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Old 11-20-2016, 04:09 PM
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I will be replacing older electronics with new in he spring. I will be ordering the MFD, transducer, stereo and speakers in a few weeks, I have typical household tools that most people have. I am also very handy. I am not at all concerned about the job.

Are there any specific tools necessary that I might not have that I should get to make the job go smooth and easy?

1 - Flush mount MFD - will need to make current hole bigger
2 - remove transom mount transducer and fill holes
3 - drill and mount thru hull transducer
4 - cut hole for stereo and cut holes for speakers, mount everything; run wires etc.....
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Once you decide on the transducer....just get the correct hole saw....those are very easy to find.
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What are the best tools to use to enlarge the hole in the dash for he new MFD and to make holes for the stereo?

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What are the best tools to use to enlarge the hole in the dash for he new MFD and to make holes for the stereo?
This works well
http://www.harborfreight.com/power-t...saw-65766.html
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If your doing the wiring, i would suggest some good wire strippers, good wire cutters, crimp tool, soldering iron....
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Thank you
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a good torch for shrink tubing will save time. Make sure to have some marine-tex on hand for boo-boos.
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I like spin-tite nut drivers with a hollow shaft for close work on electronics.

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What are the best tools to use to enlarge the hole in the dash for he new MFD and to make holes for the stereo?
Electric jig saw (with fine tooth blade) - lots of different kinds of electric saws available at big box stores. FYI I would mask off the area your going to cut first. That prevents chipping - and oh yea measure three times before cutting.
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Thank you for the advise everyone
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X2 on the pre-masking , and on the shoe of any such tool employed.

And any time you use a hole saw (or other drill bit) in gelcoat it can help to start in Reverse to avoid chipping, then switch to fwd once under the surface
. If using a holesaw be sure to use a pilot bit.
Jig- or scrollsaw, sawzall or roto-saw ("zip" tool ) can work on the dash.
If possible, use a shop-vac at the same time to collect f/g and wood dust.
And 1st be very sure no wiring , etc is in the way of cutting or drilling... to more than the expected depth the tool will reach.
There are "reverse teeth" sawzall blades, maybe for jig saw as well to further minimize chipping.
If the cutout template shows radiused corners , use a drill bit with suitable diameter to drill the corners 1st.
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Hello. Bosch (and some others too) make a small plunge cut multi tool, I think Dremel do an attachment too, that make cutting into consoles and panels a breeze. Quality crimpers, I have some Knipex ones, like them very much, shop vac is really handy too. Hope this helps.
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I've found that regular steel tools dull very quickly cutting fiberglass. At the minimum, get bi-metal hole saws, but you'll basically ruin them cutting a few holes in fiberglass. I've had to sharpen some to use a second time--and these are not cheap hole saws. Milwaukee.

the best tool for cutting dash openings is a oscillating multi-tool, like a fein, rockwell or even the dremel, though that has a tendency to over heat during use.

Get the carbide blades, the wood cutting blades will not cut fiberglass for more than a few seconds. The carbide blades made for cutting tile work great for cutting fiberglass.

If using a jig saw, again, get a carbide blade. Steel blades dull very quickly, probably before you can complete a cut out.

Forget the roto zip. It will not work nearly as well as the jig saw as it's hard to cut a straight line and the steel bits dull instantly.

Facing an electronics installation, here's the kit:

1. a decent digital multimeter, (fluke, greenlee, etc)
2. crimp connectors(marine grade), wire stripper, and a proper crimping tool for all the wire sizes typically used (red, blue, yellow connectors)
3. side cutters, screw drivers, etc. basic hand tools.
4. drill and drill bits, driver bits
5. oscillating cutting tool with carbide blades or jig saw with carbide blades (fein is one of the best, but the rockwell is decent)
6. hole saws with bi metal blades, but expect to ruin them in the process
7. label maker, masking tape with a marker to label wires as you move them around
8. a smart phone or camera to take digital pics of connections for reference
9. heat shrink tubing and a heat gun
10. a handful of small (#6, #8) 1/2 inch to 1 inch stainless screws
11. a pack of quality assorted wire ties
12. roll of electrical tape
13. a few feet of several different sizes of split wire loom
14. a couple fiberglass electricians fish tapes, one in a spool, one stiff like a fishing rod
15. spools of various wire needed for the installation. pacergroup.net, defender.com, genuinedealz.com, etc. all good sources.
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"the best tool for cutting dash openings is a oscillating multi-tool, like a fein, rockwell or even the dremel". Buoy Scout is correct, I use an Old Milwaukee battery operated multi tool to expand existing or new dash cut outs. Many different size blades for that purpose. I use that multi-Tool constantly for many different projects. You can get one at Home Depot. Much better than the Dremel I had previously.


http://www.homedepot.com/p/Milwaukee...FUNEhgodSFADsw


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Thanks everyone. New electronics do not ship until March-ish but I am amassing all I need over winter and will make a story board for the project so I can follow a plan rather than jump in willy nilly.
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for cutting out your dash and speaker holes this is the most useful and time saving tool in my bag

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Wildfish - which wheel for cutting fiberglass?
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I tried to cut my dash with a dremel once. Complete pain in the butt, very hard to control and poor precision. Jigsaw is much better tool for the job. Wood bits cut fiberglass very well.

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