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tool of choice for trimming fenders?

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by ryan22re, Dec 30, 2005.

  1. ryan22re

    ryan22re 1/2 ton status

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    whats your tool of choice for trimming fenders?

    im thinking sawzall/cut off wheel
     
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    pauly383 Daddy383 Staff Member Moderator

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    Depends on how far your trimming . Mine are down to the inner femder , used a grinder with a cut off wheel . Did my fenders and quarters for the bumpers to fit with a grinder too .
     
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    ryan22re 1/2 ton status

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    a big angle grinder or a small air powered one?

    i plan on cutting alot.

    ive got a sawzall, but its battery powered, and the battery is about dead after about 30 seconds of cutting.

    im thinking of picking up a 4 1/2 angle grinder and a corded sawzall. maybe borrow a compressor so i can use my little cut off wheel for the corners.
     
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    I would use a small electric grinder, with a 4 1/2" thin cut off disk, but a few and go to town you will have better controll with it.

    if you have a die grinder you cold use cut off disks with it but then your getting a little small i dont know if it would be practical
     
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    I used a plasma cutter :D
     
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    man, that would be nice....
     
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    I also vote for the 4 1/2" cutoff wheel on a grinder. Use it to trim away the outer sheetmetal and then a sawzall for the inner steel. I love my cutoff wheel!
     
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    Everything you have. HF has sales on sawsalls all the time. I had to use a die grinder on most of mine because of the EXO getting in the way.
     
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    You should use this. It would be very nimble, light and easy to use. :D Of course I would take off the concrete blade.
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    I've heard of sheetmetal concious people using jigsaws with metal blades for a cleaner cut.
     
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    my favorite three are the
    1. sawzall
    2. wizzer (or air powered cutoff wheel)
    3. angle grinder with the sheild taken off and a 5inch cutoff disk installed

    LUKE
     
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    i borrowed a buddy's sawzall (a real milwaukee) and an angle grinder. picked up some blades and some cutoff wheels at home depot.

    would like to start cutting now, but i gotta cook dinner...

    *edit* i guess ill have to cut it by the glow of the christmas lights
     
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    Until you jam the damn blade , and break your guide off :(

    Sticking to my cheapo HF orange 4 inch grinder :thumb:
     
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    I use a 4.5" angle grinder. I like it better than the sawzall. It amazes me how much cutting sheet metal can eat the blades.
     
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    definately an air nibbler, it cuts sheetmetal like butter, and then finish of the thicker stuff with a cut-off wheel and a sawz-all if you have to.
     
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    I prefer to use an air powered die grinder when cutting body parts. It gives a lot of control and makes nice clean cuts.
     
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    well the grinder i borrowed wouldnt take the cutoff wheels i wanted to use so i went and bought a new one.
     
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    All them tools sound like trouble and expensive. I used a couple of trees, talk about MAJOR clearence now!!
     

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