The splitter's bed design is similar to that of the two-way splitters from Northerntool.com . In effect, the cylinder is inside a piece of 6" square tube, and then that tube is inside another piece of square tube (can be fabricated from a piece of 8").
Admittedly, like you, I'm quite good with my grinder too, after many years of cutting autobody panels and the like.... As I mentioned above, if I'm unable to locate someone with a plasma, I'll probably end up using a grinder too.
As someone else mentioned, yes, O/A will certainly work too.... I just would like as clean of a cut as possible the first time. I know the precision is not a big thing with a splitter, but like most of you folks, the fun of a project is in the details....
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Thread: Cutting Square Tube
03-28-2009, 08:25 PM #21Junior Member
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03-28-2009, 09:34 PM #22Senior Member
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I looked at the ones at northern... interesting design. I definitely wouldn't use a MM140 for any or it, 7018 or .045 NR-232. To get around cutting the 8" tube, I think it would actually be stronger to use 2 pieces of 8" structural channel. I'm betting the reason the commercial ones use the tube is they just roll up sheet stock into the U shape (not cutting a section out of a HSS tube) because it would be cheaper than 2 pieces of channel.Bobcat 225NT
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