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I murdered my 3' aluminum scale Saturday. Didn't see it was inline with my chopsaw, and I chopped it in half! Don't look to have hurt the blade. It didn't actually chop it all the way in half, but about a third the way through, then it broke in half!
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Lee, now you have two 18" scales!

A person can never have too many tools!
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i murdered my 3' aluminum scale saturday. Didn't see it was inline with my chopsaw, and i chopped it in half! Don't look to have hurt the blade. It didn't actually chop it all the way in half, but about a third the way through, then it broke in half!
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You may have slightly shortened the time your blade will go before it needs sharpening, but I doubt that this has done any significant damage, except to your straight edge ruler, and your pride. I have (intentionally) cut aluminum on my table saw and my miter saw, but always used an older blade when I did it.

But now you have two 18" rulers. Clean up the ends so it looks like you did it on purpose and put them in your tool box. Then go out and buy another long one. No one needs to ever know. If they ask you can just say that you needed shorter ones. :-)

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But now you have two 18" rulers. Clean up the ends so it looks like you did it on purpose and put them in your tool box. Then go out and buy another long one. No one needs to ever know. If they ask you can just say that you needed shorter ones. :-)

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But now you have two 18" rulers. Clean up the ends so it looks like you did it on purpose and put them in your tool box. Then go out and buy another long one. No one needs to ever know. If they ask you can just say that you needed shorter ones. :-)

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Silver Cloud Option #1: perfect opportunity to make yourself a (smallish) beam compass...in fact, two of 'em!
beam compass woodworking plans and information at WoodworkersWorkshop.com
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Yup, I have plans on doing just that! Clean the ends and have two 18" or so scales. LOL

Charles, I thought about that (shorten life of blade), it's the only part of this "casualty" that really tics me off!! LOL Finally have 3 good blades on all three of my saws and now this. I didn't see any chips, and I cut a few pieces after, and they all looked good. So I'm hoping for the best!
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I use my chop saw for cutting aluminum flat stock without any apparent ill effect on the blade. It is however critical that the metal doesn't chatter! A piece of scrap wood clamped on top works well.
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Oh yeh! And disconnect the dust collector!!! You really don't want red hot aluminum chips in there ...
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