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    What is the fastest and easiest way to cut expanded steel?Thanks.
    Last edited by stickwelds; 07-08-2006, 03:54 PM.
    Stickwelds

    millermatic 251
    thunderbolt xl
    hypertherm powermax 380
    jet bandsaw
    delta chopsaw

  • #2
    The fastest and easiest is a shear.
    Since I don't own one, I use my plasma with a straight edge guide.

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    • #3
      Ditto. I'm so po', I didn't even think of the shear. I use plasma. This is where you need a GOOD, modern plasma, though, because the old-style and even the new cheap ones don't have the automatically relighting pilot arc.

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      • #4
        And if you're even poorer you can use an angle grinder
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        • #5
          I've used a sawzall with decent results, too. You don't even need the straightedge because the expanded diamonds will recenter the blade for you for each little cut.

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          • #6
            Circular saw with abrasive wheel has worked for me...
            Syncrowave 250DX
            Millermatic 250X
            Hypertherm PowerMax 1100

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            • #7
              i just use a grinder on a straight line

              Eric
              "Why go around the mudhole when you can go through it"

              Miller Bobcat 250

              Miller Syncrowave 200


              Lincoln Pro-Core 100

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              • #8
                I have even used a jigsaw with a metal blade for tight places and it worked good
                but always wear your safty goggles.......those metal bits get everywhere .

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                • #9
                  What about just using your stick welder with a E6011 rod - quick and easy

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                  • #10
                    Hey richcharles what rod size should I use?I have some 60/11 they are 3/32 and 1/8.
                    Stickwelds

                    millermatic 251
                    thunderbolt xl
                    hypertherm powermax 380
                    jet bandsaw
                    delta chopsaw

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                    • #11
                      Go with the 1/8 rod at 90-100 amps.
                      Hope that helps

                      Charles

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                      • #12
                        14" gas powered cut-off saw. Keep a steady hand.
                        Just kidding. I usually go the skill saw with abrasive disc route.
                        The difference between No One. and No. One is where you put the period. John Force

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