I need to cut some 1/2" rebar. I have a Sawzall with a metal cutting
blade and a circular saw with a cut off wheel. I don't have a torch or
access to one or a decent bolt cutter. Ideas on the best method to cut
I've preferred the angle grinder with cutoff wheel myself. It's much
easier to handle than a circular saw. If you had only one or two
pieces, go with the sawzall (safer than a circ-saw). If you have more
than a couple, use the angle grinder - or circular saw if you don't
have the grinder (though a cheap one can usually be found at Harbor
Freight for $25 or so).
You only need to cut about half way through the rebar, then you'll be
able to break it off by bending the rebar at the cut. I cut over 240
pieces this way with a hacksaw and I only went through 2 blades. Hope
You can cut 1/2" rebar fairly easily with a hacksaw. You only need to
cut about 1/2 way through the bar then you can bend the rebar at the
cut and it will break. Rebar seems to be fairly soft metal. Hope this
My favorites, in order of preference
Ironworker hydraulic cutter
cut off saw
LONG pair of bolt cutters
Depends on how much you are going to do, where you are going to do it, other
BTW, I got a pair of bolt cutters at a police auction for $10. They are
American made, and will cut just about anything. Really handy for lots of
Yeah, I bet the crook that got nabbed with them really misses them!
Next lot is a set of burglar's tools - assorted lockpicks, jimmies and
other breaking and entering related gear. Who'll start off the
bidding? Can I get $10? ;)
Other than the band saw, the order seems right to me.
Take it from an old rod buster. Go to the rental store and rent a
manual or electric rebar cutter. With a manual you can cut two at a
time in about 1 second if the blades are good. Don't waste your time
with cutting it with a saw or blade.
I use my DeWalt grinder with a 4" steel cutting blade. It works quickly on
rebar. I cut about halfway through and then I can bend and break off the
That grinder is one of the most handiest tools I own. I've solved a lot of
nasty plumbing demolition jobs and cutting off large nails sticking through
studs when renovating, etc. It's indispensible for home maintenance.
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On Tue, 07 Feb 2006 12:57:41 -0500, NickySantoro
Thanks to all who responded. I only need to make a total of 6 cuts to
turn two eight foot lengths into eight four foot pieces.
I'll start with the hacksaw and go from there as needed.
Again, thanks to all.
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