Tools to Cut Threaded Rod

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Tools to Cut Threaded Rod
A circular saw with a metal-cutting blade can cut threaded rod quickly. (detail of circular saw image by Thor Jorgen Udvang from Fotolia.com)

Threaded rod, sometimes called a stud or all-thread, is a long metal rod with threading along its length. These rods are made to accommodate nuts and other threaded objects easily. Cutting threaded rod to length can be difficult. The round rod tends to spin in a vice, and cutting in the wrong place may make it impossible to place a nut on the end. Using the right tools and techniques can make cutting threaded rod much simpler.

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Vice

Threaded rod should be clamped into a vice before any cutting begins to prevent the rod from moving. Since both the rod and the jaws of most vices are metal, the rod may tend to spin. Placing a strip of wood between the rod and the vice can help prevent this. The softer wood deforms to accommodate the rod. Woodworking tips recommends a similar method, using a wooden jig and nuts screwed onto the rod to hold the rod steady.

Hacksaw

A hand saw, such as a hacksaw fitted with a blade for cutting metal, works well when cutting just a few rods. These saws are easy to control, but relatively slow. They can make the cutting process tedious, but their low cost makes them appealing for most shop owners.

Power Saws

A circular saw or metal cut-off saw also works well to cut threaded rod. These saws can create a burr on the cut end of the rod if not used correctly. Builder Bill recommends rotating the rod while cutting, while the M. K. Morse company suggests easing the blade through the rod and using a blade designed specifically for cutting metal. Power saws work much more quickly than a hacksaw and make cutting large quantities of rod simpler, but they are a little harder to control.

Threaded Rod Cutter

Homeowners who need to cut large quantities of threaded rod cleanly may wish to invest in a speciality threaded rod cutter. These tools provide a precise cut on the most common sizes of rod, and prevent burrs or other damage to the thread. This makes cutting rod for conduit, pipe, ducts and other uses a fast and straightforward process. However, the high price and speciality nature of these tools makes them inappropriate for small jobs. They're best used by people who need to cut a lot of threaded rod quickly and neatly.

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