Dremel. That was my /other/ solution. The one that everybody here
Dremel. That's spelled D-R-E-M-E-L. Cheap, versatile, and cuts through some
pretty hard steel. Including padlock hasps.
A quote from my original post: "...or Dremel will do just fine, althought
it may take you a few minutes to cut through the hasp. I've cut through
a few [hasps] with my Dremel and the heavy-duty (gray cap) wheels."
Forget the hacksaw. Hacksaw was only /one/ of /two/ solutions I posted. The
Dremel was the other one. Dremel. Not hacksaw.
Got it? Do I need to say it again? I will anyway: Dremel. Not just hacksaw,
And a face shield or at the very least, goggles. I assume the ones that
appear to have a window-screen like mesh pattern embedded in them are fiber
I've been recording "Storage Wars" on A&E all night, pausing to look at how
they cut locks. They even showed how easy it is to open a safe with an
angle grinder. Cut the hinges and crowbar the door out. The huge electric
jobs they use seem to open most locks within seconds.
Cutting the hinges off most safes will yield nothing as (most) safes have
pins that engage more than one side.
An easier way to open a safe, at least the low-priced fire safes, is to
attack the top with a hatchet or angle grinder. The safe is clad in 1/16"
steel which can be cut with an angle grinder or roofing hatchet. Below that
is a couple of inches of concrete, also easily (relatively) removed. Beyond
the concrete is another thing layer of metal. Get through that, and you're
When you watch a 14" diamond blade in a cut off saw go through stuff
it makes you wonder what would stop it.
The guys cutting up the old concrete and steel in a slab I had removed
made bite sized chunks of 6" of concrete and #5 rebar in a short time.
The steel is tough on the diamond blade but it eats it.
That's pretty odd because the rusty bolt cutters I have fell off a truck,
too. They've been "in the family" for almost 50 years since I retrieved
them from a Brooklyn, NY street after I saw them bounce off the back of a
garbage truck. There's even fancy metal scroll work on the handles. They
don't cut worth a damn, though. I'd be very surprised if they cut through a
hardened steel shackle considering what they've failed to cut in the past.
I was out quail hunting once, and came upon a custom sewn canvas package
that had some unusual items in it. One was a short set of bolt cutters.
The other was some form of a T knife the configuration of which I have never
seen before. One part of it looked like a game gutting knife with the V and
a blade mounted in the V. We never were able to identify the tools except
for the bolt cutters, and too much time has lapsed now, and the rest of the
stuff has been deleted from my grey matter hard drive. It was obviously
high dollar government stuff that had bounced off the back of a truck, and
it was in a spot where there was no road, so assume it had been carried in.
It was a custom sewn compartmented canvas rollup bag, but no ID marks.
1. Big Lots has an angle grinder for $15, its pretty good.
2. Use a round 100% stainless for replacement,
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