How to cut Garden Trellis?

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How to cut Garden Trellis?

Post by Pranav » Tue Sep 05, 2017 2:50 pm

Previous homeowner had used a garden trellis like the image attached to support a plant. Now, the plant has grown into a big tree and the main trunk of the tree goes through one of the square/diamonds of this trellis. So, it's seems we will have to cut the trellis, which seems to be made out of iron/steel/metal. How shall we cut/remove this trellis?

Edited to add: I probably don't want to spend too much on a tool, because we probably won't have much use for this tool in the future. And, we don't foresee any future of the trellis either. Trellis pipes are thin.

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Re: How to cut Garden Trellis?

Post by neilpilot » Tue Sep 05, 2017 2:58 pm

I vote for a sawzall, or other brand of reciprocating saw, with a blade designed to cut metal.

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Re: How to cut Garden Trellis?

Post by ThriftyPhD » Tue Sep 05, 2017 3:05 pm

How thick are the pipes? If thin enough, you might be able to use bolt cutters. This shows that 44" bolt cutters could handle 1/2" thick hardened steel: https://www.ridgid.com/us/en/bolt-cutters

If thicker than that, something powered is probably your best bet.

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Re: How to cut Garden Trellis?

Post by 123 » Tue Sep 05, 2017 3:06 pm

A polite person might use an electric Dremel (or Wen) rotary tool with a metal cutting tip to cut (depending on how thick the metal is).

An alternative method might be to use a hammer and chisel to break some of the welds/connection on the trellis if you don't have a future use for the trellis.
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Re: How to cut Garden Trellis?

Post by sport » Tue Sep 05, 2017 3:13 pm

If you want to expend a little effort, a hacksaw would do the job.

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Re: How to cut Garden Trellis?

Post by barnaclebob » Tue Sep 05, 2017 3:21 pm

Sawzall with a bi-metal blade is your best option. I was amazed at how easily mine cut through 1/4" thick angle iron. This is one tool where its not a bad idea to get one from a thrift shop because they aren't needed for fine or accurate work and are simple machines.

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Re: How to cut Garden Trellis?

Post by Pranav » Tue Sep 05, 2017 3:22 pm

Thanks for all the suggestions so far. I should add that I probably don't want to spend too much on the tool, because we probably won't have much use for this tool in the future. And, we don't foresee any future of the trellis either. Thanks.
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Re: How to cut Garden Trellis?

Post by mhc » Tue Sep 05, 2017 3:40 pm

Ask around to see who has a sawzall or cutting torch. Either borrow it or have them come over. People with "cool" toys like to use them. Repay them with a 6 pack or homemade cookies or whatever is appropriate.

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Re: How to cut Garden Trellis?

Post by ThriftyPhD » Tue Sep 05, 2017 3:45 pm

mhc wrote:
Tue Sep 05, 2017 3:40 pm
Ask around to see who has a sawzall or cutting torch. Either borrow it or have them come over. People with "cool" toys like to use them. Repay them with a 6 pack or homemade cookies or whatever is appropriate.
Alternatively, you can rent tools from places such as Home Depot. If you're only going to use it once, it can be a lot cheaper.

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Re: How to cut Garden Trellis?

Post by renue74 » Tue Sep 05, 2017 3:50 pm

Sawzall is pretty cheap...you can pick one up for $30 or so.

https://www.harborfreight.com/power-too ... -saws.html

Harbor Freight doesn't sell the best tools, but for this type of project...they would work.
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Re: How to cut Garden Trellis?

Post by BHUser27 » Tue Sep 05, 2017 3:52 pm

I would use my Dremel Saw-Max with the metal cutting blade.
I used this to cut solid stair balusters and it worked great.
The Saw-Max w/ 2 metal cutting blades included is $79 at Home Depot.

OP - can you define what "too much to spend on a tool" is?

This can also be done with a *good* hacksaw, low-TPI blade and some elbow-grease.

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Re: How to cut Garden Trellis?

Post by BHUser27 » Tue Sep 05, 2017 3:54 pm

I usually shop local pawn shops for specialty "will probably only use once" tools.

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Re: How to cut Garden Trellis?

Post by Pranav » Tue Sep 05, 2017 4:04 pm

BHUser27 wrote:
Tue Sep 05, 2017 3:52 pm
I would use my Dremel Saw-Max with the metal cutting blade.
I used this to cut solid stair balusters and it worked great.
The Saw-Max w/ 2 metal cutting blades included is $79 at Home Depot.

OP - can you define what "too much to spend on a tool" is?

This can also be done with a *good* hacksaw, low-TPI blade and some elbow-grease.
$79 may be too much for a one-time use. As another poster suggested, we'll try asking our neighbor or one of the other suggestions. Thanks!
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Re: How to cut Garden Trellis?

Post by MoneyBagsRx » Tue Sep 05, 2017 4:53 pm

https://www.harborfreight.com/4-12-in-4 ... 69645.html

Not the prettiest way to do it, but to save some money - angle grinder

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Re: How to cut Garden Trellis?

Post by lthenderson » Wed Sep 06, 2017 8:55 am

I would rent an angle grinder from the nearest rental place. The problem with renting a sawsall is that many times the blades are destroyed that come with it because they are easy to destroy when cutting metal with sharp edging. I've done it. Grinders are made for this sort of thing.

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Re: How to cut Garden Trellis?

Post by neilpilot » Wed Sep 06, 2017 9:08 am

lthenderson wrote:
Wed Sep 06, 2017 8:55 am
I would rent an angle grinder from the nearest rental place. The problem with renting a sawsall is that many times the blades are destroyed that come with it because they are easy to destroy when cutting metal with sharp edging. I've done it. Grinders are made for this sort of thing.
How much would you spend to rent a $20 tool (see MoneyBagsRx post)?

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Re: How to cut Garden Trellis?

Post by pshonore » Wed Sep 06, 2017 1:28 pm

Boltcutter, Boltcutter, Boltcutter. I doubt the trellis is more than 3/16" in diameter. A cutting torch??? with oxy/acetelyne?. Slight overkill

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Re: How to cut Garden Trellis?

Post by RudyS » Wed Sep 06, 2017 1:33 pm

Pranav wrote:
Tue Sep 05, 2017 2:50 pm
Previous homeowner had used a garden trellis like the image attached to support a plant. Now, the plant has grown into a big tree and the main trunk of the tree goes through one of the square/diamonds of this trellis. So, it's seems we will have to cut the trellis, which seems to be made out of iron/steel/metal. How shall we cut/remove this trellis?

Edited to add: I probably don't want to spend too much on a tool, because we probably won't have much use for this tool in the future. And, we don't foresee any future of the trellis either. Trellis pipes are thin.

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If the pipes are thin, as you say, then hacksaw should work just fine. Borrow or buy.

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Re: How to cut Garden Trellis?

Post by LiveSimple » Wed Sep 06, 2017 1:45 pm

Hacksaw, Hacksaw and Hacksaw, then cut from outer to inner, as needed. Chip, chip and chip.

https://www.amazon.com/Stanley-STHT2013 ... ds=hacksaw

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Re: How to cut Garden Trellis?

Post by Boats day » Wed Sep 06, 2017 2:00 pm

I agree with previous comment on using the angle grinder.

However I do recommend hiring a handy man to do it if you don't have the right tools or experience in operating power tools. One mistake with a power tool can result in loss of limbs.


If you had to post and ask which tool it kind of suggests you may be wise to hire someone.

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Re: How to cut Garden Trellis?

Post by lthenderson » Wed Sep 06, 2017 2:25 pm

neilpilot wrote:
Wed Sep 06, 2017 9:08 am
lthenderson wrote:
Wed Sep 06, 2017 8:55 am
I would rent an angle grinder from the nearest rental place. The problem with renting a sawsall is that many times the blades are destroyed that come with it because they are easy to destroy when cutting metal with sharp edging. I've done it. Grinders are made for this sort of thing.
How much would you spend to rent a $20 tool (see MoneyBagsRx post)?
Our local rental place will rent them for around $5 for an hour. Personally, I would never buy a crappy grinder like the linked one you are referring too unless I looked at it as a one time use and done with. Even then, $5 rental is cheaper than $20 and you get to use a better quality tool for awhile. I would spend closer to the $100 range and get a mid level Bosch that I can stick in my drawer and use again in the future as need be.

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Re: How to cut Garden Trellis?

Post by Kenkat » Wed Sep 06, 2017 2:31 pm

I'd try a bolt cutter first.

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Re: How to cut Garden Trellis?

Post by Watty » Wed Sep 06, 2017 6:33 pm

sport wrote:
Tue Sep 05, 2017 3:13 pm
If you want to expend a little effort, a hacksaw would do the job.
Not that much effort.

I would be surprised it took even five minutes, but be sure to get the right blade for metal. It will say metal on the package.

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Re: How to cut Garden Trellis?

Post by pshonore » Wed Sep 06, 2017 6:48 pm

Watty wrote:
Wed Sep 06, 2017 6:33 pm
sport wrote:
Tue Sep 05, 2017 3:13 pm
If you want to expend a little effort, a hacksaw would do the job.
Not that much effort.

I would be surprised it took even five minutes, but be sure to get the right blade for metal. It will say metal on the package.
And be sure the little arrow on the blade is facing front! Bolt cutters are faster!

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Re: How to cut Garden Trellis?

Post by Pranav » Fri Sep 08, 2017 9:24 pm

OP here: We borrowed bolt cutter from the neighbor and it worked like a charm! Thank you all for the guidance! :happy
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