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Gilgamesh

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Joined
Feb 10, 2002
Location
Norman, OK
Hi i would like to cut some holes to my case and i need some tools the problem is that i don't know what dremel works better for computer case(it should be cheap too)
 

aupilotxp

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Joined
Dec 2, 2001
Location
Danville, VA
hmmmm....

you can use a dremel, but I used a nibbler...then again, it takes quite a while, and can be painful....lol...but...its only 10 bucks....

enjoy

Marc
 
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Gilgamesh

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Feb 10, 2002
Location
Norman, OK
thx i think i go for the nibbler and i also need a driller to make the holes you have any idea of a cheap tool that i can make holes too?
 

Jeniva

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Joined
Nov 29, 2001
Location
Greensboro, North Carolina
hole saws work the best for cutting fan holes....better then dremels, better then nibblers, and TONS faster

but..they can get semi expencive. If you do go with a hole saw..make sure its made for METAL, and make sure your drill can handle it...
 

Silver

Senior Citizen (aka old fart)
Joined
Nov 24, 2001
Location
Dallas, Georgia
This is how I did it on the cheap. Bought a jigsaw at walmart $9.99. Bought fine tooth metal blades $2.00. Masked a large area on the side of the case. Used glass the same size as the fan to make circle on masking tape. Drilled hole inside of circle. Used jig saw and moved it slowly to create a beautiful circle (really was almost a factory type cut). As the jig is one speed do not force it and do not start and stop it. Turn it on and then move slowly. Keep it flush to the case and if the case cover is one piece put some support under it. When you are done, a file, coarse sand paper or if it is thin metal a razor blade may be used to clean up the edges so they do not cut you. Hope this helps. I now do have a Dremel but still use the jig on the case cover holes as they are so pretty. I suspect a hole saw would work better however the cost is beyond me.
 

FeralCom

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Mar 11, 2002
For fan holes, I don’t think you can do better than a hole saw. But then you need the equipment pictured above and that’s not too cheap.

For small holes, other than fan holes, I like the nibbler. I have found that you can speed up your progress with one by doing the following.

1. Use WD40 on the line you are cutting or a little spray on the nibbler as you go.
2. After a few inches, turn the nibbler inwards and make a new starting hole.

For large holes like windows, I love my Dermel. They take practice, but I couldn’t think of anything that goes faster. Also, if you ever get one, don’t get the cheap. Those small ones don’t cut squat.