Carl Heideman
Carl Heideman
10/22/20 8:29 a.m.

A big part of being grassroots involves making things out of metal: brackets, supports, bearing holders, levers and more. Sometimes you’re making things from scratch; other times you’re modifying a part from one application to fit another. No matter what the task, one way or another you’re going to have to cut that metal to size. 

However, there’s more than one …

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Vigo (Forum Supporter)
Vigo (Forum Supporter) MegaDork
10/22/20 9:32 a.m.

I have finally learned what the name (and 'actual purpose'?) for this thing is!

I came up in the southwest in an era when almost all factory exhaust pieces were stainless anyway, so if cutting mufflers was ever a common thing, i missed it.. I think i've owned one or several of these tips for most of my adult life, though. 

APEowner
APEowner GRM+ Memberand Dork
10/22/20 10:15 a.m.
Vigo (Forum Supporter) said:

I have finally learned what the name (and 'actual purpose'?) for this thing is!

I came up in the southwest in an era when almost all factory exhaust pieces were stainless anyway, so if cutting mufflers was ever a common thing, i missed it.. I think i've owned one or several of these tips for most of my adult life, though. 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NtioHM40adQ

I grew up in the Northeast in the heart of the rust belt when exhaust systems were mild steel.  Cutting parts of exhaust systems was definitely a thing and I used those so much that I've worn them out. However, the oxy/acetylene torch is my preferred weapon of choice for exhaust work.  In some circumstances and in the right hands it can actually be the most precise tool. 

Because it won't cut until the metal reaches a certain temperature and there's a natural thermal break between two components it's possible to cut away one part that's in contact with another with minimal to no damage to the adjoining part. 

For example you can cut an outer pipe off an inner or vise versa.  You can also cut a nut off a bolt without damaging the bolt.  I've even cut king pins out of truck axles with the torch.

paddygarcia
paddygarcia GRM+ Memberand New Reader
10/22/20 12:33 p.m.

I've been getting pretty good results with the combination of a Milwaukee portaband saw and a Swag Offroad stand. Won't do anything big but for angles, square, and probably round stock it's very handy. 

ish_da
ish_da New Reader
3/29/21 6:20 a.m.

No nibbler?
This is not very exhaustive.

billstewartx
billstewartx New Reader
8/17/21 3:33 p.m.

Jump Shear??  

twentyover
twentyover Dork
8/17/21 10:00 p.m.

Beverly Shear?

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