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Old 11-01-2019, 10:21 PM   #1
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Cutting 24 gauge hurrcane panels


I have to cut about a dozen of these hurricane panels, 24 gauge galvanized steel.






The cut is difficult because of the heavier gauge, and cutting through the up-across-down-across pattern.


I tried a tin snip, no good.


My next move was going to be an angle grinder with a thin metal blade or a diamond blade, but I thought I would ask here first if anyone has a better idea.
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Re: Cutting 24 gauge hurrcane panels


I'm going to subscribe as I'm not very knowledgeable in metal fabricating....

But how about a recip saw with a fine metal blade....???
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Re: Cutting 24 gauge hurrcane panels


A circular saw, with a Carborundum (carbide) blade.

Rig a straight edge from 2X and clamp it to the panel, hang the cutoff over the edge of a sawhorse, table, or other sturdy object.

Have a catcher ( 2nd person) to catch the cutoff, and follow the straight edge guide.



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I'm going to subscribe as I'm not very knowledgeable in metal fabricating....

But how about a recip saw with a fine metal blade....???

While it can be done that way it would be hard to control the cut [straight line] .... or at least it would for me.
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Look into the use of a Pneumatic or Electric metal shears just make sure to get the correct blades. Also there are the sheet Metal nibblers that come both Pneumatic & elect.
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Neal: Sold!

I change my recommendation, from the Carborundum to the DIABLO.

Quicker, leaves the cut cleaner, and not hot.

Still a straight edge would help to keep it straight.


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Neal: Sold!

I change my recommendation, from the Carborundum to the DIABLO.

Quicker, leaves the cut cleaner, and not hot.

Still a straight edge would help to keep it straight.


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Years ago I watched a show about the steel mills and they were cutting great big slabs with a saw you might see in a saw mill and have always wondered why we couldn't have that. If I was still cutting rebar I would want that blade.
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I watch a lot of the car shows on the Motortrend channel, and am always impressed by how good they are at cutting car metal with an angle grinder or die grinder with a very thin abrasive blade.
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Now they are making saws that will catch the metal shards.

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When cutting the metal siding for various projects I had going on I used a circular saw with a standard plywood blade installed backwards . Cut fine but is noisy so wear ear protection .
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Ayuh,...... This, ^^^, is how I would go about it,.....
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Re: Cutting 24 gauge hurrcane panels


I've been looking for a sheet metal cutter myself. Have you looked at nibblers? If you have a compressor you can pick up an air nibbler for about $30 at harborfreight. If you don't have a compressor like me, you can get a nibbler attachment for an impact driver for about $40 on amazon. Nibblers will cut up to 14 gauge, so it should make light work of 24 gauge. Electric nibblers are a rip.

Anyway, a nibbler might be the cheapest option but it might not be the straightest cut.
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