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  • carweld
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    Method of cutting metal

    Although applications vary I have over the past couple of years grown to love the metal cutting circular saw, I have found a lot of uses for it that I would have normally used other methods that take longer and require clean up afterwards. These saws are wonderful,I have two of them and wouldn't trade them for anything.
    Last edited by carweld; 02-18-2008, 07:41 PM.

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  • SavageSunJeep
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    Originally posted by KEENAVV View Post
    Mark all sides with a speed square and clamp a piece of scrap for a guide.
    Thanks on the marking all sides and cutting with my plasma.

    I mostly do Chop saw, but then I have to dress the cut. Yes I have to dress the cut on the plasma but that rarely takes more than a few passes with the wheel to clean it up.

    Now that I know its ok I will let the requirement of precision of fitment dictate the plasma/chop saw.

    Thanks all

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  • HMW
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    What KEENAVV said, but chop saw or band saw probably quicker since you dont have to mark it all the way around.

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  • KEENAVV
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    Originally posted by SavageSunJeep View Post
    I recently got my Hypertherm Plasma cutter and I am still experimenting with what to cut with it.

    How one one go about cutting square/rd hollow tubing? I currently use my chop saw or my cutoff disk on 1/2" and below. The biggest stuff I work with is 2" with a wall thickness of about .125 +/- .25.

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    Mark all sides with a speed square and clamp a piece of angle iron scrap for a guide. Be sure to keep the torch at 90 to the cut even when you go around the 90.
    Last edited by KEENAVV; 02-16-2008, 12:26 AM.

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  • SavageSunJeep
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    Originally posted by KEENAVV View Post
    I have all cutting equipment mentioned on this thread and 99% of the time i'll use plasma. It's fast ,clean,smooth, no chips or metal/abrasive dust.
    I recently got my Hypertherm Plasma cutter and I am still experimenting with what to cut with it.

    How one one go about cutting square/rd hollow tubing? I currently use my chop saw or my cutoff disk on 1/2" and below. The biggest stuff I work with is 2" with a wall thickness of about .125 +/- .25.

    Thanks

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  • KEENAVV
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    I have all cutting equipment mentioned on this thread and 99% of the time i'll use plasma. It's fast ,clean,smooth, no chips or metal/abrasive dust.

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  • tacmig
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    Well..

    Ruff cut stock> Baileigh cold saw.

    Precision cut stock> Baileigh & Jet wet band saws.

    Ruff cut sheet and flat stock> Victor & Smith O/A

    Precision cut sheet and flat stock> Techni i35 waterjet & Esab plasma.

    When I'm pissed> Ridgid chop saw.

    Ruff cut top sirloin> Kmart butter knife.

    Precision cut Prime Rib> J.A. Henckels.

    Ruff cut cheese> Taco Bell.

    Precision cut cheese> El Fiesta Monterey.

    That's about it, if I think of more I'll let you know..

    TacMig

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  • k zen
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    horizontal saw for 90% of my cut and plasma cutter for special cut ( the best buy i could have done ).

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  • SavageSunJeep
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    4 1/2 in angle grinder with cut off disk, chop saw, plasma cutter in not special order, just depending on what and how much etc.

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  • bryce_burden
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    I use the chop saw for cutting all my pipe, square, angle, etc. I use an Oxy-Acetylene rig for everything else. Thats all i have access to at work. At school, we have a Lincoln ProCut 55 plasma, I've used it one time and hated it. I can make a cut 3x smoother and straighter with my Victor than I can with that plasma. I'm not much on the more modern processes, whether it be my welding or cutting process. I still use a stick machine every day, and refuse to run that plasma cutter again after my last experience. Can't afford no fancy portable band saw or anything like that, though I would like to have one of them cold cut chop saws someday.

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  • tnjind
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    Cold saw for bar stock, plasma cutter for large flats or sheet, sometimes 4 1/2" w/cutoff. sometimes torch on nasty stuff or outside, just depends.

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  • SNUNEZ
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    Cutting

    Torches Oxy Acetylene $ Plasma Band Saw For Straight Cuts
    But I Do Lots Of Intricate Cuts With Torches

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  • c wagner
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    If I'm at home I use my chop saw or grinder, if it's really thick I'll use the torch. If it's stainless I'll take it to work and use the shear, plasma or bandsaw. Alum. I'll use a mitre saw for extrusions, shear, plasma, or jigsaw on sheet.

    Originally posted by KBar View Post
    I use the torch for rough work or for heating up my sandwich at lunch time as long as my wife wrapped it in foil.
    Like Hank Hill would say: "Taste the meat, not the heat!"

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  • KBar
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    The best method for cutting metal is to have somebody else do it for you.

    I use a chop saw mostly, for finer work, I use a cut off wheel in my air grinder.

    I use the torch for rough work or for heating up my sandwich at lunch time as long as my wife wrapped it in foil.

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  • Fat-Fab.com
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    Table saw
    and
    butter knife

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