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Slitting Saw Mandrel

This article does not include all of the dimensions, more just pointers and approach.

This particular mandrel was made for 16mm bore slitting saws. You can buy these readily and they are one of the best sizes for a small model engineers milling machine or lathe.

This was made from a piece of 3/4" steel that I bought in a bundle of material. I believe it is en8, definitely not mild, but not quite sure.

The first task was to machine the main shaft down to 12mm diameter for a length of 40mm. This made it fit nicely into a 12mm collet for use on the milling machine or into a fairly standard chuck.

Once I cut this part off I then started the washer, drilled and countersunk it to take a 6mm countersunk caphead.

The main shaft is turned around, faced and then a step of 16mm diameter and 1mm made to accept the slitting saw. Keep trying a blade on this as you want a good fit. the mandrel is drilled 5mm and then tapped 6x1mm metric.

The washer was turned around, faced and then a female step 1mm deep and 16mm diameter machined. This allows the washer to go over the step and so accomodate slitting saws of less than 1mm thick.

Here shown assembled with a 60mm diameter, 0.8mm thick hss slitting saw.

When you tighten and unlock the saw it is worth wrapping the saw blade in a cloth so that you can grip it tight.


You can make this mandrel from nearly whatever round steel you have lying around and it is not hard to adapt this to various saw sizes.

Simple to make and I think you get a better result than the cheap 15 (2014) mandrels that are at all of the tool shops.

See also: Tools.