You can use a angle grinder to cut long nuts to fit them perfectly or trim exposed nuts to prevent injuries. Angle Grinders perform great in this task since they come with a sturdy disc such as a diamond disc, have a powerful motor and are comfortable to hold.
Before embarking on the cutting process, let’s look at the best angle grinder
Other methods proposed for cutting metal bolts are tiresome and don’t perform great. So if you want to get that stubborn nut to the right size, grab an angle grinder. Ensure your tool is functioning wheel and powered well.
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Process of cutting Metal Bolts using a Angle Grinder
What you need to cut a metal bolt
- Bolt – the one you need to cut or trim
- Marker pen
- 2 Nuts
- Abrasive pad
- Angle grinder
Step 1: use a marker pen to mark the cut line
Measure the length of the bolt to ensure you get the right size. Use a marker pen to mark the length of the bolt. You should be careful to mark exactly where you want to cut.
Step 2: add 2 nuts to the bolt
In this step screw two nuts onto the bolt up to the base. Ensure the nuts are tight and close to each other. The nuts will make it easy to clamp the bolt to the worktable. They will also help you in lining the threads once you cut the bolt.
Step 3: Clamp the bolt
After adding the nuts, clamp the bolt on the worktable. Make sure the bolt is tightly held and in the right angel. Remember that a wrong angle won’t offer you a clear view when cutting the bolt. Also, clamping it properly will allow assuming the best position when cutting.
Step 4: cut the metal bolt with your angle grinder
Carefully turn your angle grinder and start cutting. For good results, cut at a flat angle to avoid compromising the threads. Without applying force or pressure, cut through the bolt.
This process will take a short time may be less than a minute. When cutting direct the tool away from your body. Additionally, hold the handle firmly to prevent the tool from falling.
After cutting the bolt do not hold it directly with bare hands. This will prevent injuries because the bolt gets hot while cutting. Also, ensure to turn off the tool immediately after cutting.
Step 5: Now deburr the cut metal bolt
Neaten and smoothen the cut end of the bolt. This process will make smooth the sharp end that might prick your skin. You can use an abrasive pad to deburr it.
Step 6: Reform the thread
Now unscrew the added nuts towards the top of the thread to a point where it proves resistance. Use a wrench to back it entirely off the bolt. This process will reform the thread making the bolt useful. Now you can use the bolt for your purpose.
During this process ensure to observe safety guidelines. Wear eye and ear protections to prevent injuries.