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Re: [TowerTalk] Cutting 3/16" EHS...

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Subject: Re: [TowerTalk] Cutting 3/16" EHS...
From: "Dale Martin" <>
Date: Mon, 11 Dec 2006 18:29:17 -0600
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Just get back from a round-the-world cruise, Steve? 

I posted my query a week ago. :-) 

Desperation overtook me and I bought a bolt cutter at Lowe's.  

I misstated it as an HK Porter bolt cutter because I had been reading up on

But, it's a Task Force 18-inch Bolt Cutter.  

It came with a little key chain on the end of one handle with a little
product tag.  

The back of the tag says "You should never have a prlblem with your Task
Force tools.  However, if you do, just return it to the place of purchase
for a free replacement, no questions asked."  

I thought that was pretty cool.  

I've made 14 cuts so far and each cut of the EHS has been as smooth as the
first cut.  

Not bad for $20. 

Dale, kg5u

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> Subject: Re: [TowerTalk] Cutting 3/16" EHS...
> In a message dated 12/3/2006 6:54:32 A.M. Pacific Standard 
> Time, writes:
> >  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 wheels 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 make off of one 7" wheel? 
>     A better option is to use a 4.5" hand-grinder. I  
> couldn't do any tower work without one. Get the thinnest 
> cutting blades and  they'll cut thru EHS in a couple of 
> seconds. Obviously all safety precautions  should be used. 
>     I used to use the 7" aggregate cutting blade on  my Skil 
> saw but it was pretty cumbersome. The little hand-grinder is 
> the only  way to go!
> Cheers,
> Steve      K7LXC
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