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Topic Review (Newest First)
12-10-2008 10:08 AM
retclt
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Originally Posted by gtod25 View Post
I am now the proud owner of a boat with a keel, metal lined wine cellar.

Wine cellar?

She's becoming a home . . .

Ahhha
12-10-2008 12:00 AM
Leither
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Originally Posted by Rockter View Post
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.

Happy cutting!

Stuart
12-09-2008 09:39 PM
gtod25
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.
12-09-2008 03:40 PM
CalebD 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.
12-09-2008 03:33 PM
FarCry 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.
12-09-2008 03:17 PM
norsearayder skill saw with carbide tips ...done deal..been there done that
12-09-2008 01:21 PM
captbillc RETCLT that is a great article about grimding wheels, thanks.
12-09-2008 01:12 PM
merc2dogs nibblers or three jaw shears, Harbor freight sells them cheaply.
Better brands are better. They cut nice and quiet and leave a clean edge that's not as sharp as most other cutters.

Very little mess or noise.
Harbor Freight Tools - Quality Tools at the Lowest Prices

You can also pick up an attachment that works with a standard 1/2 inch drill motor.

they have three jaws and cut so the only real 'waste' is a narrow strip of metal that curls up nicely so you don't have to hunt down 10,000000 little half moon razor blades.

For aluminum, it helps if you put some dish soap along the cut line to keep the blades lubed up.

Ken.
12-09-2008 01:10 PM
Rockter 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.
12-09-2008 12:51 PM
timebandit aluminum?

Skill saw with a carbide tipped blade should work just fine.
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