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    Its interesting that no-one has mentioned sheet metal shears and brakes. I'm getting ready to buy one.
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    Quote Originally Posted by robburgoon View Post
    Gents, what sort of tool do you use for grinding bad welds in a narrow space? Too tight to get the angle grinder in there, too major for a dremel.

    I have power and compressed air.
    90 deg Pneumatic die-grinder with 2" disk.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GraemeD View Post
    90 deg Pneumatic die-grinder with 2" disk.
    Having trouble finding grinding discs, keep seeing sandpaper...

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    Quote Originally Posted by robburgoon View Post
    Having trouble finding grinding discs, keep seeing sandpaper...
    Or are die grinders more of a burr thing?

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    Quote Originally Posted by robburgoon View Post
    Or are die grinders more of a burr thing?
    3M Roloc system, many generic versions, 2" & 3". There is a 24 grit disk all the way to ScitchBrite wheels.
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    Carbide burs in a die grinder work OK. I use this kit: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00061SFKK

    They fling out a large number of very fine slivers of metal and those things are nasty: the ends stick in your skin and you're ouchy for the next day or two. I use elbow-length welding gloves.

    The tools do like to chatter like crazy so a very firm grip is needed, supporting your wrists on something. I find them basically impossible to use in a right-angle die grinder. A straight grinder (I use https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000HT6L20) is much better for getting the firm grip which prevents the chattering. Once you have that grip and get going properly, those things go through the weld material quite quickly.
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    Also these little guys with the 1/8" shank work pretty well in the dremel: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000189EUS/. Not as fast as the air tool but easier to prevent that chattering.

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    I have the same set, but i use my battery drill. Works fine. I have welded one of them to a 5" 1/4 extension and I can reach deep.

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    Using the die grinder with burrs. Messy, but effective! Thank you!

    Now where the hell are those tweezers...
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    Quote Originally Posted by robburgoon View Post
    Gents, what sort of tool do you use for grinding bad welds in a narrow space? Too tight to get the angle grinder in there, too major for a dremel.

    I have power and compressed air.

    This works for me..

    https://www.harborfreight.com/53-amp...der-62863.html

    Yup, Harborfreight, yet again! It's the answer for everything! :-)
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