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skill saw with carbide tips ...done deal..been there done that
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Sawzall worked on mine. If you go with a power tool I strongly suggest...hearing protection, safety glasses, gloves and long sleeves...don't ask.
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Are you sure that the tank is not made of monel and not aluminum? Monel - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The fuel tank on my boat is made of monel although it looks a lot like aluminum.

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Thanks to everyone who contributed information....

The sawzall works the best, where I could use it (I used it to remove the top of the tank). Grinders , jig saws etc were a bust. Way to scary and too much work jammed in a very confined space with bits of flying aluminum everywhere. So I have just cleaned up the tank and I am now the proud owner of a boat with a keel, metal lined wine cellar.



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Watch your heat build-up and fire risk. Resins catch fire quickly. Keep a hose nearby and make sure the water is switched on. Fill a bucket of water also and keep it nearby.
I agree - and not just resins! Aluminium is a very reactive metal. Once the stable oxide coating is removed, the powder produced by grinding or sawing can be potentially flammable. However, provided you take precautions, using discs or saws intended for aluminium cutting should get you a positive result.

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I am now the proud owner of a boat with a keel, metal lined wine cellar.

Wine cellar?

She's becoming a home . . .

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