[RESOLVED] best tool to use to cut an exhaust off

Posted by Teflon, Mar 4, 2008
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  1. Teflon

    Teflon Proven Member

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    Blackwood, New_Jersey
    Hey I need a suggestion for the best tool to use to cut an exhaust off (from behind the cat). Ive been using a grinder all morning with no luck and I don't own a sawzall.
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    You cant cut the pipe with a grinder? What kind of disc do you have on there? I'v cut alot of exhausts with a grinder and have never had any problems getting through the metal.
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    Are you using a cut-off wheel on the grinder? I would think that a proper cut-off wheel would make short work of exhaust.

    You also could buy/rent/borrow a sawzall. Home Depot rents tools.
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  4. Teflon

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    To tell you the truth I don't know what type of grinder wheel it is. Its black with a cross-section metal threading And cutting it isn't really the problem. I have it 2/3's of the way through but the disk isn't big enough to cut all the way through without the grinder hitting the bottom of the pipe.
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    Ah, 4" wheel, and exhaust bigger than 2". Can you hacksaw the rest?
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    It sounds like you have a cutting wheel that is wearing down. Go buy a bigger diameter wheel if you can find one big enough for what you want to do.
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    A hack saw.... Might take you an extreme amount of time. But they have metal cutting blades for them. Or go to Harbor Freight and buy a cheap sawzall.
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    When I did mine, I had a Thick chain that had a handle on end and in the middle of each link, there was a small circular blade.....You would wrap the chain around the exhaust where you wanted to cut and lock the link(opposite side of the handle) in place to fit snug on the exhaust......Then all you do is move the tool back and fourth and within a minute, you exhaust is off.....

    I rented it at an auto parts store but not sure if what stores you have where you live....
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  9. Teflon

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    I don't own a hacksaw either LOL. I really don't have many power tools, just a lot of hand tools. I have a rotozip but I'm afraid of it jumping and taking out the bottom of my car :) That thing its vicious.
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    Hacksaw!
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    All you got to do is take off the rubber hangers on the exhausts so it can hang down some and cut the last bit from the top.
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    Exhaust & tailpipe cutter
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  13. Teflon

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    Hey would they sell that exhaust pipe cutter at pep boys or Autozone?
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    They sell one sort of like it; more of a vise grip with the cutter blade welded to it. Works the same, just isn't quite as fancy and takes a little more space to work it. Harbor Freight sells one that's a little different still , so there's no shortage of designs to do the job.
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    home depot rents milwalkee sawzalls for like 13 bucks
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    Buy a new wheel
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    Dremel the rest LOL.
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    Pocket knife works best in the woods.
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    Yea sawzall! does the trick in about 15-30 seconds?

    we used one to hack off my buddies exhaust like right after the resonator/cat in his 2wd Ford ranger...god that thing was noisy as sh**. He didn't care and thought it was funny as hell...he backfired under a bridge one time and I was with him...some mexican guys in an escalade next to us pulled out a gun and started shouting at us....we slammed on the brakes and whipped a Uie over the median...he bought a new exhaust after that :D.
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    Go to Autozone and rent the exhaust chain cutter!!!!
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    Um a hacksaw is like 5 bucks at home depot go buy one. I have cut them off with a grinder you just have to work your way around the pipe. Pick up a new wheel while you are buying your hacksaw at home depot.
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    Ok I just got the Exhaust Cutter tool from Autozone and it worked great. Now my car sounds like a beast and spools to full boost at like 2500-2700 rpm.
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