E. Recommended Cutting Tools

 

  Equipment Options Cutting Blade
Internal Circular Cutouts Drill Press (preferred) Bi-metal hole saw with pilot drill (i.e. Lennox or Starrett)
Hand-held drill (speed approx. 125 rpm) Bi-metal 14 tooth, ½" wide x 0.034" thick blade (reciprocating saw)
Reciprocating saw
Internal Square/Rect. Cutouts Hand-held drill for pilot hole and reciprocating saw for cutting hole Bi-metal 14 tooth, ½" wide x 0.034" thick blade
External Cutouts Bandsaw (Rockwell model # 28-300 or Powermatic model 143 or MA615 mobile (20 amp service required - speed approx. 450 ft/min Bi-metal 14 tooth, ½" wide x 0.034" thick blade
Reciprocating saw

 

Recommended Cutout Sizes:
 

The largest recommended cutout size in the access floor panel shall be no more than 15" x 15" (or other shapes with an area no greater than 225 in.2). Large cutouts should be no closer than 3" from the edge. This allows sufficient room to accommodate additional support pedestals required to reinforce the panel's design load capacity.

 

What is the best tool for our project?

Band-saws offer fast and accurate cutting but are more cumbersome to transport but ideal for large projects. Jigsaws are easy to use, portable and affordable for small projects.