The Two Paths for Sawing Success

By Brian Thornton

If memory serves, there are close to 300 part numbers on my shelf for the Kanefusa Saw Blades I carry. This doesn’t include the High-Speed Steel (HSS), solid carbides, and bandsaws I have at my disposal to provide your customized solution.

When I was learning the ropes of this world (and still learning every day mind you), I got lost in the various part numbers and how exactly I could help my customers when they asked for a new saw blade. Given how technical the tooling world is, it’s easy to get lost in the minutiae of mathematical formulations that produce marginal metrics. I’m something of a “big picture” guy and I want to provide my customers with the best pathway for our journey together as your saw blade supplier.

Given the knowledge and experience I can draw on inside Pat Mooney Saws, I have the capability to guide you down either of the two paths that lead to saw blade success. So read on to discover which path is best for you.

Path 1 - Everything You Need

The customer who wants to make sure they have every blade on the shelf necessary to optimize their process will want to take this path. You’re probably a steel service center or cutting house that moves a lot of material through your saws every day. Downtime isn’t a problem because you serve a wide variety of customers and have promised them the highest standards for their cut products. Blade life and surface finish are higher on your hierarchy of needs than production if you take this path. Chances are you’ll stock fewer quantities by part number, but more blades overall. Your consumption will be sporadic, so we’ll need to maintain an open line of communication about what you’ll be using and when.

Path 2 - Keep It Running

The customer who wants to make sure their high-production cold saw doesn’t stop running will want to take this path. You’re probably a forging operation or machine shop that needs to feed downstream operations in-house. You have a clear mandate from above - keep the saws running. Production ranks higher on your hierarchy than either blade life or surface finish. You look at the big picture when examining the saws, and don’t want your operators wasting time matching the blade to the application. If you take this path, you’ll stock a large quantity of blades and want to place your orders before you get close to zero. After all, I’m a blade salesman, not a magician. An open line of communication is required so we can monitor your aggregate blade life and determine that we’re still stocking the one or two-part numbers to keep your productivity maximized.

The Next Step

Once I know which path you’d like to take, it helps to determine which blades you will stock at your facility. If your needs change, we just need to switch lanes. For most machines and applications, we maintain a stock on hand to handle changes in your operations. This comes in handy when you get that new job because you won’t have to wait weeks to see if you can handle the business.

About the Author

Brian Thornton is a professional saw blade expert at Pat Mooney Saws. As an Account Manager, he specializes in metal cutting and finding the best sawing solutions for his clients.