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What should I use? I'm going to do a radiator cutout on my HAF932.

Material is 1mm steel. The cutout will be to fit this radiator grill and a 240mm radiator. On one edge of the cutout, I will have to cut through pre-existing honeycomb fan holes.

Any recommended tools or attachments? I'm thinking about buying a Dremel 4000...
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I would cut with tin snips actually, and then smooth things out with any standard dremel sanding drum. Should work well. Using tin snips for most of the cutting will reduce the amount of fine metal dust you create to get into components and cause havoc. When you sand, I would have a friend there with a vacuum the whole time making sure to collect that metal dust.
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Dremal or jig saw would be my advice. If you got the dremal route make sure to buy twice the amount of disk/drums that you think you will need. I ran out half way through my mod. It's a major bummer. Also grab a file to help clean up eadges
Edited by animal0307 - 8/4/11 at 4:38pm
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I used a Dremel300i to cut the top of my HAF X, worked like charm, came out nice, but took a little while
post #5 of 13
dremel tool should do the trick, I used a dremel tool with 1 1/2 inch cutting wheel reinforced aluminum oxide that did a fantastic job at cutting this steel.

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Make sure you wear safety glasses with side shields when using a dremel. Those little cutting disks like to come apart if they snag up or are flexed to far.
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Originally Posted by DarkPhoenix;14466616 
Make sure you wear safety glasses with side shields when using a dremel. Those little cutting disks like to come apart if they snag up or are flexed to far.

Definitely THIS^ Safety before anything else. Take your time and let the cut off wheel do all the work, don't force it or rush or else it will break apart.
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another +1 for dremel cutting disks and another +1 for at least eye safety.

I mean a lot of the time I don't bother with safety in the least but even with goggles on I have managed to get little bits past my goggles and spent decent amounts of time with my head under a tap.

Especially with steel you will throw off a lot of little red hot sparks, it wasn't really a concern for me personally, but you might also find yourself burnt by them, so covering exposed skin might be preferable.

Edit:
The dremel 4000 is awesome, don't regret buying mine in the least, but make sure you get the flexi arm with it, can't say how useful that is for close cuts.
    
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post #9 of 13
Dremel 4000 is great. I love mine. heart.giftongue.gif I would highly recommend getting one.

+1 About the safety glasses and those cutting disks. thumb.gif
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I was looking on the internet for a place I could get a Dremel 4000, and then I thought of something.

My radiator cutout has a lot of corners. How am I suppose to cut nice corners with a dremel? The cutting piece is circular, so if I wanted to cut a corner I would have to cut more than I want...
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