one side, while the cutting edge is kept parallel to the saw teeth. The result is that the saw teeth are sharper on one side than the other, which is what allows you to cut material on one side only. Annular cutters are also known as “bevelers,” “bezelers,” and “serrated edge cutters.”

How to Use an Annular Cutter

The best annular cutters are those that have features like “centrifugal gears,” which let you use the saw much more effectively. Centrifugal gears engage the teeth on the main blade so that the saw rotates much faster and with more power than would otherwise be possible. The gears also help push the cutters away from the operator, helping to reduce exposure to dangerous shavings.

When starting out with an annular cutter, it’s important to first set up the saw so that you can work with the least possible exposure to hazards. The main blade and the extension bar should be kept as far away from your body as possible. When cutting heavy materials, like boards, you may want to wear gloves so as to reduce your exposure to splinters.

Next, find a good, steady location where you can set up the saw properly. A table or an old, hardwood furniture would be ideal. Getting the saw setup correctly takes some practice, but it’s not difficult. One important thing to keep in mind is to set up the saw so that the cutting edge is not in close contact with the piercing motion of the circular saw. This piercing motion can cause burns if you’re not careful.

When using an annular cutter, first line up the teeth on the main blade with those on the extension bar, and then square the main blade to the extension bar with the bevel. Make sure the teeth on the main blade are perpendicular to the bar and that you set the depth of cut so that the total length of material you wish to cut is less than the diameter of the bar at its widest point. Next, feed the material through the saw so that it’s fairly straight, or “dogtied,” and then cut it with the extension bar. Be sure to keep the dogtied state of the material intact so that the saw can’t start rotating.

This is a crucial step in the setup process because it determines how well the tooth geometry of the main blade is perpendicular to the bar. If the teeth are not perpendicular, they’ll be off-kilter and less efficient. While the extension bar should cut material parallel to the main blade, you can also use it to assist in handling larger materials. If you have large hands, you might prefer to use an extension bar that comes with a handle, so that you can grip it as you work.

The Best Annular Cutters for Each Situation

There are many situations where an annular cutter would be a great tool. For example, if you operate a kitchen or an office building that has large pieces of cutlery or glass lying around, you can use an annular saw to clean them up. You can also use an annular cutter to remove the decorative nails from a piece of furniture, or for that matter, the nails from a pumpkin or Christmas tree. There are many commercial uses for an annular cutter, but it’s important to keep in mind that it’s not a magic bullet. It’s a great tool that can be used to clean up difficult cuts, but it’s not something you can use on a daily basis.

The Downfall of Annular Cutters

While most annular cutters work well, some models can be hard to use. Some users report having trouble maneuvering the saw due to a lack of wrist support or strength in their hands.

Also, some users report having trouble getting the saw to feed material with a certain thickness. That being said, if you’re willing to work with the challenges that come with an annular cutter, there are some models that are easier to use. For example, saws with a “V” bite take less time to setup, require less wrist support, and allow the user to quickly switch between a serrated and a straight edge.

When Is a Cutslicing Knife Better than an Annular Cutter?

Molding knives are specially designed for larger projects. They’re often more expensive than an annular cutter, and therefore, they’re sometimes used by people who want to save money but want the best possible results. A cutslicing knife is normally a serrated knife with a large, broad, straight-edged blade. The idea is to make the most of the cut because, unlike with an annular cutter, there’s no way to stop the blade once it’s started.

You have to let it finish its cut and then clean up the mess. A cutslicing knife also has a heavy build so that it can handle thicker materials without any problem. If you want the best possible results, a serrated knife is better than an annular cutter. That said, if you’re willing to put in the effort, you can probably get better results with a cutslicing knife.

Conclusion

TCT Annular CuttersAn annular cutter is a great tool for cutting material that can be difficult to reach by hand. It has a specially designed serrated edge that gives you a sharper cut than any other type of saw. When considering the pros and cons of an annular cutter, it can be helpful to understand how they operate. Annular cutters are usually used in conjunction with another tool, such as a jigsaw or circular saw, which is called upon when larger pieces are needed than can be handled by hand.