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Best tool to cut spring perches off?

Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by PetaKane, Feb 22, 2003.

  1. PetaKane

    PetaKane 1/2 ton status

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    I fiddled around for 2 hours this evening with a die grinder with a cutoff wheel, I guess I need a bigger air compressor. What's worked best for you for cutting perches or shock mounts off the axle tube? Thanks /forums/images/graemlins/wink.gif
     
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    I started with a grinder and ended up using the torch.

    Marc
     
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    Depends on what kind of perches your talking about.
    If they are stamped steel perches you can just use a cutting torch and cut them as close to the tubing as possible then just use an angle grinder on the rest to take it down to the tubing.

    If they are the casted perches, good luck! You can't use a torch with good results. I got the thinest cutting disks i could find for my 4 1/2" angle grinder. I cut notches into the perches and then slammed on them with a BFH to break off the pieces. Then a big grinding blade to take down all the rest of the material.
    I just did this on my 14ff casted perches, only using the angle grinder, and it probally took me 4 hours.
    Have fun! /forums/images/graemlins/thumb.gif
     
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    I don't have a torch so I guess I'll keep on goin at it. Wait, what about a plasma cutter..would that work? /forums/images/graemlins/rotfl.gif
     
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    Die grinder? That's fine, but come on you have to have a 4" angle grinder. Cheap anywhere, even Wal-Mart.
    Will cut through it much faster than the die grinder.
    -- Mike
     
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    /forums/images/graemlins/ooo.gif That's what I forgot to try! I need to get some new grinding wheels first thing tomorrow. Should I get the really thin ones and try to cut, or just get regulars and grind?
     
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    My opinion is to just get the thick ones.
    I have a bulk pack of Dewalt grinding wheels - like 25 or so in a box.
    That is cheaper than buying them one at a time.

    -- Mike
     

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