Suggestions for rackmount floppy mounting

Chuck Guzis cclist at
Wed Aug 15 01:35:43 CDT 2007

Hi Dwight,

I've got both Sawzall (varaible speed) and jigsaw (variable speed, 
variable orbit), but Claude suggested I simply use a cheap steel 
spiral-cut drywall bit.  He says that I'll pretty much destroy it in 
the process, but the result done on a router table will be hard to 

I've also got some very high-speed air-powered rotary cutting tools 
that I use to cut cast iron, but I suspect aluminum will just gum 
those up in nothing flat.


On 14 Aug 2007 at 19:56, dwight elvey wrote:

> >From: "Chuck Guzis" <cclist at>
> >
> >I need to mount some full-height and half-height 5.25" floppy drives
> >as well as a few 3.5" units on a standard EIA rack.  Does anyone have
> >any ideas about the best way to go about this would be?
> >
> >Thanks,
> >Chuck
> Hi Chuck
> Things like SawsAll come to mind or as another suggested, a jigsaw.
> The one thing to remember, you need to keep what ever tool you
> use, lubricated. Cutting oil is best but kerosine works fine as well.
> There are two problems with aluminum. One is that it tends to
> gall and clog the blade. The other is that the surface tends to
> oxidize quickly when exposed to air. The oxide is really hard and will
> dull the blade quickly. Keeping it covered with something that block
> air from getting to the fresh surface will significantly improve
> cutting speed and blade life.
> Dwight
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