Using rebar can be a vital part of any construction project, whether it be a huge building or a backyard remodel. Figuring out the best way to cut or bend rebar is just as important as laying it out, otherwise, you’ll be stuck with only one length and no way to change the direction.
Here’s How to Cut and Bend Rebar
Bolt Cutter Can Go A Long Way
Using a bolt cutter isn’t only for cutting locks and chains. This tool is very effective at cutting rebar as well and doesn’t require hulk-like strength to do so. This is good for situations when you have to trim the rebar to match a certain length or size.
Circular Saw Is the Go-To Machine
While a bolt cutter is good to use in a pinch, a circular saw is most people’s preferred choice. Using a diamond blade, a circular saw can cut through rebar much more efficiently and consistently, allowing for better cuts.
Using A Torch Is Another Option
While we you can most certainly melt the rebar using a plasma torch, we wouldn’t recommend it as your go-to method. Due to the fact that the torch melts the rebar instead of cuts it, the material is left uneven. Not only that, but it often takes longer and is less cost friendly, so only use it if you have to.
When In Doubt, Use Your Hands
As the final straw and no other options available, a manual saw can be used to cut the rebar. Make sure you’re using a good blade that isn’t dull. Regardless, this process will obviously be arduous work and require time and patience.
A Steel Pipe and Hickey Bar Makes Bending Easy
Using the rebar and inserting it into the slot of a hickey bar, you can use a steel pipe to bend the protruding part. This is a simple way to correct or change the direction in which you want the rebar to go.