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ABS cutting

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pat sublett

01-09-2017 17:18:01

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Bought a piece of 1/4 ABS for a panel to mount meters and switches in; building a generator controll for automatic switching. I am assuming that a saber saw with a fine blade would be best for cutting out holes, Anybody got a better idea?

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Dick L

01-10-2017 09:45:13

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 Re: ABS cutting in reply to pat sublett, 01-09-2017 17:18:01  
A fine blade will most likely start to melt the ABS. I use a skip tooth band saw to cut plastic parts to grind to reuse the material back thru the molding press. If forced thru the saw even with a course blade it will melt a ridge on the down side. Which doesn't make any difference for me. Any wood cutting blade would work if it is let to cut its way thru without trying to hurry it. I have about 20,000 pounds of black ABS in my warehouse if you would like to make your own stuff.

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01-10-2017 06:42:21

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 Re: ABS cutting in reply to pat sublett, 01-09-2017 17:18:01  
Sabre saw will cut it fine. Just keep the blade speed slow or it will melt the ABS and clog the teeth. Either wood or metal blades will work.

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JF in MI

01-09-2017 18:14:14

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 Re: ABS cutting in reply to pat sublett, 01-09-2017 17:18:01  
A medium blade would work better. Fine might clog up. I've dona a lot with ABS and it works similar to wood.

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Stephen Newell

01-09-2017 17:51:49

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 Re: ABS cutting in reply to pat sublett, 01-09-2017 17:18:01  
If it's round holes you might use a hole saw to cut the holes.

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pat sublett

01-09-2017 18:05:13

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 Re: ABS cutting in reply to Stephen Newell, 01-09-2017 17:51:49  
The bigger holes are square.

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Michael Soldan

01-09-2017 17:30:51

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 Re: ABS cutting in reply to pat sublett, 01-09-2017 17:18:01  
If you are cutting holes for conduit to come through or wiring a spade bit works very well. then for bigger holes a jig saw.

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01-09-2017 17:29:03

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 Re: ABS cutting in reply to pat sublett, 01-09-2017 17:18:01  
Pipe cutter/tubing cutter makes a nice even smooth cut. Just have to feed it nice and slow.Some even have a thin disk to cut plastic with.

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