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E Allen

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« on: February 18, 2018, 08:58:49 PM »

I have a swing gate on my layout and need to cut track in several places. What is the best way to do this?
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Flare

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« Reply #1 on: February 18, 2018, 10:29:39 PM »

I used to use a razor saw to cut track (The more teeth per inch the better) but now I use a rotary tool.

You can make very straight cuts with the saw, especially if you're able to brace the saw against something like a block of wood.

The rotary tool is far more convenient though if you can afford it, and make sure you have a plastic-compatible cutting wheel after cutting the rails.
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Terry Toenges


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« Reply #2 on: February 18, 2018, 10:38:39 PM »

I've used a razor saw and a rotary tool. I definitely like the rotary tool.
With the rotary, you have to make sure the disks are big enough so you are not cutting at an angle. A tool with a flexible extension is the best so it's not so big around at the end.
With the saw, you have to be very careful that you don't pull the rails off the spike with the back and forth motion. Something I thought about doing (before I got the rotary) was to clamp the track piece between two thin pieces of wood and then saw through the whole thing. I don't know if that would help keep the rails in place because I never got to try it.
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bbmiroku

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« Reply #3 on: February 19, 2018, 12:42:08 AM »

I just got my razor saw a few months ago second-hand (and the only thing I could think of as to why it was being sold was an upgrade).  It's an Atlas snap-saw, and it came with a Miter Jr. box, perfectly sized to cut HO track.  I've found it's best to use light pressure to saw to keep it from binding (and de-railing the track).
In fact, I'm so pleased with the saw that I use it to get pieces off sprues when I'm putting together models.
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Bucksco

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« Reply #4 on: February 20, 2018, 05:36:50 PM »

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charon
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« Reply #5 on: February 20, 2018, 06:22:00 PM »

Mr. B;
Would that cut the G scale track?
Thanks;
Chuck
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E Allen

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« Reply #6 on: February 20, 2018, 07:17:33 PM »

I think I understand how to cut the track, but what about the gray base the track sits upon?
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Terry Toenges


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« Reply #7 on: February 20, 2018, 08:00:55 PM »

That's why I use the rotary tool - to cut through the E-Z Track rail and base at the same time.
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E Allen

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« Reply #8 on: February 20, 2018, 08:26:43 PM »

Thanks.
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James in FL

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« Reply #9 on: February 20, 2018, 09:59:04 PM »

There is more than one way to skin the same cat, nobody is right and nobody is wrong.
Looking at the railhead from directly on top:
Some like to cut the rail perpendicular to the length of the rail (90° angle straight down).
I like to cut at a 45° angle, straight down (/).
I don’t fill the gap.
Just my preference YMMV.
But you don’t have to cut “straight down”, the angle top to bottom does not matter.
A gap is a gap.

Good luck
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bbmiroku

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« Reply #10 on: February 21, 2018, 07:37:39 PM »

Chuck,
The razor saw would cut the track and roadbed with no problem.  I've cut through some older steel track with hardly a difference to the nickel-silver.  But the Miter Jr. box would be way too small for G-Scale track, unless you are cutting just the rails.
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Terry Toenges


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« Reply #11 on: February 21, 2018, 10:35:33 PM »

There are different depth razor saws. Make sure you get one that will is deep enough to cut all the way through the track and the road bed. The razor saw I had wasn't deep enough to do that. That why I went with the rotary.
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