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posted August 19, 2003 08:43 PM
reciprocating saw, power hacksaw or bandsaw.

if you can't use any of them, make a mould and melt it down to the size you want. just make sure you do it outside in fresh air and better still where a mask.

posted August 20, 2003 09:05 AM
I use a cold saw but you can cut it with a carbide tooth saw blade in a table saw or radial arm saw or even a skilsaw.#Go slowly!!! and make sure there is no steel in your lead block.Make sure the blade is not a fine tooth model.Coarse is better.Lead is a non ferrous metal so it is soft and can be cut like wood.If you use a bandsaw or hacksaw make sure it isnt a fine tooth blade as it will plug up with lead and be painstakingly slow.Wear safety glasses.Dman

posted August 20, 2003 10:40 PM
dman I think you have the best idea I have used a skillsaw and it works good. Just wanted to add if you melt it down put a 5\8 bolt in the lead suspinded where you need your bolt hole then when its cool you back the bolt out and your 1\2 bolts go thur with out any drilling takes some time to set up but drilling lead is not easy. Also when you need to cut aluminum the ol skillsaw works good for that to just be careful that skill saw will take a finger and not even say excuse me. good luck

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