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Old 12-09-2013, 12:59   #16
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Re: Cutting Clean-Out Port in Black Iron

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I assume we are talking a 6 or 8" diameter hole. Forget a hole saw for that. You would need a big 1/2-3/4HP drill for that. They are dangerous! and big. alot of power there. Jig saw with the right blade may work. iron is pretty abrasive, I guess you would need a carbide hole saw? or several high speed steel ones.... big $.
I knew a guy who lost a finger and severely damaged another one using one of those big drills. The 3/4" drill jammed, the drill motor spun immediately wrapping the cord around his fingers and the trigger, couldnt stop it. twisted on finger right off. yuck.
I used to routinely cut 6" holes with a hole saw. Yes it does take a few batteries, in a good 1/2" cordless, but the time spent charging is infinitely better than the afore mentioned binding of the saw with a plug in drill. I have done this with the plug in before, but only once.......and never again.
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Old 12-09-2013, 14:50   #17
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Re: Cutting Clean-Out Port in Black Iron

Boy, you mst have a heck of a cordless drill.! using a 3" hole saw in 3/4 ply will easily bind up my 3/8" 120V drill! I cant imagine iron....
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Old 12-09-2013, 14:54   #18
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Re: Cutting Clean-Out Port in Black Iron

20Volt 1/2" lithium battery monster. And I've found that aluminium and steel are a little eaiser to cut than fiberglass and plywood.
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