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Best tool for cutting sheet metal

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Making a sculpture out of old stove pipe,  a giant tin man with an eternal flame heart. Need to cut pieces of stove pipe,  sheet metal,  probably all about 14 -18 ga.

Using tiny sheet metal screws for connections.

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got them, thanks! Looks like they'll work great.

I might give him the skis too, at least for the winter.

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Tin snips are fine for straight, thin metal, but for thicker metal, or already shaped metal, I use an electric angle grinder with cutoff wheels.  Air cutoff tools take a TON of air, and spin so fast that when the wheels break (and they will) they become projectiles.  The electric grinder doesn't spin as fast and the cutoff wheels are thicker.

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On 11/12/2016 at 5:36 PM, Furbird said:

Tin snips are fine for straight, thin metal, but for thicker metal, or already shaped metal, I use an electric angle grinder with cutoff wheels.  Air cutoff tools take a TON of air, and spin so fast that when the wheels break (and they will) they become projectiles.  The electric grinder doesn't spin as fast and the cutoff wheels are thicker.

Yep, this.  From an ex- tinknocker.  Use a a cutoff wheel for the round tube and snips for the flat work.

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