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Old 01-05-2006, 11:10 AM
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Spotweld bits

I searched the forum for posts on the best bits for cutting out spotwelds, but I may not be calling them the "trade name", because I found little help. Does Eastwood make the best ones, or are their better ones out there? I am getting ready to strip quarters and other sheetmetal from a parts car, and I want to take as big a panel as possible, so I'll cut out the spotwelds where I need to .

Thanks for all the advice thus far guys!!!

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Old 01-05-2006, 11:19 AM
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Everything that Eastwood has is quality stuff in my opinion.
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I purchased some spot weld bits from Eastwood to use to replace my stock Firewall with one from *****in' Products. They worked great, but I wished they offered them in a smaller size. Now I just use a drill bit-

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Here's what I did, when I had to remove about 90 spot welds.

1) I would take a small 1/8 cobalt metal drill bit and drill right in the center of the weld I wanted to remove.
2) I bought these spot weld cutters at 5/16 and 3/8 from northern tools for around 14 bucks. They have a retractable center guide and I put the guide into center drilled hole and removed the weld. Here is a picture of them:

Now the key to getting these guys to last is getting that center guide hole drilled. But I will tell you they worked really well and did a great job of just removing the weld from the top of the metal and leaving a nice bottom backing for later going back and replacing the spot weld. I did buy the Eastwood's's solid spot weld drill 3/8 pro but found it not to work as well. Anyway I hope this helps good luck
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I have never seen the ones that "Satexas" has at Northern, but get mine from a local body shop supply. The cutting bits are replaceable, with 2 cutters on each piece. I think I pay about $18-$20 for 2 cutters when I need them. Since the cutters I get are carbide, they cut really well, but will break the edges off if they jam. They are real nice if you are taking a panel off for access, and then re-installing that same panel. They will leave little buttons where each weld is, if you don't go thru the inner piece. If you are going to use that panel on another vehicle, it gives you the hole for plug welding it on with.

If you are removing a panel where you are not concerned with the one that it is attached to, you can just use a regular drill bit, and just drill straithg thru, removing the weld. That way, when all of the welds are gone, the panel just comes off.

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Thats the one.

Adt,
that's the one. The ones I buy from Northern has two replacement bits with it. You right about them breaking off if you don't get them flush, that's how I found out about the drill the hole in the center trick and they last a much longer time. I really like them and found them to drill out a really nice fill in hole with backing. I had to do a whole unibody section on the driver side of a f-150 crew cab and my cab cut this way and it worked great.

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Spotweld bits

If you are removing a panel where you are not concerned with the one that it is attached to, you can just use a regular drill bit, and just drill straithg thru, removing the weld. That way, when all of the welds are gone, the panel just comes off.

Thanks for the info guys; I think just a regular drill bit may be in order since I am stripping a parts car anyway. I really just need patches, but I am removing the whole panels so I will have extra sheetmetal for repairs that are in the same areas.
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