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Metal Cutting Tools

Post by ChiefBigB » Tue Jul 23, 2013 3:53 pm

I am in the process of getting my welder fixed and thought I would make a couple trailers to earn some extra cheddar on the side. I will be cutting tubing and sheet metal. What metal cutting tools do you recommend, I do not have a lot of cash, so a plasma cutter is not an option right now. Thanks


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Re: Metal Cutting Tools

Post by jamesdart » Tue Jul 23, 2013 4:37 pm

Steel cutting circular saw. Loud but an awsome finished cut.


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Post by Mr. Goatman » Wed Jul 24, 2013 5:12 am

Angle grinder from Harbor Freight with cut off wheels. Not fancy, not fast, but it works and at $19.00 + the disks... it's affordable.
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Post by Tad » Wed Jul 24, 2013 5:28 am

Angle grinder with a zip wheel for sheet metal and a chop saw for the tubing.

If you are doing home built trailers I would look to you DMV for requirements.
Here (AZ) we have no real spec's for construction but if you want to title them you need to provide receipts for the steel, axle, tires and rims.
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Post by jsinajeep » Wed Jul 24, 2013 6:39 am

Tad wrote:Angle grinder with a zip wheel for sheet metal and a chop saw for the tubing.

If you are doing home built trailers I would look to you DMV for requirements.
Here (AZ) we have no real spec's for construction but if you want to title them you need to provide receipts for the steel, axle, tires and rims.
I almost was denied a title as all the materials on the trailer came from previous projects I had laying around.
Very true. They did me the same way.


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Post by Onelow1ton » Wed Jul 24, 2013 6:57 am

If your looking cheep , like the others said the air angle grinders from hf are great for the money , I have a few , also a good electric 4.5" grinder (dewalt) with cutting disk is awesome , I also use a portaband and of corse my plasma but your not looking for that but the others work great

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Post by jaber » Wed Jul 24, 2013 6:58 am

One cutting tool that I use the snot out of is my HF 64.5" band saw. When I need it, I can use it as a stand up saw for detailed cuts. New blades are only $10. :D
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Post by Onelow1ton » Wed Jul 24, 2013 7:44 am

jaber wrote:One cutting tool that I use the snot out of is my HF 64.5" band saw. When I need it, I can use it as a stand up saw for detailed cuts. New blades are only $10. :D
You have the 299$ one ore the 799$ one ? I have been thinking about getting one !

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Post by Stuka » Wed Jul 24, 2013 7:48 am

I love my dremel. Wont do big jobs, but is invaluable for small things and cleaning up holes and hard to reach areas.
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Re: Metal Cutting Tools

Post by jaber » Wed Jul 24, 2013 10:29 pm

Onelow1ton wrote:
jaber wrote:One cutting tool that I use the snot out of is my HF 64.5" band saw. When I need it, I can use it as a stand up saw for detailed cuts. New blades are only $10. :D
You have the 299$ one ore the 799$ one ? I have been thinking about getting one !
An old boss gave me the $299 one without a motor. I have been through 3 motors so far, granted they were all used. It has been an old faithful type of tool.
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Post by pcoplin » Sun Jul 28, 2013 3:12 pm

I have 4 grinders (two workhorse Miluakees, one Dewalt, and a cheap Lowe's one), dremel, and Rigid chop saw. The Rigid is fantastic, very solid.

I REALLY want a plasma, but can't bring myself to pay for one yet...
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Post by nester » Tue Aug 06, 2013 4:54 am

We always used a chop saw. They can be pretty accurate if you take your time.. Loud, messy, dangerous.... but that's most of the fun tools in the garage, right?

Something like this...

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Post by AwesomeJ10 » Tue Aug 06, 2013 7:55 am

jaber wrote:One cutting tool that I use the snot out of is my HF 64.5" band saw. When I need it, I can use it as a stand up saw for detailed cuts. New blades are only $10. :D
I have the cheapy version of that saw, but the only local place that has blades is Ace hardware. They are like $20 at Ace.

I've worn it out and will be replacing it with a much larger bandsaw.

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Post by carnuck » Tue Aug 06, 2013 9:25 am

Check my parts for sale near Seattle

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Post by jsinajeep » Tue Aug 06, 2013 10:13 am

Man, someone wasted alt of time on that
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Re: Metal Cutting Tools

Post by ChiefBigB » Thu Aug 08, 2013 8:03 am

carnuck wrote:Check out the sales flyer

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Thats retarded, but funny.

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Post by HOOT » Sat Aug 17, 2013 7:56 pm

I got to get me one of those 18 volt cordless hammers.. Probably pick up the nail unbender as well...


I would get a chop saw before the bandsaw. You'll have much nicer mitered cuts and straight cuts.
If you decide you want a band saw type cutter those Milwaukie Port-A- Bands are sweet.

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Post by theonetruegreg » Mon Sep 02, 2013 7:18 pm

nester wrote:We always used a chop saw. They can be pretty accurate if you take your time.. Loud, messy, dangerous.... but that's most of the fun tools in the garage, right?

Something like this...

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These can't be gone without for doing tubing. I use a Porter Cable 12" compound miter saw with a chopsaw blade. Doesn't cut as fast as a purpose built chopsaw, but the perfectly accurate angles you can cut clean can't be beat. Plus, the laser guide is cool.

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Re: Metal Cutting Tools

Post by ChiefBigB » Thu Sep 12, 2013 10:24 am

I picked up a CH cutting tool from TSC. It was 19$ with a 1yr warranty and for 3$ more 2 additional years. I thought that was a good deal. Still looking. I like the chop saw, and I am keeping my eyes open for a band saw on CL for cheap.

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Post by wewillsurvive » Fri Sep 13, 2013 1:02 pm

HOOT wrote:I got to get me one of those 18 volt cordless hammers.. Probably pick up the nail unbender as well...


I would get a chop saw before the bandsaw. You'll have much nicer mitered cuts and straight cuts.
If you decide you want a band saw type cutter those Milwaukie Port-A- Bands are sweet.

Personally I'm spoiled and have a full blown machine shop at my disposal.
I would argue against the Porta band we have one at work that is crap we pulled it out of service and will be selling it shortly
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