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Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by Conder, May 25, 2007.

  1. Conder
    Joined: Jan 16, 2005
    Posts: 982


    Say, what's the best tool for drilling lightening holes in 1/4 inch thick forged steel? I've got to drill a LOT of them, with diameters ranging from 2 1/4" to 5/16". - Thanks

    *I'm looking for a SUPERBAD 2" real glass shift knob. There will be a neutral indicator light inside it so it must have some clear areas in it. Red glass that doesn't look muddy brown would be great. It can't be too beautiful or artistic...but it's gotta be round.

    *I'm also looking for a 2 to 2 1/4 inch long BLACK baby scorpion (Emperor maybe?) Nice shiny black, alive, preferably mean as hell. - Thanks
  2. Hackerbilt
    Joined: Aug 13, 2001
    Posts: 6,250


    40studedudes young fella Chris does some wild work in glass!
    I'm sure he can help you.
  3. Hackerbilt
    Joined: Aug 13, 2001
    Posts: 6,250


    Oh...can't help on the Scorpion. Sorry.
    Hows about a flat black LOBSTER instead??? ;) :D
    Joined: Aug 28, 2005
    Posts: 1,867


    What are you up to with this stuff? got any pics? I am sure it is cool. Sorry cant help with your question.

  5. tomcat46
    Joined: Aug 15, 2005
    Posts: 387


    Definately check them out. I met them last month in Moab, beautiful work. Those taillights on Chris's Caddie are awsome.

  6. Holes saws for the big holes,regular twist drills,
    sharpened correctly,for smaller stuff.

    I did some 3/4" holes in 1/2" thick plate last week.No problem.
  7. pitman
    Joined: May 14, 2006
    Posts: 5,077


    I like the hole saw w/the sponge insert w/cutting fluid inside. Works great.
  8. Saw that on TV,havn't tried it yet.
  9. Kirk Hanning
    Joined: Feb 27, 2005
    Posts: 1,603

    Kirk Hanning

    For cutting the holes I've always had good luck with a rotobroach.
    I've drilled through 3/8 and 1/2 plate no problem. Seems to be ALOT faster the the ol' twist drills, make sure to use ample amounts of cutting fluid. Anything larger than a 1 1/2" might be hard to find for a rotobroach though.
  10. Sracecraft
    Joined: Apr 1, 2006
    Posts: 245


    McMaster-Carr has rotobroach type hole cutters, in sizes larger than 1 1/2" too. Make sure to clear the chips often when drilling thick material with them, or the teeth may brake.

  11. Conder
    Joined: Jan 16, 2005
    Posts: 982


    AWESOME! Thanks...Hey King, how's that BADASS F.E.D. comin'? I still got mine. I step over 'em every morning on my way to work. Little babies and top fuelers'll make a brother WORK!!!
  12. flatheadpete
    Joined: Oct 29, 2003
    Posts: 10,189

    from Burton, MI

    Forged is a bitch to cut, drill, anything. The rotobroach should do the job. Lots of fluid....lots.
    Mild steel is a cinch to drill. Butter compared to forged. Fluid....lots of fluid...lots.
  13. chaddilac
    Joined: Mar 21, 2006
    Posts: 13,877


    For smaller holes in .25" steel I use a uni-bit or step bit... it'll eat right through it!! Seriously!
  14. Ole Pork
    Joined: Sep 4, 2006
    Posts: 581

    Ole Pork

    Obviously some of you have never drilled forgings. I seriously doubt if you can use a holesaw on a forging. Maybe a good quality one w/lots and lots of cutting fluid or cutting oil might do it. I kind of like that idea about the sponge. W/forgings you can't use too much oil. And use about the lowest speed you can. Let us know how it works out. Good luck .....Ole Pork
  15. Jeem
    Joined: Sep 12, 2002
    Posts: 5,885

    Alliance Vendor

    No help here, just wanted to let you know though, that it's always nice when you post 'cause you scare me a little.
  16. LUX BLUE
    Joined: May 23, 2005
    Posts: 4,407

    Alliance Vendor
    from AUSTIN,TX

    I will jump on the rotabroach bandwagon for this, too...but probably for a different reason.

    once drilled, the holes look machined, and require very,very little clean up work. just make sure the centering pin is tight, and sharp.

    and again, go buy 2 quarts of transmission'll use them both up as a lubricant.
  17. kind of extreme for your first foray into porno, dont you think?:D
  18. Conder
    Joined: Jan 16, 2005
    Posts: 982


    Hardy Har porno in a jar flat black lobsters'll make you a TV star, baseball jackets and newscaster hair calms the nice folks down and keeps 'em under there

    Ain't tryin' to be scary just havin' some fun
    Scorpions and metalflake make them chickens run
    Run chicken run interiors of tweed
    800 horsepower but freon they need
    pastel pinks and 200 mph
    their world makes my stomach ache.

    Give me 80 year old metal and a great big hammer
    A screaming Olds powered gas burnin' Jammer
    up in the air where they were born
    not smooth low and fat like that soap of yorn.

    See ya later I gotta go
    back to work and kick it yo

    Thanks for the info.
  19. LUX BLUE
    Joined: May 23, 2005
    Posts: 4,407

    Alliance Vendor
    from AUSTIN,TX

    I don't know him, but I already like him.:D

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