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Old 17th July 2010
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I have a 1/4" thick peice of weldable steel from Lowes. The piece is 4x12". I will have one cut that will be about 6" long. The rest will be half that.

All I have are a sawzall, jigsaw, and cutoff wheel. I have metal blades for the two saws. Can I do this with these tools? Is one going to work better than the other? I don't have a band saw or a plasma cutter, maybe some day.
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While back bought a cut off disc from Sears.
put it in whats called a contractors saw.
Have cut a lot of rebar.
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ive used a jigsaw but take your time
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a reciprocating saw will work no problem. have a fresh blade. is this straight cuts? a good jigsaw will also work if not straight cuts. fresh sharp blades is the key
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I prefer using a cutoff wheel on my high speed grinder if I don't have a bandsaw available. I have trouble with getting straight cuts with hand held saws.
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If you have a cut off saw or a miter saw, you can buy a carborundum blade (looks like a brown fiberglass wheel. They come in 8, 10 and 12 inch diameters. Buy the one that fits your saw.
Use it ouside. It makes lots of spots and leaves metal dust all over the place.
Cut slow. It will make a straight acurate cut with out all the elbow grease need with a jig saw.

If I had to use a sawzall or jig saw (and I have in the past) I would clamp 2 guides to the plate to prevent the saw from drifting.
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I have a 1/4" thick peice of weldable steel from Lowes. The piece is 4x12". I will have one cut that will be about 6" long. The rest will be half that.

All I have are a sawzall, jigsaw, and cutoff wheel. I have metal blades for the two saws. Can I do this with these tools? Is one going to work better than the other? I don't have a band saw or a plasma cutter, maybe some day.
Hi,

I'm not a steel fabricator by any stretch of the imagination. Usually the first tool I reach for is my side grinder. If I have to make a pretty long straight cut I use a metal blade in my circular saw. I can get a pretty smooth cut with an edge guide.

If I want it done really clean and accurate I take it to the people who make my saddlebag brackets and seat backs. (It's nice to know a guy with a plasma cutter

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Thanks everyone. I have fresh new blades for the jig. Going to give that a go first just cause I want to see how it does as I have a few slight non-straight lines. Cutoff is my back up for everything.
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I have a 1/4" thick peice of weldable steel from Lowes. The piece is 4x12". I will have one cut that will be about 6" long. The rest will be half that.

All I have are a sawzall, jigsaw, and cutoff wheel. I have metal blades for the two saws. Can I do this with these tools? Is one going to work better than the other? I don't have a band saw or a plasma cutter, maybe some day.
I would use the sawzall and dress it up with an angle grinder.
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I was at home depot today and noticed that they sell a metal blade for standard 7 1/4" handheld wood saw, lol. I bet its LOUD
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