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Tool for cutting metal (Better than a Dremel)

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Anonymous
January 28, 2001 5:48:51 PM

oes anyone know what tool would be good for cutting sheet metal (at home). My Dremel just can't handle a job like this.
It takes to long, gets to hot and uses up to many cutting discs. There has to be something better.

Strait lines are necessary.


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January 28, 2001 6:17:07 PM

The cuts need to be absolutly straight? I'm sure you could take them to a shop or something where they have the right tools.

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Anonymous
January 28, 2001 6:51:38 PM

Plasma cutter? Kidding. Try a different dremel bit. I have one that is used for cutting holes in sinks that I have also used to cut fan grates into cases. It was $7 at the Depot.

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January 29, 2001 5:24:01 AM

You could alway use a sabre saw with a metal bit-that's what I used to use for custom car audio installation. It will leave a wavy edge on thin flat panels though, if that is acceptable.

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April 21, 2011 12:48:00 AM

they make electronic metal snippers that will cut sheet medal as long and as straight as you have skill. I've used it on tin roofs all day. I'd say 500 ft worth each day on the job.
April 21, 2011 10:28:17 AM

I'm in the HVAC trade and using a brake/fold and some tin snips gets the job done.
Yellow handled snips are usually straight cut.
Wiss is a good brand name i've had my wiss hand snips 15+ years.
I use this one the most.
http://www.cooperhandtools.com/brands/CF_Files/model_de...
I don't know what you're doing specifically but a good power drill and bi-metal holesaws are good for holes obviously.
Nibblers work for alot of things too.
February 12, 2013 10:00:42 AM

I also recommend "sabre saw"..its easier and cheaper way...
March 19, 2013 6:10:49 AM

Anonymous said:
oes anyone know what tool would be good for cutting sheet metal (at home). My Dremel just can't handle a job like this.
It takes to long, gets to hot and uses up to many cutting discs. There has to be something better.

Strait lines are necessary.


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Hi there,

My suggestion is that you look for good shearing machinery, it doesn't have to be the most expensive to work well.

Are you planning to cut metal once, or you want to invest so you have some good equipment at home to make your projects whenever you want ?.. because you know you could maybe ask for that service. It depends of your needs...

Hope you'll be able to finish your projects :)  Have a nice day
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