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Old 07-01-2013, 04:38 PM   #1
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Picking up several panels of Fortress Fe26 railing for my deck project.
All of it comes in standard (6 and 8 foot) sizes and will need to be trimmed down.
Fairly substantial iron construction,with a nice powder coated finish,which I would very much like to preserve
What tool or tools are the best to get for cutting this.
Have a sawsall but dont think this will give precision cuts.
Sections won't fit on a chop saw
Don't want to burn pieces off with a torch
Hacksaw is for,you know,hacks
Does that leave my only choice a circular saw with a metal blade?
Makes me wish I was back in the Fire Department as a roof saw with a metal blade on it would make short work of the iron.

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Old 07-01-2013, 04:47 PM   #2
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Why not order it cut to size?
No web site to look at?

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With a good variable speed sawsall and a Lennox blade, technique would need to be awful sloppy not to make precision cuts.
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I'd use an an angle grinder. There's absolutely no finesse with a Sawzall.
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I'd use an an angle grinder. There's absolutely no finesse with a Sawzall.
I can't help your technique. You'll just have to learn that on your own. I have jeweler's shops waiting in line for my services.
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I'd use an an angle grinder. There's absolutely no finesse with a Sawzall.

Ayuh,.... That'd be my 1st choice, with a thin disc....
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A metal cutting blade on the chop saw would be the only way to get a finish quality cut imo.
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Milwaukee Porta-Band, or a right angle grinder with a thin reinforced metal cut off blade. I have a Bosch 4.5 and I love it. I can make good cuts with my sawsall too. The key is to use a fine tooth blade and keep the foot down on the work.
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The key is to use a fine tooth blade and keep the foot down on the work.
The key would be the operator. Sawzall Art isn't for everybody.
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We install a lot of that railing... GRINDER IS A NO GO! I'll say it again DON'T USE A GRINDER. Use a portable band saw, or a jigsaw with a metal cutting blade will do an OK job.
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We install a lot of that railing... GRINDER IS A NO GO! I'll say it again DON'T USE A GRINDER. Use a portable band saw, or a jigsaw with a metal cutting blade will do an OK job.

Ayuh,... Bein' an Iron Worker, I gotta ask,....

Why Not,..??
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Ayuh,... Bein' an Iron Worker, I gotta ask,....

Why Not,..??
It's powder coated metal.........
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Ayuh,... Bein' an Iron Worker, I gotta ask,....

Why Not,..??
Because it will bubble the powder coating on the end, it will take longer, it's not as precise (remember this is a DIY site these guys don't typically have a QUALITY grinder and a very steady hand)

Or just ignore the advice of someone who has installed over 100 of these panels and just wing it. Whatever. I don't care it's not on my house.
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just as Robert mentioned, do not add heat from the cut! it will melt the finish close to the cut. a good hardy metal blade on a sawz all or band saw will cut it with little heat involved. add tape or something similar to the base of the sawz all so you do not damage the finish with the metal saw base while cutting against the railing. maybe even clamp a guide next to the cut location to help keep the saw blade in place, a sawz all blade likes to bounce around...
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I'd use a hack saw with a brand new, fine tooth blade. Take your time and start your cuts with a few back strokes. Change out the blade as soon as needed. A bit slower than all the power tools mentioned, but not as slow as you may think.

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