The Basics of a Wheel Cutting Project

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The Basics of a Wheel Cutting Project

Cutting a piece of steel or other metal is one of the most common practices in the metal working field, and at Wasatch Steel, we’ve got you covered. We stock everything from cutting tools to abrasives, and we’re here to help you get your steel project off the ground with some of the basics.

We also supply a wide array of cutting wheels, but before purchasing one of these for your steel project, it’s important to keep a few basics in mind. Let’s lay out some of the simple starter elements to be aware of during a steel cutting project.


For starters, you need to make sure you have all the proper materials. You have your cutting application, of course – this is your cutting wheel from Wasatch Steel. But you’ll also need a few other things:

  • Tool being used – right-angle grinder, die grinder or chop saw are a few options
  • Desired cutting action
  • Material being cut
  • Space to carry out the project


Most cutting projects involving a wheel will be cut at a 90 degree angle, unless instructed specifically otherwise. Your tool should be perpendicular to the work surface, which will help it absorb what’s often a pretty significant amount of torque.


The proper amount of pressure being applied is vital for your steel cutting project. The goal is to allow the wheel to do most of the work – avoid pushing too hard, which can lead to kickback from the grinder. Too much pressure can also be a safety issue when risk of slipping or losing your grip becomes more realistic.

Storage and Maintenance

It’s vital to store your wheel in a clean and dry place – water, mud and other elements like these can wear it down and ruin it much earlier than its typical long shelf life. Performance in some wheels can wear down over time if you store it too long, so be sure to inspect your wheel if you’re pulling it back out for the first time in a while. Check for signs of damage over time –worn down wheels are the cause of many workplace accidents, and you may not be able to make a safe cut at a certain point due to standard wear.

Wasatch Steel is your first stop for steel services in Utah. Our professionals are ready to help you with any additional questions today.