Rail industry supplier Holland is introducing a new product aimed at increasing railroad efficiency with the ability to destress rail while cutting spark-free.
The Sparkless Carbide Saw is the company’s latest release.
“Using carbide tipped steel blades, rotating at low RPMs, provides spark and dust free cutting of rail,” said Paul Lindemulder, Holland’s director of New Product Development. “Spark-free cutting reduces the risk of fires started on the job that can result in significant loss. Dust and fumes are eliminated compared to abrasive saw cutting that can be a breathing hazard.”
Holland said in a statement that such features make the saw ideal for use in bridge and tunnel work, as well as work in high fire risk areas.
Lindemulder also described additional safety measures: “If the saw is in the event the blade is pinched by the rail, the steel blade along with the control system will automatically retract the blade, eliminating the physical injury risk of an exploding abrasive blade.”
Holland notes that the Sparkless Carbide Saw complements Holland’s fleet of MobileWelders™ due to its ability to provide a square cut in every use to improve weld efficiency and performance.
The saw also features a destressing function which Holland said is capable of destressing the rail up to 49 tons while cutting simultaneously. The company said its carbide blade has demonstrated more than 200 cuts per blade, reducing cost-per-cut and blade change-over frequency to boost efficiency.