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    • November 18, 2020 7:56 PM EST
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      Best saw for cutting brass track

      What do you use to cut track to length?   I will be using LGB and Proline 332 brass track.  Hacksaw?  Anything used to keep the rail in place?  I want a nice clean cut.  

       

    • November 18, 2020 8:11 PM EST
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      i mark them with a feltmarker, cut them with a hacksaw, about a mm too long, while holding them down with the other hand onto a piece of wood.

      then i straighten the cut with a file.

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    • November 19, 2020 4:14 AM EST
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      Dremel with a carbide blade. Works to clean up the ends too. 

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    • November 19, 2020 4:58 AM EST
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      Makita 4" angle grinder with a metal cutting blade, marked with a permanent marker, held by hand.

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    • November 19, 2020 8:13 AM EST
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      GAP said:

      Makita 4" angle grinder with a metal cutting blade, marked with a permanent marker, held by hand.

      Exactly my procedure also.

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    • November 19, 2020 9:51 AM EST
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      I love Harbor Freight.  I will have to look out for one of their coupons.  They are building one in my town.  Yay!

    • November 19, 2020 9:56 AM EST
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      All I have ever used is a rotary tool or small grinder. Hacksaw is too much effort if you are doing a lot of it.

       

    • November 19, 2020 10:08 AM EST
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      Derailed said:

      I love Harbor Freight.  I will have to look out for one of their coupons.  They are building one in my town.  Yay!

      You have to go slow and bite a little@ a time..you might have to remove the miter gauge, prop the section of track to some what level ..it does ok , just clean it up..

       

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    • November 19, 2020 11:02 AM EST
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      Zona hobby saw

    • November 19, 2020 9:35 PM EST
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      My 14" delta band saw is quick, easy and controllable....just have to carry the victim to it...if the victim wants to stay put i use one of those mini hacksaws.  I dont worry about perfect cuts...what for? They dont show.  A little space between rail ends is reccomended

      This post was edited by Eric Schade at November 21, 2020 10:07 AM EST
    • November 19, 2020 10:09 PM EST
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      Vibrating multi tool, I have both corded and battery powered ones. Take it to the track and goes through like butter.

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    • November 20, 2020 8:09 AM EST
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      I have used a Dremel with the right angle drive added to get straight cuts.  I also like Sean use the Mini chop saw.  I still have the original blade in the chop saw and have made over 100 cuts of brass rail.

       

    • November 23, 2020 6:06 PM EST

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      Jerry Bohlander said:

      Vibrating multi tool, I have both corded and battery powered ones. Take it to the track and goes through like butter.

      Jerry

       

       

      Am I the only one disturbed by this response or am I just disturbed ?

    • November 23, 2020 6:20 PM EST
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      Rooster said:
      Jerry Bohlander said:

      Vibrating multi tool, I have both corded and battery powered ones. Take it to the track and goes through like butter.

      Jerry

       

       

      Am I the only one disturbed by this response or am I just disturbed ?

       

      ROTFLMFAO  Think of how disturbed you have to be to even ask that question!!!

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    • November 23, 2020 6:32 PM EST

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      The man is looking for CLEAN cut correct ?

    • November 23, 2020 6:45 PM EST
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      Preferably.  

       

    • November 23, 2020 6:58 PM EST

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      Derailed said:

      Preferably.  

       

      The Atlas rail saw was the cleanest hand cut saw ever used IMO (one rail at at a time) . Kinda like shaving ...depends on how clean a shave you are after?

    • November 26, 2020 10:07 AM EST
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      Thank you.  I will have to cut a bunch.  Basically, If I can make multiple short sections into one bigger one by cutting down straights, I'm going to do it to reduce rail gaps.  And I have a bunch of odd length sections.  Does the Harbor Freight saw cut cleanly?  I will be driving by a HF next week so might pick one up then.   

    • November 27, 2020 7:39 AM EST
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      It will do ok ...but you have to be patient and cut a little @ a time it will bog or bind.

      I just lower it down and take a quick cut etc... 

      Cutting is easier than a dremel which will want ro run away ..  

      This post was edited by Sean McGillicuddy at November 28, 2020 9:26 AM EST
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