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Old 08-11-2013, 10:15 PM   #1
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Any tips for cutting stainless steel?


I need to cut some .020" (25 gauge) stainless steel trim.

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Mostly it will be straight cuts - cutting to length, cutting off a small part of one side, etc. The trickiest part will be two 90 degree bends. Can anyone suggest the best tools to use. I have metal shears and can rent any power tools (cutoffs, etc.) that would be useful. I have a Dremel, if that would be any good for touch-up grinding to clean up burrs. Any ideas?

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A band saw would be best.

Next...a Sawzall with a good metal blade.

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Old 08-12-2013, 06:05 AM   #3
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Even a hack saw will work. Stainless is a soft metal.
Is it just me or does anyone else see there's not going to be anyway to bend a piece of metal that shape without destroying it.
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Old 08-12-2013, 06:17 AM   #4
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I think he means just cutting through the bend.
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I'd use a jigsaw with the finest tooth metal blade on the shelve.

A piece of masking tape on the cut area will help with marking and seeing the cut. Clamping the piece will help a lot too.
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If its just a few cuts, I agree with the hacksaw approach. Get a good blade like a Lennox, with very fine teeth, 24 tip. Less chance for damage vs. using a power tool. Plus you'll get a cut with hardly any burr.
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Not exactly the same situation, but the wife decided she wanted a kitchen backsplash made of the trendy (and spendy) 16-gauge stainless steel tiles. I used my miter saw to cut them. No special blade, just the regular 24-tooth one that was already on it. Did have to replace the blade when I was done but was planning on replacing it anyway.
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Hi guys, sorry to jump in...but u mentioned cutting stainless steel, that's like corrugated iron, right? With a jigsaw...with a metal cutting blade?
I thought I could only use my jigsaw to cut wood
Pls tell me more abt the type of blade to ask for art the hardware
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Hi guys, sorry to jump in...but u mentioned cutting stainless steel, that's like corrugated iron, right? With a jigsaw...with a metal cutting blade?
I thought I could only use my jigsaw to cut wood
Pls tell me more abt the type of blade to ask for art the hardware
With the right blade, a jigsaw will most certainly cut metal. They are called, oddly enough, metal-cutting blades.
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...ok...cool. and I suppose it only cuts soft metal.
It's still have to angle grind the metal that a angle iron it's made of
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The stainless steel being discussed in this thread is very thin (.020 - .0625 inches). If you want to cut angle iron, you're probably be better off using a reciprocating saw (generically called a Sawzall). There are metal-cutting blades for them as well.
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Bunch of wimps! How come no one mentioned using a plasma cutter!
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...ok...cool. and I suppose it only cuts soft metal.
It's still have to angle grind the metal that a angle iron it's made of
Why are you so skeptical? It will work fine on angle iron.
An angle grinder is probably easier if you don't mind a rough cut.
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Cutting s/s will be easier if you use a spray bottle filled with water. The water will keep the metal cool and flush the metal particles away. Can you clamp wood as a guide for the cutting tool. Don't buy cheap blades, use Lennox or Milwaukie

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