FibreFast - a Power Tool Spy Exclusive
Posted by Mark Hunter - January 18, 2012
Cement building boards are loved by architects. These boards allow them to design buildings with highly weather resistent exteriors, and robust interiors. The boards are typically tough. They resist scratches and water and are easy to keep clean.
The problem for installers and building contractors, however, is that these panels are difficult to cut, even when using high quality tungsten carbide tipped saw blades.
Our Power Tool Spy has found a solution; the Fibrefast saw blade.
Developed by our friends at Premier Diamond Products, Fiberfast is a saw blade with polycrystalline diamond, or PCD, teeth that cut effortlessly through cement based fibre boards and other high quality composite panels and decorative facades. Polycrystalline diamond is much harder than tungsten carbide and this is why Fibrefast PCD saw blades perform so well on tough composite materials.
The concept of polycrystalline diamond being used on cutting and drilling tools is not new. Being amongst the hardest of all tool materials it is extremely wear-resistant and has been typically used in the automotive, aerospace and other industries to cut and drill carbon fibre reinforced plastics.
What sort of machines are compatible with the Fibrefast blade?
- Cordless portable trim saws
- Corded portable saws
- Mitre & chop saws
- Table & site saws
What applications is the Fibrefast blade designed for?
- Fibre cement siding, cladding, weatherboards & panels
- James Hardie products
- Trespa panel products
- Marley Eternit products
- Knauf products
- Euroform products
It will also ably cut worktops:
- Dupont Corian products
- Formica laminate products
- General laminate worktops
- Melamine resin products
It'll also munch through Glass Reinforced Plastic (GRP)
- Pipes, cladding & roofing products
- Steni fibreglass glass reinforced polymer composite panels
But it's also suited for general wood working applications:
- Exotic timber
- Double-sided veneer board
- Single-sided plastic laminate boards
- Medium-density fibreboard (MDF)
Could this be the saw blade for you? Let us know in the comments or on Facebook.
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