Cutting Metal Axles

Discussion in 'FAQs' started by rockislandmike, Mar 28, 2004.

  1. rockislandmike

    rockislandmike Active Member

    Hey guys, I've got 0.039" "WIRE" from a company called K&S Engineering in Chicago. I'm using it for axles for tractor trailers, but I'm not sure of the best way to cut it. I've been using my Gerber for the first four of 'em, but that seems like a bad idea long term.

    Is wire snips the way to go ??? It's pretty hard for that. My Dremel with the cutting thingie on it ??? Other ideas ???
  2. RailRon

    RailRon Active Member

    I always use my Dremel tool with an abrasive cutting disk (NOT the tiny circular saw!) for this. Use high rpm and little pressure when touching the wire. :thumb:

    However be careful and ALWAYS wear protective goggles, because those disks are very brittle! They break easily and the shards are quite sharp. I KNOW!!! :eek: :eek: :eek:

  3. BillD53A

    BillD53A Member

    You can use a triangle-shaped file and nick the piano wire. Then bend it at the nick and it will break.
  4. jim currie

    jim currie Active Member

    i assume it is music wire if so i use a diamond impergnated cut off disk for it not as fragile as standard dremel cut off disks:)
  5. Fred_M

    Fred_M Guest

    K&S makes model metals from aluminium, brass, copper, and steel. The first three are easy to cut with the clippers. The steel is piano wire and is best to cut with a file or abrasive wheel. FRED

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