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 Post subject: 4mm tread plate
PostPosted: Sun Nov 15, 2015 3:31 pm 
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I managed to aquire a couple of pieces of aluminium tread plate,it was being used on the floor in store room in a restaurant where they store beer kegs
Im looking to use it to overlay a ramp im making for mums wheel chair
Ive tried cutting it with my grinder and a metal disc,a hacksaw will take untill the next millenium,any advice as to what will cut it,
At the moment the piece measures about 1200 x 1000 and im looking to cut it too 600 x 1000
Thanks in advance

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Aluminium cutting blade in a table saw, or one in a hand held circular saw would be the way I would do it for a straight cut. Or you could try a local metal shop with a guilitine.
Metal disc aren't ment for grinders on aluminium as the clog the discs



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If you know of a local fabrication shop you might get it cut for the price of a pint.

Not very much to cut.... A decent quality thin cutting disc or two should go through that okay. I use 5" cuting discs all the time on ally without a problem. If they are cheapy discs that may be your problem.

Either that or a jigsaw, turn it upside down, and use something along the lines of T123X blades, nice and coarse, a tiny bit of oil here and there and keep the speed fairly slow.

Should be easy enough to get a fairly decent straight cut with either method. :thumbright:

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Hitch wrote:
If you know of a local fabrication shop you might get it cut for the price of a pint.

Not very much to cut.... A decent quality thin cutting disc or two should go through that okay. I use 5" cuting discs all the time on ally without a problem. If they are cheapy discs that may be your problem.

Either that or a jigsaw, turn it upside down, and use something along the lines of T123X blades, nice and coarse, a tiny bit of oil here and there and keep the speed fairly slow.

Should be easy enough to get a fairly decent straight cut with either method. :thumbright:



they are cheap ones Hitch,i bought them from Aldi when they had the tool event,ill try the jigsaw blades thanks for the reply

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Thewindowguy wrote:
Aluminium cutting blade in a table saw, or one in a hand held circular saw would be the way I would do it for a straight cut. Or you could try a local metal shop with a guilitine.
Metal disc aren't ment for grinders on aluminium as the clog the discs


thanks for the reply,as it would be a one off cut do you think the Titan brand at Screwfix would do it

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Just had a look at the Titan saw blades , I can't see why not .
I used a wood blade the other day to cut a length of u channel into a wedge shape 3 Meters long each leg at 6mm thick I had no trouble using a cordless saw , the blade was a lidl one so if it didn't work no big loss.
Also used trend lubricating stick but most lubricant will work



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