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Ted in NE-OH
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 04, 2013 5:37 pm    Post subject: Cutting steel siding Reply to specific post Reply with quote

I need to cut a piece of steel siding lengthwise (12 ft) What is the best way to do it.??
 
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 04, 2013 5:39 pm    Post subject: Re: Cutting steel siding Reply to specific post Reply with quote



Use a sharp utility knife and a straight edge. Score the sheet several times, bend back and forth at the score line. Works slick. Very Happy
 
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 04, 2013 10:03 pm    Post subject: Re: Cutting steel siding Reply to specific post Reply with quote

I use a metal cutting circular saw that has virtually no vent holes for metal filings to get in and damage the brushes.
I believe the duty cycle is such that you have to let them cool on longer run jobs.

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PostPosted: Fri Jul 05, 2013 3:57 am    Post subject: Re: Cutting steel siding Reply to specific post Reply with quote

As Scott said, scoring with a utility knife works well. I usually use a metal nibbler running along a clamped-on straight-edge of some kind, but that means you"d have to have a nibbler. Try the utility-knife trick first.
 
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 05, 2013 11:46 am    Post subject: Re: Cutting steel siding Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Install an old wood cutting blade backwards in a regular circular saw. Seems to work ok.
 
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 05, 2013 4:19 pm    Post subject: Re: Cutting steel siding Reply to specific post Reply with quote

score and snap is the best way
 
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 05, 2013 9:50 pm    Post subject: Re: Cutting steel siding Reply to specific post Reply with quote

If it was only one sheet I would use a 4 1/2" grinder with a zip disc.
I use that thing a lot these days to cut most any metal under a 1/4". It cuts clean and fast.
 
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 06, 2013 2:55 am    Post subject: Re: Cutting steel siding Reply to specific post Reply with quote


Be careful about cutting with anything that makes hot sparks, they can land on a painted surface and melt into the paint.

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PostPosted: Sat Jul 06, 2013 3:15 am    Post subject: Re: Cutting steel siding Reply to specific post Reply with quote

I've put saw blades on backwards on circular saws and even bought a carbide saw blade made to cut steel and both have shot chunks of steel into my skin. The easiest and safest way I've found is to use a metal cutting corborundom blade for the saw. It spits sparks and you need a full face shield and hearing protection but it doesn't spit shrapnel.
 
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 06, 2013 5:37 am    Post subject: Re: Cutting steel siding Reply to specific post Reply with quote

If you don't want rust, use shears.
 
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 06, 2013 10:24 am    Post subject: Re: Cutting steel siding Reply to specific post Reply with quote

mkirsch wrote:
(quoted from post at 13:46:54 07/05/13) Install an old wood cutting blade backwards in a regular circular saw. Seems to work ok.


WEAR EAR PROTECTION IF YOU DO THIS! (don't ask me how I know)
 
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 07, 2013 7:01 am    Post subject: Re: Cutting steel siding Reply to specific post Reply with quote

buy a nibbler. the BEST money you will ever spend if you work with pole barn metal much at all. We did the backwards plywood blade thing for years....then got a nibbler. Maybe a $150.00? It is a electric Makita. GREAT tool.
 
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 07, 2013 8:00 am    Post subject: Re: Cutting steel siding Reply to specific post Reply with quote


Take a look at this one.


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