Rusty Jammed Rebar Cutter - Restoration

פורסם בתאריך 22 אוק 2019
In this video i'm restoring a hopeless case of a super rusty rebar cutter.

People from all over the world send me pictures of their items they'd like to have restored by me in a video. Mostly the items do not look bad enough, not enough rust or not broken enough for an interesting video. However this rebar cutter caught my attention from the first look at it. Marco from Italy was so nice to ship it to me to Switzerland, he gave me this shear for free means he doesn't want to have it back. Thank you very much for that. Right when I saw the pictures I knew this would probably be a very challenging restoration because of all that rust. I assumed that it would be all seized up and a nightmare to disassemble and I was right. This cutter only has four bolts and is built together by only five parts, but I was busy with the disassembling for three days. It was very difficult to get the two big bolts out, specially the smaller one. It needed 12 tons on the hydraulic press and I needed to drill one bolt hollow. I made a lot of parts new on this project, I've only kept three parts original: the body and the two moving parts. As the handle was missing, I made a new one which required quite a few steps of machining, welding and grinding but the end result turned out very nice. As I almost made the whole thing new I decided to give this tool a modern touch with the choice of colour, that's why I went with orange.

I hope you like my work and the video.

Huge thank you to all of my Patreon and PayPal supporters and specially to:

Matthew Holcomb
Andreas Prüm
Adel AlSaffar
Alan Hanson
Amanda Taylor, Esq
Andreswara Hermawan
Andrew Phillips
Courtney Maleport
Dan Williams
Hunter R.
Jonas Richartz
Mellissa Marcus
Nick Cannon
Paul Ambry
Paul Mampilly
Trevor Kam
TRG Restoration
Vince Valenti
Zachary Grimes


00:00 preview
00:33 disassembling
04:07 showing all the parts
04:21 cleaning the parts with the parts washer
04:33 sandblasting
05:24 showing the sandblasted parts
05:31 restoring the body
07:01 restoring the movable jaw
07:37 restoring the movable gear part
08:14 making the small nut on the lathe
08:59 making the big nut
09:12 making the small bolt on the lathe
10:21 making the big bolt
10:35 making two washers for the bolts on the lathe
11:11 making two new M8 bolts and washers on the lathe
12:10 start of making the missing handle
12:15 preparing the tube on the lathe
12:54 making the domed cap on the lathe
13:20 welding the domed cap on the tube
13:29 cleaning up the welds of the domed cap on the lathe
13:46 making the connection piece to the tool on the lathe
14:57 milling the sides flat and welding up the plates
16:19 welding the connection piece on the tube and turn it clean on the lathe
16:50 making two threads in the connection piece
17:14 sandblasting the handle
17:28 bluing all the parts
18:08 painting the handle and the body
18:43 making two new cutting bits
19:20 hardening and tempering the cutting bits
20:03 showing all the parts before reassembling
20:17 reassembling
21:52 showing the finished restoration
22:43 final test

Time and costs of this restoration:

I was working on this project for 3.5 weeks
$60 painting (primer and orange coat)
$50 dinner for my friend for the hardening :-)

My camera:
Panasonic HC-V180

If you have any questions about the process, machines i'm using or other stuff, just ask me in the comments. I read them all and i try to reply as soon as possible.

Sorry for my bad english, it's not my language. I try my best to improve my technical english.

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  • всем привет очень круто

  • Your work is very neat beautiful restoration

  • Wonderfull ,You are a Big Master

  • It turned out very well, lol literally

  • 구멍을 물리적으로 부숴버리는게 웃기네 ㅋㅋㅋㅋ

  • Just curious why, after using machines for everything else, you used a hand-held drill tomake the holes in the two bolts at around 20:25?

  • A demonstration for what a well and long Vocational training is good for. And now you know why the best watches are Swiss Made.

  • You should have melted it forged a new metal plate and then made a new one using that

  • Ship of Theseus was inspired from this

  • Next time use heat makes a world of difference vwhen removing stuck bolts

  • ГЛАЗА-А-А!!!! кто знает лайкнет)))

  • Another excellently executed restoration

  • I make new ones is my favourite part of these videos 😂

  • Good machinist terrible welder

  • Used his extended leaverage technique to open a lug nut from my tyre. Torque baby !

  • Почему в заголовке названия написано ржавой арматуры...?

  • This man is clearly a genius ! What an engineer. Truely awe inspiring. He’s got every conceivable bit of equipment . Love watching your tutorials. Many thanks.

  • Why is the bluing black at first?

  • Do they not have hardware stores in Switzerland? Like, i get it when it's a specialty part, but at the point where you are making a new hex nut out of your loaf of hex nut stock, i have to wonder why someone didn't tell you they sell those ACE for like $0.33

  • A restoration a cut above the rest ☺

  • Сначала было вообще нихрена непонятно! В середине непонятно втройне! А в конце я осознал, что это ж блин болторез на минималках! 😉😎

  • Does it cut rebar!?

  • rip ugly washers, you won't be missed

  • You the best.

  • It would be great (for us mere mortals) if you could post the time you spent restoring these hidden gems. It would go more to show off your dedication.

  • 新しいの買ったら? お金掛けて直す価値がある物でもないし。

  • 손기술 쥑이네ㅋㅋㅋ

  • But can it cut Hydraulic Press?

  • you didn't cut the rebar :'(

  • Love these videos! You do great work. But as a welder I highly recommend a tig welder for a lot of those applications. Not hating on anything just some advice.😌

  • Watching your video is a kind of Therapy to an old codger reminiscing yesteryear. The socket on the wall appears to be Swedish. Are you Swedish? Or live in Sweden? I wonder how much did it cost you to set up a workshop like that? It appears that you have all the gadgets. Good luck. You are 'Last of the Mohicans'... Such exquisite Craftsmanship is becoming rarer and rarer. I hope you are training someone to take over and continue?

  • Könntest du bitte einmal etwas zu deinem Werkstattequipment sagen? Z. B. würde mich sehr interessieren, welches Sandstrahlgerät du da immer nutzt. Danke!

  • *loses car keys “I’ll make a new one”

  • This is my asmr right here 👍

  • These videos are very satisfying to watch.

  • Wastage of time n money. Just chisel off hard rust n crust and keep the whole body dipped in commercial HCl for half an hour. Almost every part is loosened and can b separated. Again dip all parts in HCl. And that's all. If you enjoy jugglery, free time and money this a better way to pass your time. Technically, it is NOT reqd at all.

  • Gud jobb

  • Pretty slick

  • Brilliant 🤗

  • Radical. Ficou fera espetacular... Maravilhoso uma renovação excelente.

  • perfect work.. perfect master..

  • 08:21 - Mr. Mechanics didn't say it, so I'll say it for him: I MAKE A NEW ONE

  • your welds suck

  • Man I love these videos.

  • Когда смотришь х2 ускорении нормально

  • خیلی‌عالی‌وخوب‌بود‌ممنون‌

  • now how the hell, now i say now how the hell did people make bolts and screws and stuff before machines like this? its like magic to me!

  • I feel like a torch would have helped in so many ways.

    • Yeah for sure, next time ;-)

  • Increíble, estupendo trabajo

  • Dude how are you welding ?😭😭😭 its so ugly

  • Please, please do a video where you just jetwash something, bung some wd40 on the moving bits and slather some hammerite black over the visible bits and call it good! Coz that’s what 99% of the rest of the world do…. I’ve never seen the consistent use of files, and in the PROPER WAY as well, (not dragged backwards) the care taken over every part however insignificant or visible it would be. I subscribed not because you need subscribers, but because I am an engineer myself, (CNC aircraft manufacturer) and I love watching someone who has proper skill!!

  • Your restoration is first class. but I must say your could do some with some lessons in welding that’s shocking

  • Try soaking in vinegar.

  • Just once when tightening a bolt I’d like to hear him go “Hnnnnnnng click!”

  • Try heating the rusty bolt or rod to red to remove it.


  • What is the silver powder sprinkled in the middle of the video?

  • 17:34 Hello! Could you please tell me what kind of liquid solution you are using?

  • Need a bearing press and or heat make a hot tater and beat or heat n press it out.

  • I was impressed by the manual 25t press. Pretty riveting.

  • Does all the waste from milling get recycled?

  • Anyone else see the chicken 🐔 at 8:10 ?

  • SIIIIIIIIII👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍💖😁😁😁😁😁😁😁😁😁😁😁😁😁😁😁😁😁😁😁😁😁😁

  • Rebar cutter restoration, yet he didn't cut rebar... My disspointment is immesurable and my day is ruined

  • Pretty awesome restoration. You are quite skilled machinist. Thanks for sharing.

  • This guy has every tool in the world

  • This guy is a master at his craft

  • My eyes absolutely love it when the welding parts don’t have a cover

  • Perfekt, ein Profi der weiß was er macht. 👍👍👍❤️❤️❤️🎖️🎖️🏆🙋‍♂️

  • Сам понял что написал?

  • What's wrong with having sharp edges?

  • My mechanics: I make new one Us: **YEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEAAAAAAHHHHHH**

  • Looks good and it works. You have made it usable once again.

  • Так и не понял зачем так много телодвижений с ручкой?

  • speeds and feeds is all you're missing mate.

  • nexts time you sluggo a bolt, leave the nut on the end of the thread. That way you don't smash your thread.

  • Herr Meine Mechanik ist der Meister der Drehbank.

  • Your attention to detail and goal for perfection is nice to see and admired. Great work!

  • Когда есть такой инструмент, давать такое плохое качество недопустимо, особенно сварка... и покраска тоже

  • Immergere nel gasolio per una settimana -

  • Always remember " your file cuts on the push , and dulls on the pull "

  • As a grandmother ..I see how they make my stainless steel scrubbies to keep my pots and pans clean , from big curly shavings ..not sharp of course

  • After making numerous parts see 2 washers..he says ..they look ugly ..BOOM !!!!HE JUST MAKES SOME

  • Genius.

  • please add turkısh subtitles to the all videos

  • 👍👍

  • I found this channel randomly, not I can't get enough of it. lol .. The asmr is satisfying .. not to mention seeing something being restored.

  • Drill bit breaks "I make a new one."

  • Good work, I love it

  • I cannot lie, this was pretty damn entertaining 👍🏾

  • Отличная работа и прекрасный результат. Автор - настоящий Мастер!

  • 4:35 what happened

  • Kudos Man ! The owner must be Proud to see this New Avatar 🤩

  • Как здорово........👏👍✌️

  • Oh look ! A Happy Halloween tool !

  • 😍😍😍

  • That nut was fine but okay. Clerarly you enjoy machining, is machining your background?

  • This guy is Amazing. He could rebuild society itself, because if you have the will to build and rebuild something others will discard, then you have the resolve to fix rather then destroy. You are an Inspiration and a beacon of hope that even the Broken amongst us can be restored.

  • 18:45 arent you just looking for excuses to make new ones :D come on

  • Когда так заклинило болты , жидким ключем или в тормозуху, керосин или салярку на ночь. И/или нагреть немного лампой паяльной и выпресовывать/выбивать.