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Old 02-29-2000, 04:23 PM   #1
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Question Trimming panels/sheet metal?

What have you people been using to trim the door panels for speaker fitment? I'm thinking one of those roto-tool deals might work much better than the nippers and tip snips I've used in the past. Especially if you can adjust the depth of cut with a collar, or by some other means.

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Old 02-29-2000, 04:32 PM   #2
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A Dremel with the right attachment works ok, but BY FAR the best tool for this is a nibbler. They might be hard to come by, but we have one in the sheetmetal shop I work at. It's basically a big motor with a 90 degree "head" on it. There's a little notch in the head with a cutter in it that moves up and down real fast. Put the metal you want to cut in the slot and move it where you want to go. It makes lots of sharp, little, moon-shaped slugs but is easy to use, fast, and works perfectly. If you can track one down, it's well worth it. It took me about 30 painless seconds to enlarge the holes to the right size.

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Old 03-01-2000, 06:51 AM   #3
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If you have access to air tools, get a cutting wheel and several sizes of discs. That'll cut any sheetmetal very quickly, very handy for car audio work.

A dremel is not suitable for this type of heavy duty cutting... it's going to take all day and ruin a lot of those tiny little cutting wheels.
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Old 03-20-2000, 12:49 AM   #4
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chris; my car installer just bought new spacers that will fit my mb quarts.. u will save a lot of elow grease this way..
and they are cheap too.. like 10-15 bux
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