What do you use to cut sheet metal?

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  1. rustymav1974

    rustymav1974 Livin' The Dream

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    I need a tool to cut off my rusted quarters and I have some small spots (look like bullet holes honestly) on the doors that need to be cut out too. I have no idea what I should use. I've heard of using a cutting torch but I don't cut metal often enough to justify buying one. Is there something I can buy to use with a common power tool most people would have?
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    injectedmav Well-Known Member Supporting Member

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    Thinnest cutting wheels(abrasive) you can find for a 4.5" grinder or airtool. If you can spot sand blast the area, you can see where the rust actually has punched through or thinned the metal that you can miss just by looking.
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    Avaiton hand snips work well for cutting a single layer of sheet metal. For your door holes start in the hole and cut out a circle around it. They will also work well to cut the repair piece. Pick up a left and right set.
    Mitch
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    I just use an electric die grinder with a thin cutoff wheel. Way easier than cutting with an angle grinder, because the wheel is perpendicular to the tool, so you can see your cuts. Like this, but with a cutoff wheel instead of a grinding wheel.
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    Harbor freight air saw here to for close work where you have plenty of room behind the area your cutting. For harder areas, I use a diegrinder with a cutoff wheel.
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    Air saw. cut-off wheel, nibbler or plasma cutter - never a torch if you want a straight panel when you are done.
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    I've got the electric version, I was pretty impressed with it as well. Used it to cut the hole in my hood. I hate doing circles with a die grinder
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    I have one like that and it does the same thing. I decided to just get a new one.
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    By new one do you mean that you bought the same one? or another brand? :16suspect
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    I bought a different brand. The compressor I am using is more than sufficient. I have used some that are airhogs, but this one I borrowed and it didn't even want to spin, so I oiled it and nothing, spins a few rpm's and locks down. The old IR angle one I used professionally for 15+ yrs before the head finally fell off, so I bought an IR to replace the el cheapo.
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    Looked into buying an IR cut-off tool, gonna order one soon. Inectedmav you mentioned spot sand-blasting earlier. I have a sand blaster but what abrasive should I use in it?

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