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Old 07-27-2011, 04:58 PM   #1
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Best way to cut Diamond Plate?

Well I came across some diamond plate from an old fire truck. I want to make some body protection for my Yj. Whats the best way to cut the diamond plate?

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Old 07-27-2011, 05:00 PM   #2
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Aluminum or steel?

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Old 07-27-2011, 05:01 PM   #3
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Pretty sure its aluminum. If you could tell me both it would be awesome.
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Old 07-27-2011, 05:09 PM   #4
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I would just use a jig saw with a metal cutting blade.
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Old 07-27-2011, 10:12 PM   #5
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I kind of want it to be neat and I have a feeling I couldn't be able to keep the saw straight.
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I have used a circular saw with a carbide blade but as you can imagine the chips do fly so safety wear is a must and dont let the blade catch
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Old 07-27-2011, 10:36 PM   #7
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6" Metabo grinder and their super thin .040" discs make nice cuts.
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Old 07-27-2011, 10:41 PM   #8
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I have used a table saw with carbide blade, as noted, big chips and big noise, but it works fine (if it is aluminum)
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Old 07-27-2011, 10:51 PM   #9
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The grinder sounds like a good Idea.
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Grinders and aluminum do not mix. The cutting wheel will clog. As others have mentioned use and carbide tipped blade (40 teeth works well) with a circular saw or table saw and you will be fine. I work in a sign shop and that’s how we cut aluminum tubing and sheet everyday.
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Old 07-29-2011, 04:10 PM   #11
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Also, if you are worried about getting a straight cut clamp a peice of angle on your sheet and use that as a straight edge.
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Old 08-02-2011, 12:38 AM   #12
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Thanks CBAU, I saw a picture of someone who cut some diamond plate with a jig saw and it came out a lot nicer than I expected. Im just going to do it that way.

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