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  • is there a 1'' hole saw

    I'm in the process of building a go kart and according to my plans "must'' cut a perfect 1'' hole in 1'' erw tubing for the steering system. My 1''-1/8th hole saw is to big and of course the 7/8 to small. Does anyone make a 1'' hole saw and if so where might I purchase one. Thanks ken

  • #2
    Every company that makes hole saws makes a 1" hole saw. You can buy themjust about anywhere, home depot for example.

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    • #3
      http://www.lenoxtools.com/Pages/Prod...imetalHolesaws

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      • #4
        Originally posted by eschuen View Post
        I'm in the process of building a go kart and according to my plans "must'' cut a perfect 1'' hole in 1'' erw tubing for the steering system. My 1''-1/8th hole saw is to big and of course the 7/8 to small. Does anyone make a 1'' hole saw and if so where might I purchase one. Thanks ken
        You can surely get a 1" hole saw, but I doubt you would get a "perfect" hole with one. Maybe you are better off drilling with the 7/8" one and file fitting the rest.

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        • #5
          You can even get a 25mm metric which would be a couple hundredths under in a perfect world. But like has already been mentioned, no hardware store hole saw is going to give you anything close to "perfect" if perfect is really necessary.

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          • #6
            Probably more expense than you would be willing to spend but have you looked at the Hougen or Blair cutters? Very clean and efficient cutters for nice round holes.

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            • #7
              If it needs to be a perfect 1"hole bring it to a machine shop and have it milled undersized and reamed to 1".

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              • #8
                Dumb question here? Your hole size equals the tubing diameter your drilling through. So in essence youíre cutting the tubing for a fish mouth for another tube to pass through. If this is the case I use the holesaw of the same diameter as the tubing. Itís a good fit up may not be perfect but it works. I have used this for years for horse corrals.

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                • #9
                  Heck, I have a 6 inch whole saw.

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                  • #10
                    I don't know if this would be helpful, but when I wanted a perfect hole that was just a tiny bit under the diameter of a standard hole saw size, I ground down the "set" of the teeth by mounting a Dremel tool in a lathe tool post (with pipe straps) and running the hole saw in the chuck. The ground hole saw also made a cleaner hole than the original would have. Of course this won't work for all size holes.

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                    • #11
                      And just a reminder, that all hole saws have different mounting systems. I must have 6 different brands due to not being able to get the proper size when needed. So if its not the brand you own buy a mandrel while getting the saw part. The Lenox brand are bad right out of the package.

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                      • #12
                        Have you considered a slugger bit?

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                        • #13
                          I am a fan of holesaws but these come in handy as well:

                          http://www.harborfreight.com/knockou...kit-91201.html

                          I also love step bits.

                          http://www.amazon.com/Neiko-Titanium.../dp/B000FZ2UOY

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                          • #14
                            what equipment do you have drill press, mill, lathe, mag drill??
                            File Rock.
                            I would set it in my fadal mill program and let it rip
                            In the field i would clamp it in my vice on the back of my truck.
                            set up my mag drill rough it with a 3/4 em then finish it with a 1/2 in boring bar mounted in a boring head and finish.

                            Good luck

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                            • #15
                              I dont know about all your hole saws, but i have several brands too. And none of them cut that great a hole. Funny, they all seem to "wobble" some. Good at cutting a rough hole but not if has to be perfect. But i'd beat on a go cart frame, its probably good, or do like someone else said and cut a smaller hole and file away..
                              Last edited by HMW; 10-05-2010, 06:04 AM. Reason: spelling

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