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First build, tank cutting advice

Post by smoke_savage » March 22nd, 2018, 2:46 am

Hi all, I’ve decided to embark on a build, very basic knowledge so far but I’m reading as much as I can to learn.
I’ve sourced all the tools but I’m currently stuck on what cutting tool to use on a 5mm thick compressor receiver tank.
Is a plasma the only good fast option, I have access to a rental unit, are hand tools such as an angle grinder with cutting blade a complete pain in the arse? They look slow and potentially not as clean to cut?

Thanks for your time



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Re: First build, tank cutting advice

Post by ajfoxy » March 22nd, 2018, 6:03 am

You can use an angle grinder with a slimmy disk (thin metal cutting disk). It is a bit slow, but hey, it's not a race it is a journey. :D

You can also use a plasma cutter. A little faster but with speed comes potential wander in the cut unless you've done it heaps of times before. 5mm should not pose a problem. Remember with plasma you'll probably get a bit of slag top and bottom of the cut, depending on your level of experience. This will need to be ground off with, yep you guessed it the afore mentioned angle grinder.

As mentioned before it is a journey building a smoker so you don't have to take the "fastest" route. Take your time, enjoy the build experience and you'll end up with a smoker that will last a long, long time.


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Re: First build, tank cutting advice

Post by Big T » March 22nd, 2018, 8:39 pm

:yth: good advice


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Re: First build, tank cutting advice

Post by Dirtytires » March 22nd, 2018, 10:26 pm

That is thin enough I’d just use a grinder cut-off on it. Plasma is more fun and less messy but doesn’t seem worth renting or going thru the learning curve for just a door.



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Re: First build, tank cutting advice

Post by 4wheelgregg » November 8th, 2019, 7:18 am

I have been using what looks like a circular saw with a carbide tipped steel blade , called a Evolution saw works great you can youtube the name cuts 1/2 plate like butter .



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Re: First build, tank cutting advice

Post by Overspray » November 8th, 2019, 10:45 am

I’d second the circular saw personally. Straight, quick, and they don’t get everything super hot



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Re: First build, tank cutting advice

Post by 4wheelgregg » March 27th, 2020, 1:49 pm

Evolution Saw ... basically a circular saw for steel.



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Re: First build, tank cutting advice

Post by tinspark » March 27th, 2020, 7:27 pm

Was just watching this last night. Some dude named Frank (lol!) on this YouTube video was using a saw made by Milwakee to cut a propane tank.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gOPrLlaNPng
The saw was cool but pricey, especially if you don't use it too often. Minimal on sparks since he was cutting an abandoned propane tank. You have a thin wall Compressor tank with no volatile materials, 5mm is only about 3/16", so my weapon of choice would either be my plasma cutter, but most likely a grinder with a cutting disc. If I cut open several tanks a year, I would personally invest in the saw.. The Frank dude (lol!) shows a closeup of the saw in the video as well as the type of cut-off saw..
This is it, or real close. This one is a 15 Amp., but there is also the 13 and 20 amp models as well.
https://www.homedepot.com/p/Milwaukee-1 ... &gclsrc=ds


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Re: First build, tank cutting advice

Post by 4wheelgregg » April 1st, 2020, 9:24 am

I use the Evolution saw was under 200 bucks and blades were like 45 bucks , I use Mc McMaster Carr for most of my purchases .
Nice thing about Evolution it has a built in mini circuit breaker incase you over load .
My Tanks are 1/2 thick steel and Evolution works great for me .
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