I have a shear type pair of dykes that cuts 3/16 like butter. They were
made by H K Porter and I got them where I got my wire rope.
----- Original Message -----
From: "Dale Martin" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Sent: Sunday, December 03, 2006 2:27 AM
Subject: [TowerTalk] Cutting 3/16" EHS...
> The 100' roll of 3/16" EHS I ordered last week arrived on my doorstep
> (UPS doesn't even knock anymore).
> Since I had never really cut EHS before (the tower came with the house), I
> checked the TT archives and saw references to metal cutting grinding
> and bolt cutters.
> I went over to the local Lowe's this morning and cringed at the grinding
> wheels....just doesn't seem to be a safe or sane way to cut metal to
> me.....Are they really effective at cutting EHS? How many cuts can you
> off of one 7" wheel?
> I looked for and found the bolt cutters. The 24" HK Porter cutter was $50
> and the 18" was $20. I had a 3" piece of EHS with me and the salesman let
> me try cutting the piece with the 18" cutter. One try and the EHS was 2
> pieces of EHS. Fortunately, I was close to and faced a corner when I cut
> the EHS because both pieces shot out and into the display cases and
> to the floor--out in the open, they could have gone some distance and
> possibly hit someone--lesson learned there... Neither of us was expecting
> Anyway, I bought the 18" cutters and 30 minutes after getting home,
> measuring out and marking the cut points I wanted to make, the job was
> $20 well spent.
> Dale, kg5u
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