Scotchman Coldsaw User Guide

This guide covers basic usage of TEAM Lab's Scotchman Coldsaw. If unsure about operation, ask a staff member. To complete the upgrade use the upgrade guide.

Coldsaw Upgrade Guide

Safety Precautions


TEAM Lab’s Scotchman Cold Saw is designed to cut solid, tubes, flats and other profiles in grades of material that range from hot and cold rolled steel, stainless, aluminum, brass, copper, synthetics and extrusions. Cold sawing is a process similar to a milling process. In most cases, this, combined with the self-centering vise feature and the variable speed drive, gives a finished cut that does not require any secondary machining or de-burring, in other words one does not have to machine these edges to clamp on them on a milling machine.Since milling spindle speeds are used in cold sawing, there are several things that are required to achieve quality results. The selection of the proper pitch (number of teeth) on the blade and the proper spindle speed for the type of material being cut are critical. Proper material clamping and a good quality coolant are also important.

Parts of the Coldsaw

Parts of the Coldsaw

blades and blade flange

text on the blade

storage locker contents

v block jaws for coldsaw

Capacities and Workholding

Basic operation

Have shop staff unlock the machine and storage locker

Determine the correct blade to use based on material you are cutting

CLIP NEEDED - Changing blades [Ask shop staff for assistance for changing the blade and in plugging the machine into the outlet.]

Determine the correct speed based on material you are cutting with the speed selector switch

Determine the best set up for material you are cutting

Changing vise jaws

Adjusting vise jaws
  • Loosen vise jaw bolt and nut
  • Vise jaw will now slide freely along the length of the slot
  • Ensure vise jaw has clearance from the saw blade by closing vise on the stock but not tightening the vise
  • Bring saw blade down without turning the saw on and sliding the vise jaw out of the blades way but leaving 1/8 inch gap between saw blade and vise jaw
  • Tighten the vise jaw bolt
  • Tighten vise firmly on stock

Mitered cut

Angle Iron

Square stock

Round stock


Rectangular and flat bar

Ensure there is enough coolant in the base of the saw.  Look from back side of saw.  Inform staff if coolant level is low

Clamp material in vise tightly.  If your part is loose, it may damage the saw blade.

clamping the material

Pull trigger to start saw, wait for coolant to start flowing on blade. 

Slowly pull handle down to engage the material, then firmly pull into material to make a chip until the saw blade is completely through the material. 

Bring saw blade back to the up position while running and release the trigger

Remove part from vise and turn motor switch to the OFF position

Return saw angle and vise jaws to their original position (90 cut with flat jaws)

Clean saw and area around the saw.  Ethyl alcohol is used to clean up coolant on floor.

Inform staff when completed with use.