I am replacing the railings on a deck and plan to use heavy fence wire.
This is a welded wire, galvanized, very heavy guage. It doesn't bend
(much) and comes in 4' x 16' panels rather than rolls.
I need to make a lot of cuts to get smaller pieces to fit into the
What is the best way to cut this material? One seller recommended bolt
cutters. I suppose I could use a sawzall with a fine-toothed blade but
that sounds laborious. Another friend has recommended an angle
What works well?
The obvious answer is a hack saw, a good blade
does it fast. But a bolt cutter does it a lot
faster. Get an 18" bolt cutter from Harbor
Freight ($7 when on sale). Fast and good for
anything upto 1/4." I've used it on wire 2x4"
fabric which I think is about 12 or 10 gauge and
you hardly know when you cut.
If you have somebody to help hold the stuff an
angle grinder would work very fast. Forget the
sawsall, even a hand hack saw will be easier for
Bolt cutters would be quick, but leave sharp ends, which might need to be
ground down for safety/aesthetic reasons.
Forget the sawzall -- you'll go through a bazillion blades (been there/done
that, with rebar). Forget the hacksaw for the same reason.
You can get a metal-cutting blade for a skilsaw. Works well, but makes a
TON of sparks . Probably similar to the angle grinder, which I don't own.
Why not listen to the guy who sells the material? He's got by far the
best choice listed. You don't say just what gage these panels
are--there are many different ones. If it's what we call "hog panels"
the bolt cutter is really the only practical way. If they're lighter, a
pair of fencing pliers w/ the notch wire cutters work well and are more
Knipex Compact Bolt-cutters. They're the size of
regular wire-cutters, but double action like 3' bolt cutters
Fence pliers good if you've got the hand-strength to work them,
because you can bend and twist with them too, but I've never
seen any with the compound hinge that makes the Knipex so much
fun to cut with.
A cut off grinder will work. I have worn out about ten cut off grinders in
my lifetime. They are, without a doubt, the nastiest, dirtiest, most
dangerous way of cutting things that I can think of. If you use them
properly, they will do the job. BUT, if you have a lot to cut, and you want
to do it easily, safely, and quickly, GET SOME BOLT CUTTERS. Crimineltly,
you can get a cheap pair for $20 today.
Why in the world even mess with a grinder even if you have one?
Not if you have the proper attachment. There is a guy here in SW Idaho
who came up with a "brush cutting" attachment. It basically looks like
the stationary bar on a sickle bar cutter or a hedge trimmer. It bolts
to the side of the bar. As you know, when cutting brush the tendency
is for the chain to just pull the limbs towards the saw w/o cutting
them, possibly jamming and/or derailing the chain. This attachment's
fingers "catches" the limbs/brush and hold them so the chain can do
it's thing. They showed a video of it, worked about as good a regular
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