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Tool Talk Discussion Forum

Cutting Acrylic to size?

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Jim in Ma.

11-25-2013 04:40:47
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I have a sheet of clear 1/4" acrylic I need to cut to size for some side windows in a cab. All straight cuts. What tool would be best for that? - Thanks Jim




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Zachary Hoyt

11-25-2013 18:29:28
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 Re: Cutting Acrylic to size? in reply to Jim in Ma., 11-25-2013 04:40:47  
Band saw for me too, regular wood cutting type.
Zach



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dhamps10

11-25-2013 16:38:03
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 Re: Cutting Acrylic to size? in reply to Jim in Ma., 11-25-2013 04:40:47  
Band saw works best.

Dennis



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flembo

11-25-2013 15:55:27
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 Re: Cutting Acrylic to size? in reply to Jim in Ma., 11-25-2013 04:40:47  
I agree with JRSutton I have cut up hundreds of 4'x8'x 1/4" sheets for machine guards using a table saw.Now with new management we send it all out to be water jetted I don't see how it can be cheeper but who am I.I could it if was odd shapes but it's all square or rectangle and occasionaly triangle.



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missouri massey man

11-25-2013 12:21:09
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 Re: Cutting Acrylic to size? in reply to Jim in Ma., 11-25-2013 04:40:47  
It's fairly easy to cut with a Metabo and razor blade for cutting sheet metal and other thin materials. Essentially a 4" angle grinder with super thin blade....ergo "razor" blade. It'll kinda melt and curl up some of the off fall, but peel that off with a gloved finger then dress it down on a belt sander. It will work very easily. It's easy to form also if you carefully heat with a heat gun. Too much heat and it'll bubble and distort a bit. You're lucky...all straight and flat.

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JRSutton

11-25-2013 11:12:11
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 Re: Cutting Acrylic to size? in reply to Jim in Ma., 11-25-2013 04:40:47  
table saw will work, it'll work best with a blade that lists plastics on the intended materials list.

But if you've got rounded corners, or anything other than a straight simple line - a sabre saw is probably your best bet.

Obviously leave the protective coating on until you're done cutting.



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Jim in Ma.

11-25-2013 07:18:28
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 Re: Cutting Acrylic to size? in reply to Jim in Ma., 11-25-2013 04:40:47  
Thanks, It is Lexan. I will try cutting it with my 4" grinder with a thin cutoff wheel.



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Bus Driver

11-26-2013 06:51:43
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 Re: Cutting Acrylic to size? in reply to Jim in Ma., 11-25-2013 07:18:28  
First you say it is acrylic and then you say it is Lexan. Lexan is a GE trademark (now SABIC Innovative Plastics) for polycarbonate.
Polycarbonate is much tougher and priced much higher.
Do not clean these materials with ammonia- which is in most glass cleaners.



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Dirt

11-25-2013 07:12:43
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 Re: Cutting Acrylic to size? in reply to Jim in Ma., 11-25-2013 04:40:47  
I use my table saw with just a normal blade.



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inkspot

11-25-2013 07:10:19
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 Re: Cutting Acrylic to size? in reply to Jim in Ma., 11-25-2013 04:40:47  
they sell a laminate blade to cut formica works great on the other plastic like sheets i have ine on my table saw great for plywood too



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wile E

11-25-2013 06:57:01
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 Re: Cutting Acrylic to size? in reply to Jim in Ma., 11-25-2013 04:40:47  
I would highly recommend using a Lexan or other non-shattering polycarbonate sheet. Acrylic will splinter and crack very easily. Dont ask me how I know this.



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tomturkey

11-25-2013 06:30:18
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 Re: Cutting Acrylic to size? in reply to Jim in Ma., 11-25-2013 04:40:47  
I've used a table saw with a carbide blade. Keep the blade as low as possible and still cut thru the plexi-glass, keep the piece tight to the table.Use you personal protective gear. gobble



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JOHNNYfromMI

11-25-2013 06:28:14
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 Re: Cutting Acrylic to size? in reply to Jim in Ma., 11-25-2013 04:40:47  
I would think a chainsaw would cut it, but don't think you would like the results.



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Router..John,PA

11-25-2013 05:28:28
209.163.120.173



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 Re: Cutting Acrylic to size? in reply to Jim in Ma., 11-25-2013 04:40:47  
I generally use my wood router with a "pattern" cutting bit. HTH.



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showcrop

11-25-2013 04:49:31
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 Re: Cutting Acrylic to size? in reply to Jim in Ma., 11-25-2013 04:40:47  
I had to cut a piece a year ago and after a few tries with lots of cracking with various means I ended up using my grinder.



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