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  • #76
    I have to shime in. The notch you'll have to do will be a half moon about 3/8 deep on each side. You'll have a 1 inch square edge on both the non notched side. So I would go around every post and scribe my notches measuring 3/8 deep and using the end of a pipe for the half moon part on both side and grab the torches with a clean # 00 tip and cut all my notches.
    Way faster then anything else. By cutting from the outside in, you wont have a hard time getting rid of the little slag left with a grinding dremmel bit you put on a grinder. fast an easy.

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    • #77
      I would just do it with the torch. I made a a jig when I did A railing job and that worked real well.

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      • #78
        Brake Cleaner!

        Originally posted by Make-It-Hot View Post
        Well, you wouldn't want to buy a hole saw at Home Depot. If you spent $25-30 on a decent Hole Saw say at Rex Supply, or some other tooling supply house, and used a shot of cutting oil for each joint you could cut a thousand miles worth of saddles with only one hole saw. After you get the saddles cut hit each joint with a shot of brake cleaner or carb cleaner so the oil won't contaminate your weld and you're off to the races. I think McMaster-Carr has high quality hole saws you can buy online at www.mcmaster-carr.com.

        I've cut access openings in header pipe for lateral joints using a hole saw in an End Mill and many times the header pipe was A108 Grade B xxh and I've never had a problem wearing out hole saws. Just use cutting fluid and watch your speed.

        Clearly, the best way to fit fence, regardless of the joint, is with a template and a torch, whether oxy-act or plasma; however, the gentleman said he was having difficulty with this and so I just offered a different alternative.

        For any given problem there exists an infinite number of solutions.

        Brake cleaner smoke is highly toxic. Don't do this. One breath of the smoke can put you on the ground and maybe in it.
        Mustangs Forever!

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        • #79
          Originally posted by ddivinia View Post
          I used a Shur Kut this weekend and I must have a set. I can't find any place that sells them. Can I buy them online?

          Thanks,
          Darin
          I just bought one. Have not used it yet! I called Shur Kut and they had one of their vendors call me. I placed the order and it showed up one week latter like clock work. Now if I can just get it to stop raining so I can start my fence project!

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          • #80
            Shur Kut

            Originally posted by dan c View Post
            I just bought one. Have not used it yet! I called Shur Kut and they had one of their vendors call me. I placed the order and it showed up one week latter like clock work. Now if I can just get it to stop raining so I can start my fence project!
            Here's the contact info for Shur Kut:

            WWW.SHURKUT.NET

            Shur-Kut

            Midland, Texas

            Phone: (432) 689-2343

            Fax: (432) 689-2795

            Toll-Free: 1-877-689-2343
            Mustangs Forever!

            Miller equipment.

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            • #81
              marking saddle cuts for pipe fencing ~ Pic of stencil tool

              Pic of a tool we use for marking the saddle cut works great and is fast and easy if you already have pipe in the ground or for pre cut pipe

              Here is a pic of what you need they can be bought at most local welding supply stores for different sizes of pipe.

              hope this helps
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              • #82
                I've had the shur kuts for years. In fact I have one that I didn't see available on their web site. It's for saddling two and three eighths to two and three eighths at one end. On the other it's set up for saddling two and three eighths to two and seven eighths.

                I don't think I've used them for probably five years or more. If I'm doing a bunch of pipe posts or building rail fence I use my Vogel.

                If I'm just doing one or two pieces then I use the portaband. I can saddle a joint easier and faster than most people can with a torch using the portaband. This is especially true if you consider set up time. There's no sparks which can be important when there's a fire hazard.
                life is good

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                • #83
                  I have used the jigs that you trace and then cut with the torch, and like others i prefer the shur kut.
                  The best saddles that i have ever cut have been wtih the chop saw using Archer's Pipe Saddle cutter. I have used it for guard rail, hand rail and pipe fences of all sizes. You need only the one jig for 1/2"-4".
                  It basicly sets you saw up to cut 30* angles. The draw back in you cant cut saddles in pipe that is already in the ground.
                  Here is a link to the website.
                  http://www.uswelder.com/store/ArcherAccessories.html
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