cutting & bending steel Colmet edging

Discussion in 'Landscape Architecture and Design' started by Armadillolawncare, Jun 12, 2008.

  1. Armadillolawncare

    Armadillolawncare LawnSite Senior Member
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    What do you guys use to cut 14 ga steel Colmet edging out on a job site? Also what are some tricks to get a good 90 degree bend?
     
  2. Summit L & D

    Summit L & D LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 269

    Hack saw and file to smooth the edges. Our trailers have a square tubing top rail, so we take the edging and bend it over that. Perfect edge every time
     
  3. Armadillolawncare

    Armadillolawncare LawnSite Senior Member
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    Man a hack saw takes forever. I am going to try a bolt cutter. My new trailer will have square tubing so I will give that a try.
     
  4. DoetschOutdoor

    DoetschOutdoor LawnSite Bronze Member
    from S. IL
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    I get it started with the hack saw and then bend it over the edge of something. I try to avoid 90 degree angles, just think it looks so much cleaner.
     
  5. crab

    crab LawnSite Senior Member
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    a 4.5 inch grinder ,cut on the inside of you're bend ,hack saw ?are you ******** you need to remove enough metal to actually bend it back into itself.is there any one left on hardscaping that actually does hardscapes!A square and a pipe wrench help to.:dizzy:
     
  6. EagleLandscape

    EagleLandscape LawnSite Platinum Member
    Male, from Garland, Texas
    Posts: 4,347

    Have tried numerous things. Angle grinder = messy. Circular saw with metal blade = useless.

    We used a Dewalt reciprocating saw now, and won't ever use anything else. If we have to do a 90degree turn, we cut the bottom end up half way, helps the bend a little bit.
     
  7. Armadillolawncare

    Armadillolawncare LawnSite Senior Member
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    I like the reciprocating saw idea.
     
  8. barefootlawnsandlandscape

    barefootlawnsandlandscape LawnSite Senior Member
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    Reciprocating saw here. Nothing better! We don't use colmet, we get
    1/4"x4"x20' galvanized pieces from the local steel yard.
     
  9. Bigred350

    Bigred350 LawnSite Senior Member
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  10. crab

    crab LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 633

    love to see you're 90 degree cuts,god speed !:laugh:
     

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