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    Anybody have experience cutting large pieces of used cast aluminum? I have a small foundry and need to cut up some engine blocks, transmission housings etc. Not enough power to run industrial shears. Can it be done with torches or plasma?

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    Originally posted by marker_tom View Post
    Anybody have experience cutting large pieces of used cast aluminum? I have a small foundry and need to cut up some engine blocks, transmission housings etc. Not enough power to run industrial shears. Can it be done with torches or plasma?
    you might look into one of the large industrial horizontal bandsaws... like DoAll or Kalamazoo

    http://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_nkw=horizontal+bandsaw

    heck .... even a small PortaBand could carve off slices if money was really tight
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    • #3
      Plasma cutter, yes; oxy-fuel torch, no. Remember that the plasma cutter rating is for mild steel, and will be about 1/3 less for aluminum, if you are shopping for one.

      But not having an experience or exact knowledge of what you need to do, I'd also look at large toothed saws as an option to consider, depending on location and type of cut.
      Last edited by MAC702; 02-20-2017, 05:25 PM.

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      • #4
        Sawzall makes quick work of it with a wood blade if you aren't looking to invest a lot in equipment.
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        • #5
          One important question...........

          how big is the crucible & how heavy the pour............. ???

          that will give us an idea of scale

          pics....??
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          • #6
            Depending on what you're busting up, you can probably beat on it with a hammer. Or get an 8 year old girl to do it....cmon! It's cast aluminum man!<br />
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            Trans housing, probably be able to bust it up no problem...the engine block, maybe not so easy. Might need a 10 year old girl to do it for you.

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            • #7
              The crucible is 100 lb. the top diameter is 18" and the depth is 30". The smaller the pieces the quicker the melt. Ideally the pieces would be 4" x 10" +-
              Ryanjones2150 really?? I will look at the horizontal band saw H80N thank you

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              • #8
                Don't be so thin skinned, Tom....I'm giving you a hard time, that's all.

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                • #9
                  Tom

                  Ryan is one of the good guys........... with a bit of a sense of humor.....
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