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Old 30th May 2008, 12:47 PM   #1
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Default How To Cut A Nylon Bolt?

I have a nylon, (I think it's nylon), bolt with a specially large head which needs to be partially cut off. The large head is preventing the movement of something above it, and I could easily cut off part of the head and still have the slots intact to remove it if I have to.

What cuts nylon? It's tough stuff. Do I hacksaw it, grind it, take a soldering iron and melt it down, or what?

Advice from anybody with experience working with this material is appreciated.
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Old 30th May 2008, 04:46 PM   #2
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My bet would be on a fresh fine toothed hack saw, go slow, and tap or rub the blade clean, often.
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Old 30th May 2008, 07:01 PM   #3
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If you can remove the bolt and you have access to a lathe or milling machine, that would be the best way to modify the head. You might also pull the bolt and mount it in the chuck of a drill press, then you could hold a saw blade steady on the edge, letting the rotation aid your cutting. You could also try using a dremel with a cut-off wheel in it. Just a few quick ideas!

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Old 30th May 2008, 10:24 PM   #4
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KW, I would use a belt sander clamped upside down in a workmate and use a nut threaded onto the the nylon bolt to fasten vise grips to and then free hand it.
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Old 31st May 2008, 06:20 PM   #5
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I want to thank everyone here for their very good suggestions.

As it turns out, the "prevention of movement" problem with the mechanism, of which the nylon bolt was a part, was caused by improper installation. I reinstalled the unit properly and now everything works as intended.

Since someone else installed the unit, for once the problem was not me. I could mention that I could have been quicker to recognize the improper installation, but I would rather not focus on that, lol.

Anyway, I have run into all sorts of problems with nylon bolts and fasteners before, and I have no doubt that I will again-they do seem to be making more things with it all the time. In which case, you can be sure I will give all of these excellent suggestions a try.

Thank you all again.
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