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Unread 08-29-2012, 06:17 PM   #1
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Best tool for cutting pinch seam?

Hack-saw, hand grinder, sawzall (reciprocating saw)? Don't have a cutting torch. The metal looks beefy enough to make it a real project down there with a hack-saw.

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4.5" Angle Grinder with a cutting wheel, worked like a champ
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Unread 08-29-2012, 06:42 PM   #3
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4.5" Angle Grinder with a cutting wheel, worked like a champ
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Was thinkin' I'd go that route.. seems like it might be a lot of sparks in the vicinity of the fuel tank though. But I bet a sawzawl would be a pain in the butt.
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Unread 08-29-2012, 06:44 PM   #4
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4.5" Angle Grinder with a cutting wheel, worked like a champ
Harbor Freight
Same here except the Dewalt version
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Unread 08-29-2012, 06:56 PM   #5
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4.5 angle grinders are good for sure. If the metal is not too thick air powered body saws work great. Here is an electric version at Harbor Frieght. Can't vouch for performance though.

http://www.harborfreight.com/electri...saw-65766.html
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Unread 08-29-2012, 07:00 PM   #6
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Thanks guys! The other thing about the angle grinder is it'd be handy to be able to drag that wheel across the cut surface a few times to smooth it out, too, which you can't do with a sawzawl.
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Unread 08-29-2012, 07:12 PM   #7
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Standard off the shelf sawzall with regular demo blade went through it with no problem at all. Took 20 seconds.
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I just used a sawzal and cleaned it up with a flapwheel on a grinder. A little silicone and spray paint and your done.
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I just used a sawzal and cleaned it up with a flapwheel on a grinder. A little silicone and spray paint and your done.
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I used a grinder. There is body foam in there, so I wouldn't recommend a torch! Lol
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Unread 08-29-2012, 08:19 PM   #11
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All of the above tools will work, some better than others, but the end result will be the same. Another good tool to use, if you have an air compressor, would be a small (2-inch) air cutoff tool. Harbor freight has them for cheap. Never ever use a torch on the body.
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The other cool thing about the angle grinder option is I can use it to polish up some of this petrified wood that's laying all over my living room floor.

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Unread 08-29-2012, 09:25 PM   #13
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^^^ Ok, that’s definitely some hardcore tech.
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4.5" Angle Grinder with a cutting wheel, worked like a champ
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ditto and piece of cake.
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Unread 08-30-2012, 08:48 AM   #15
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I used a dremel while my brother used the grinder to trim the rail. I went through a lot of cutting discs, but I was happy with the cut.
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