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Any suggestions for cutting 1/4-1/2" thick heavy rubber mat material?

Posted By: off-roader

Any suggestions for cutting 1/4-1/2" thick heavy rubber mat material? - 05/21/12 11:29 PM

Also need to drill a couple of 1/4" dia holes in it. I know a regular drill bit won't work so well so I'm looking for any ideas out there. My plan is to use a couple of Semi Mud Flaps and cut them down to fit on my 96SR.

TIA,

Ray
Posted By: RECON45

Re: Any suggestions for cutting 1/4-1/2" thick heavy rubber mat material? - 05/21/12 11:44 PM

you can burn a hole through then use a drill bit to reem out the hole.
Posted By: off-roader

Re: Any suggestions for cutting 1/4-1/2" thick heavy rubber mat material? - 05/21/12 11:47 PM

How about cutting it? A heated up blade maybe?
Posted By: fasteddy

Re: Any suggestions for cutting 1/4-1/2" thick heavy rubber mat material? - 05/22/12 01:35 AM

heat a 1/4" rod and burn the hole thru, then ream with a sharp drill bit.

I've also had luck with hole saws, but don't think they make them in 1/4".

I've also used a cheapo drill bit, and drilled steel dry to get it real hot, then immediatley drilled the rubber.
Posted By: LandRaider

Re: Any suggestions for cutting 1/4-1/2" thick heavy rubber mat material? - 05/22/12 02:05 AM

Razor knife with a new blade. and a square. Don't slice your thumb off.
Posted By: Grasscat

Re: Any suggestions for cutting 1/4-1/2" thick heavy rubber mat material? - 05/22/12 02:13 AM

Run them though a table saw.

I know a Monty owner who has one, but he's playing with boats right now, maybe you can sweet talk him into cutting them for you. <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/smile.gif" alt="" />
Posted By: Alex Kogan

Re: Any suggestions for cutting 1/4-1/2" thick heavy rubber mat material? - 05/23/12 07:09 AM

Get some 1/4 steel tubing. Sharpen one end. Leave reasonable length for material to accumulate but not too long so it's bendy. Use as a a hole saw in a drill or better drill press. Lube it with some water/liquid soap when cutting.
Posted By: 4ePajero

Re: Any suggestions for cutting 1/4-1/2" thick heavy rubber mat material? - 05/23/12 12:02 PM

Lubricate the rubber as well as the cutting tool liberally with liquid soap.
Trust me, it works!
Posted By: off-roader

Re: Any suggestions for cutting 1/4-1/2" thick heavy rubber mat material? - 05/23/12 02:22 PM

Thanks <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/kewl.gif" alt="" />
Posted By: geocrasher

Re: Any suggestions for cutting 1/4-1/2" thick heavy rubber mat material? - 05/23/12 06:56 PM

When working with rubber, use a water based lubricant. KY jelly is perfect, to be honest. I have a bungee that is used for launching RC gliders, and I had to get this big thing with an eyelet on it stuck into the rubber. Tried EVERYTHING. Lubed it with KY and it slipped right in and then stayed forever.
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