We are often asked how to cut stainless steel welded mesh & woven mesh and the answer very much depends on the wire diameter.
The smallest wire gauge that we stock is 0.025mm diameter which is thinner than the finest human hair and obviously doesn’t need to be cut with an angle grinder. In fact, the finest meshes are easily cut using a pair of household scissors.
At the other end of the scale, our largest wire diameter (6mm) does require an angle grinder.
In between, there are mesh sizes that are best cut using tin snips.
A Guide for what Cutting Tools to cut Stainless Steel Welded Mesh & Woven Mesh
|Product||Wire Diameter||Cutting Tool|
|Welded Panels||2.50mm – 8.00mm||Grinder|
|Welded Rolls||0.63mm – 1.00mm||Tin Snips|
|1.20mm||Tin Snips / Grinder|
|1.60mm – 2.00mm||Grinder|
|Woven Mesh||Up to 0.20mm||Scissors|
|0.22mm – 1.20mm||Tin Snips|
|1.60mm and greater||Grinder|
When using an angle grinder, the cutting disc should be 0.9mm thick and of a type suitable for cutting stainless steel. Remember that an angle grinder typically operates at a speed of 10,000 RPM so take appropriate safety precautions. Wear gloves, safety glasses and hearing protection, and keep other people out of the vicinity when you are cutting.