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tool question.... how come no one makes this?

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by evobuilder, Mar 18, 2013.

  1. evobuilder
    Joined: Aug 27, 2007
    Posts: 427


    how come, after all these years, no one makes a tool to shorten bolts? We all have a ton of bolts that are too long, and we need them shorter.... but the only answer is a vice and a cutoff wheel. Seems like someone could make a small cut off wheel and a jig/clamp so you can cut that 1/4 20 cap head screw from 1.5" to 3/4" without having to break out the cutoff wheel.
    Just sayin!
  2. Diavolo
    Joined: Apr 1, 2009
    Posts: 813


    Because who would pay $500 for a tool when they have a hacksaw and a die?
  3. We've got a two-piece tool that works just fine: a small vise and a band saw.
  4. Gearhead Graphics
    Joined: Oct 4, 2008
    Posts: 3,728

    Gearhead Graphics
    from Denver Co

    I have plenty of bolts that get cut that way. The tool I'd rather have is a stretcher! Or sometimes a fattener/slimmer. Like that can take a bolt and make it into a 3/8 instead of a half or vice versa...

  5. Don's Hot Rods
    Joined: Oct 7, 2005
    Posts: 8,319

    Don's Hot Rods
    from florida

    Yep, I always run a regular nut up on the bolt, cut off the excess with a hacksaw, clean up the end on a grinding wheel, and then remove the nut so it cleans up the threads. All of a 5 minute operation.

  6. I must agree with Don, I've had the multi tool for years, Grinders are God my friend,
  7. evobuilder
    Joined: Aug 27, 2007
    Posts: 427


    I must agree.... I would not pay 500 bucks for a tool that does this, but hey, if someone invented a slick tool to cut, shorten and stretch bolts and screws.... I am sure Harbor Freight would knock it off (sub par) and sell for 29.99 and if you have a coupon, it would be 6 bucks. Ohhh... dare to dream :)

    Still seemed like a question worth asking.
  8. Rickybop
    Joined: May 23, 2008
    Posts: 6,851

    from Michigan

    Last edited: Mar 19, 2013
  9. They dont build tools that people wont buy......
  10. Hack saw or band saw works for me. HRP
  11. blowby
    Joined: Dec 27, 2012
    Posts: 7,196

    from Nicasio Ca

  12. tommy
    Joined: Mar 3, 2001
    Posts: 14,758

    Member Emeritus


    I'm a tool freak but lets not get crazy.
  13. manyolcars
    Joined: Mar 30, 2001
    Posts: 8,391


    Funny! The first power tool I ever had was a drill but the grinder was second
  14. 296 V8
    Joined: Sep 17, 2003
    Posts: 4,666

    296 V8
    from Nor~Cal

    It has crossed my mind to make a little holding dealy to use in the chop saw
    Joined: Mar 6, 2008
    Posts: 256


    Why aren't you buying the right size bolt from the get go?
  16. Carter
    Joined: Mar 18, 2006
    Posts: 1,410


    I'll post a picture of my combination wire stripper/machine screw cutter because I'm at work, but I have a large scale version of these at home made for cutting bolts, up to 3/8" if I remember correctly.

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  17. Carter
    Joined: Mar 18, 2006
    Posts: 1,410


    Found a picture.

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  18. propwash
    Joined: Jul 25, 2005
    Posts: 3,858

    from Las Vegas

    What I've always done - sometimes use a pair of boltcutters (seems logical to me) for expediency and have even run a die up there with the nut to do the best job after grinding and buffing. The actual tool for this process (bolt-shortening) that does the least damage and leaves a clean product is a lathe.

  19. No offense but it sounds like you already have the tool, you can break that one our or a different one. No matter what the tool is called you still have to break it out.
  20. toreadorxlt
    Joined: Feb 27, 2008
    Posts: 733

    from Nashua, NH

    buy a used lathe for $500. make your own bolts to any length you want.
  21. problem solved. I probably only have to cut one a year. can't see it worth buying.

    I have a nut splitter for rusty or stripped or cross threaded nuts. I needed it for one stinking nut 35 years ago and have only used it once since.
    same goes for my radiator fin combs and my fan balancing tool.
  22. Skeezix
    Joined: Jan 10, 2007
    Posts: 845

    from SoCal


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  23. manyolcars
    Joined: Mar 30, 2001
    Posts: 8,391


    My grandpa gave me his 37 Ford when I was a kid and the nuts and bolts were badly rusted. I lusted after a nut splitter from JC Whitney. 40 years later Horrible Freight had'em for about $6 so I got one. The splitter was softer than the nuts. Of course by now I have better ways to get nuts off but its tough to destroy a childhood dream
  24. mine was $8.00 in 1967 just a cheap USA made tool that will never wear out. not one of those high zoot imported jobs that only work once
    wow that was 46 years ago. time sure flies when you're having fun
  25. big vic
    Joined: Jan 3, 2010
    Posts: 400

    big vic
    from cary il

    That benchtop chopsaw seems like just what the OP was talking about a little vice with a cutoff wheel built in
  26. saltflats
    Joined: Aug 14, 2007
    Posts: 10,440

    from Missouri

    Get you some cuppling nuts and cut them to varring lengths run them down the bolt then wack them off.
  27. blowby
    Joined: Dec 27, 2012
    Posts: 7,196

    from Nicasio Ca

    Yes, that's pretty good. I have a thin 4" cutoff wheel mounted on a small bench top motor. Does pretty much the same thing, just have to hold the bolt.

    As far as buying the right size to begin with, if you've never been in the midst of a project or repair and needed to add/replace a bolt, didn't have the right size on hand and didn't feel like stopping work to go buy one someplace...

    Also, often you need a 1-3/4" length, for example, and in stock are 1-1/2 and 2"
  28. 1971BB427
    Joined: Mar 6, 2010
    Posts: 6,240

    from Oregon

    I've used my Milwaukie portaband for years to cut bolts, then just touch them up on the bench grinder.
  29. Mr48chev
    Joined: Dec 28, 2007
    Posts: 28,137


    For me that's an extra three mile trip to the store and Sundays and eight mile trip to the store.

    I've probably got 500 new small bolts in tubs in the shop but a lot of times I need three or four that are shorter and or longer than what I have. Not having to spend a half hour running after a hand full of bolts would make having something to cut them off worth the cost.
  30. gutpile
    Joined: Sep 27, 2012
    Posts: 12

    from Texas

    You need to get the electrical crimper pictured above, make sure it has the bolt cutters. These things are cheap hamb'bers. like $6. I had a neighbor come over last weekend looking for a 8/32 bolt for a carb on his lawn mower. I took a bolt out screwed it in the cutter to the proper length squeezed it unscrew it and bam the right lentgh and threads are good and it is cut square. No vise, no hack saw, no cut off wheels, and no cleaning up threads. I could gave him 10 bolts by the time I dug any power tool out.

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