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    Haldol Shuffle kaptkrappy's Avatar
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    Cut Off Wheel Question

    I've been doing some light fab work lately and started thinking (smoke has cleared)

    What is the best way to cut a piece of steel in two?

    Typical 1/4" plate and you have a 5" or more long cut to make.

    Do you;

    A. Cut back and forth till you get through
    B. Start cutting the piece near you and push till you get through
    C. Start cutting the piece away from you and pull till you get through
    D. A combination of the above choices

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    Combo of a and c


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    Plasma would be my first choice.... but a cutoff wheel is usually much easier to setup.

    It's hard to think without one in my hand, but I believe FRENCHLAYER has your answer.
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    I get around gold knight's Avatar
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    Depending how you hold it sparks going toward the arrow of your cut direction so it doesn't kick back. (And away from your face.)

    1/4" steel and cutoff wheel are not two phrases I enjoy hearing together lol.
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    I try to avoid pushing into the steel. If the wheel binds it will either kick-up towards your face (if using right-handed) or down towards your balls (if using left-handed. Neither of these choices are much fun.

    I find I have more control and can see better pulling than pushing, and running the grinder right-handed while pulling means if the wheel binds it will get pulled down and away from you.

    But I also agree that 1/4" is a lot of metal to cut through. For small pieces, fine. But for large pieces I'd rather get someone to either run it through a band saw or burn it.

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    Haldol Shuffle kaptkrappy's Avatar
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    I did a lot of cutting this weekend on 6" X 6" X 3/16" square tube and some 1/4 angle.

    The band saw was the best. Set it and forget it.
    Band Saw First Cut med .jpg


    Plasma is great. Fast, but a little more messy. More grinding.

    The 4 1/2" cut-off wheel is great for odd angles and tight spots.
    Middle Piece First Cut med.jpg

    I found the best (for me) is just like frenchlayer said. I would run the blade back and forth a couple times to kinda scribe the cut line and then let the blade cut as I pulled it towards me.

    Cutting the 3/16" steel isn't a lot of work, but the 1/4" I was cutting seemed to take twice as long.


    Any way, My front bumper should be done by next weekend.

    Front Bumper Design 2 .jpg

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    Nice, I finally contributed to a tech post


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    I get around gold knight's Avatar
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    Looking good!

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    Quote Originally Posted by frenchlayer View Post
    Nice, I finally contributed to a tech post


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    Quote Originally Posted by tcDawg View Post
    You're a pro fabricator now. Start a business, seven slat fab works. Got a nice ring to it

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    Update;

    Maybe I should've called this thread "My Bumper Build"

    Got all the pieces welded up.

    All Welded 2.jpg

    Ground down and primed.

    Primer 1.jpg

    I bought a set of shackle mounts from Ballistic Fab.

    Ballistic Fab Shackle Mount 1.jpg

    Should have it all together by Wed.

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    That looks dam good!"

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    Great work!

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    Nice work, looks real good.

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    Nice work


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    Painted it with Rustoleum bed liner. Just enough texture to match the fenders.

    Done 1 .jpg

    Done 2 .jpg

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    Very nice work!

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    Quote Originally Posted by kaptkrappy View Post
    Update;

    Maybe I should've called this thread "My Bumper Build"...
    Ya recon? Lol

    Very nice work.

 

 

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