How to cut your Stainless Steel Welded Mesh & Woven Mesh?

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.

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Scissors are used to cut very fine stainless steel woven mesh up to mesh with a wire diameter of 0.20mm

At the other end of the scale, our largest wire diameter (6mm) does require an angle grinder.

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An angle grinder cutting stainless steel welded mesh off a roll

In between, there are mesh sizes that are best cut using tin snips.

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Tin Snips cutting stainless steel woven mesh

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.

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