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Old 05-19-2012, 11:37 AM   #21
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Scary is right on the money. An electric drill powerful enough to drive a 5" hole saw is also powerful enough to do serious injury if the cutter jams in the hole. The weakest link in the hull/cutter/drill/ person chain is your wrists. If you can't get a Hole-Hog/Hawg, make sure you have a really good grip on the drill - one hand on the pistol-grip and the other on the back of the motor casing.
Absolute truth there. The worst injury in my career was drilling a 3 5/8" hole through a steel stud top plate with a hole saw in a 1/2" drill. My personal choice for hole saws over 3" is my 500 rpm Milwaukee right angle drill with 1/2" chuck. Gives plenty of leverage and control.
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Old 05-19-2012, 08:49 PM   #22
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Sounds like nice equipment

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I manufacture custom replacement dash panels, placards and marine signage in a small online business.

Fun tool. Pretty much anything you can draw, I can cut. I also have a CNC 100W CO2 laser that I use for engraving. The two tools compliment each other very well and are quite fun.

Not the best choice for blowing a 5" hole in the bottom of a boat though.
Is that table hold sheet good with vacuum?
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Old 05-19-2012, 09:22 PM   #23
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like most things in boating...you have to be smarter and better than the equipment you are dealing with....
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Old 05-19-2012, 09:42 PM   #24
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Is that table hold sheet good with vacuum?
I usually just throw a few drywall screws in the corners. Aluminum sheet has a bad habit of slipping around as you cut it.
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Old 05-20-2012, 07:31 AM   #25
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I usually just throw a few drywall screws in the corners.
I grew up with bailing wire....then in the 70's I discovered drywall screws. Never looked back and never on a boat.
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