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Best metal cutting and prep tools? Newb

Postby 444e » Fri Feb 02, 2018 7:36 pm

Hey guys, I am just getting into welding and was wondering what tools you guys recommend for cutting and prep work. All I have right now is a angle grinder and Sawzall. I bought a pack of wire brushes 4 the angle grinder at Harbor Freight but they don't work very well. Thanks for any help
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Re: Best metal cutting and prep tools? Newb

Postby homeboy » Fri Feb 02, 2018 9:01 pm

444e wrote:Hey guys, I am just getting into welding and was wondering what tools you guys recommend for cutting and prep work. All I have right now is a angle grinder and Sawzall. I bought a pack of wire brushes 4 the angle grinder at Harbor Freight but they don't work very well. Thanks for any help
What type of things do you want to build and what type of material :?:
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Re: Best metal cutting and prep tools? Newb

Postby Poland308 » Fri Feb 02, 2018 9:16 pm

I would add a portaban and an end grinder( dremel on steroids).
I have more questions than answers

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Re: Best metal cutting and prep tools? Newb

Postby tungstendipper » Fri Feb 02, 2018 9:33 pm

I'll add a carbide chop saw.
Lincoln MP 210, Lincoln Square Wave 200,
Everlast 210 EXT
Thermal Dynamics 25 Plasma cutter
3 old socks
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Re: Best metal cutting and prep tools? Newb

Postby cj737 » Fri Feb 02, 2018 10:07 pm

Ditch the wire wheels and get “flap disks” for your grinder and “zip wheels”. The flap disk will strip, grind and bevel most anything thrown at them. The zip wheel is useful and cheap for cutting steel and alloys.
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Re: Best metal cutting and prep tools? Newb

Postby homeboy » Fri Feb 02, 2018 10:27 pm

Various grits of flap disks for the grinder. A high speed 1/2 in drill,corded or battery and a variety of wire wheels cups and cones for cleaning. I have a good 3in grinder wire cup I parked after 1/2 hr. once it got a set and became basicly useless. The drill you can reverse every few moments and always have a sharp wheel. :D
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Re: Best metal cutting and prep tools? Newb

Postby tweake » Fri Feb 02, 2018 10:33 pm

cj737 wrote:Ditch the wire wheels and get “flap disks” for your grinder and “zip wheels”. The flap disk will strip, grind and bevel most anything thrown at them. The zip wheel is useful and cheap for cutting steel and alloys.

+1
for starting out its the chest easiest way to get started.
once your up and running and know what your going to do, then you can work on other tools which are more suited to what you do.

tho i would add basic hand tools. hacksaw, files etc.
tweak it until it breaks
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Re: Best metal cutting and prep tools? Newb

Postby 444e » Fri Feb 02, 2018 11:25 pm

cj737 wrote:Ditch the wire wheels and get “flap disks” for your grinder and “zip wheels”. The flap disk will strip, grind and bevel most anything thrown at them. The zip wheel is useful and cheap for cutting steel and alloys.


Thanks guys, I really appreciate everyone's input. Can you guys recommend a good place to by the flap disc and Zipp Wheels? Or is good old Home Depot as good a place as any?
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Re: Best metal cutting and prep tools? Newb

Postby 444e » Fri Feb 02, 2018 11:33 pm

I noticed that Walter makes a Zipp wheel on Amazon but they are pretty expensive with a lot of different options. Can anyone shed some light on which of these wheels are best to get?
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Re: Best metal cutting and prep tools? Newb

Postby aland » Sat Feb 03, 2018 12:13 am

444e wrote:I noticed that Walter makes a Zipp wheel on Amazon but they are pretty expensive with a lot of different options. Can anyone shed some light on which of these wheels are best to get?


I've used a few Walter Zip wheels on my 4.5" angle grinder and at my LWS they charge about $5/each.

They're pretty thin but work well.

I see you can get a free one from Walter on their website:

https://www.walter.com/zipwheel?utm_cam ... lter-Brand

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