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Unread 10-24-2013, 02:28 PM   #1
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Default Best Equipment for cutting UDS

I'm using a UDS for BBQ but have another one that I'd like to cut to make a grill. I was wondering what the best tool is for cutting out a quarter section of the wall? Grizzly just sent the following ad to my email:

"H5503 Electric Sheet Metal Shear

This Electric Sheet Metal Shear features a 1/2 HP, 110V, 2500 RPM, 3.8 amp motor, a 360 degree adjustable swivel head, and variable speeds from 0 to 2500 SPM. Cuts up to 14 gauge in mild steel and 18 gauge in stainless, at up to 150 inches per minute. Weighs 5 lbs."

Would this tool be appropriate or should I get something else?

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Saber saw and a pack of metal cutting blades or a cutoff wheel and a high speed angle grinder.
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I've never used the shears before, but was wondering about them myself. I used a sawsall with metal blade and a high speed air cutter with a 3 in disk. Sawsall beat me up and was hard to control air cutter slower but lots prettier. Im sure someone here used the shears before.
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Curious as to the shears as well.
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I've used electric shears in the past, and they work great for cutting thin metal, it can be a little difficult to get a straight line. If it were me and I was going to buy a tool for this specific task, I'd get a sawzall or a grinder because you can use them for a lot more than just cutting metal.
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How often will you use the shears after this particular job? If I were only cutting the drum I'd just use a manual handsaw with a metal cutting blade. It'll take some time and effort, for sure, but you might have better control too.

This is pretty nifty, and similar to something I have:

http://www.acetoolonline.com/product...ct_listing_ads
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Saber saw and a pack of metal cutting blades or a cutoff wheel and a high speed angle grinder.
+1...Do NOT use a Sawz-All unless your aim is true.
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+1...Do NOT use a Sawz-All unless your aim is true.
And if you are prone to moments of dumbarsery then definitely do not use a sawzall...personal experience.
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I've used them all, shears are fast for thin metal like mentioned and hard to get a perfect cut. Cutoff wheels are good on a straight or 90 degrees air grinder. Electric 4 inch grinders are harder to control for a perfect cut. The 90 deg air grinder with the "green wheel" are thin and you can make a perfect cut if you have a compressor big enough to supply the air. They make alot of dust. Sawzall, I can cut a vehicle completely in half/quarters within less than a 1/16 of an inch of my line at the most. But I do have alot of experience. Never put the "foot " of the sawzall against your object after you get started cutting, use a longer blade when your trying to hold a straight line. 32 teeth per inch for a fine cut, 18 teeth for a faster cut on metal. When you reach the end of your cut you really have to be careful. With the 90 deg air grinder it will take longer than the sawzall.
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I used a dewalt disc grinder to cut the top off of mine. I never tried cutting one in half.
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4 1/2" angle grinder with a cut off disc
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4 1/2" grinder with cut-off wheel. Get a 10 pack of wheels from Harbor Freight. Snap a line for your cut and just score it gently with the cut-off wheel. You then have a groove that will result in a straight line.

Wear your gloves and for God's sake wear safety glasses or face shield.
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Agreed, works great!!
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Thanks, all, for the advice. As I am about the most mechanically disinclined person that you can imagine I will take your safety advice to heart, as well. I sounds like the 4 1/2" angle grinder is a popular choice - so I'm going to go with that.
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Thanks, all, for the advice. As I am about the most mechanically disinclined person that you can imagine I will take your safety advice to heart, as well. I sounds like the 4 1/2" angle grinder is a popular choice - so I'm going to go with that.
Avoid Harbor Freight grinders and blades. Pick up a Dewalt or similar at Home Depot, they have blades too.
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