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There is no heat if a shear is used to cut ss plate which is the common practice. A normal cutting torch cannot cut stainless but a plasma arc can. There would be no harm in upgrading to 3/16 plate. Any metal fab shop should have some scrap pieces around big enough to suit your needs.
There is water jet cutting which is what is recommended for SS especial. Laser cuts great too but does create heat. West Coast Waterjet - Precision Water Jet Cutting Metal, Steel, Stone, Glass, Wood - Greater Seattle, WA
YouTube - WATER CUTS STAINLESS STEEL
BTW-2205 is commonly known as Aqualoy used for prop shafts.
Last edited by DelmarRey; 08-08-2010 at 01:29 AM.