Monday, January 15, 2007

 

will it cut?


i bought this acme threaded rod for the drive thread, but it came in 3' lengths. how do i cut it? aka what is the cheapest / least dangerous way. i'm pretty sure its steel.

i do have a hacksaw... would that be possible?

Comments:
Greetings,

Usually rod like this (if I correctly understand what you have) has been hardened -- and a hacksaw will barely scratch it. (If you try that, I suggest you try it very near an end.)
OK -- the usual way to cut it is with an abrasive cut-off disk, held in a little arbor, spun very fast by a dremel or other rotary tool. The disks are approx 1 inch (25 mm) diameter, and very thin (few tenths of a mm, if I recall.)

Hope this helps,

Larry
 
Dremel tools are great for cutting this type of rod. Considering everything it can do, a Dremel tool is a great investment.
 
awesome! i indeed have a dremel and i love cutting metal with it. just wondering if there was a better way =)
 
What's the pitch on that Acme rod Zach? What did you pay for it and the nuts I see on it?
 
Many years ago, a shop teacher gave me a tip on cutting a threaded rod:

Thread a couple nuts on first, past the point where you're going to cut. After you cut the rod, remove the nuts. This should help clean up the thread at the cut point.

I've done this and it does appear to help. It's a lot easier to remove a nut from a crooked thread than it is to put one on.
 
Many years ago, a shop teacher gave me a tip on cutting a threaded rod:

Thread a couple nuts on first, past the point where you're going to cut. After you cut the rod, remove the nuts. This should help clean up the thread at the cut point.

I've done this and it does appear to help. It's a lot easier to remove a nut from a crooked thread than it is to put one on.
 
weird... i posted a comment here earlier but it didnt post.

anyway, its acme 1/2"-10 which i got at www.use-enco.com and it cost ~ $5 each while the nuts cost ~$1 each.
 
That's OK. Mine posted twice. Can't seem to delete them though.
 
Thanks for the tips! I'm switching to Acme threads myself, and it hadn't occurred to me I'd have any problems cutting steel with a hacksaw.
 
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