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    cutting 1-1/4" steel stock

    I have a Rigid 12" compound saw. I mainly cut wood but need to cut some 1-1/4" steel stock. I bought a 12" abrasive metal cut-off. Will this do the trick or will it ruin my saw or cause damage to me and/or saw? I need to make 5 cuts.

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    Re: cutting 1-1/4" steel stock

    Hacksaw, jigsaw, recip saw, angle grinder . Abrasive blade will work, very messy. Metal must be clamped very well on your saw. Will probably take 5 more blades. Damage possible due to duration of cuts.

    Assuming this is a on time deal and not desiring to invest much money into a new tools?
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    Re: cutting 1-1/4" steel stock

    Thanks for the quick reply. I have a band saw and recip. saw. Which would you recommend and what blade?

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    Before you do any cutting check the RPM of your saw AND the blade you bought. If you have the saw I'm thinking of , the RPM will not match.
    Is this 1 1/4 " Solid ? Angle ? Tube .
    Post your location, there maybe a member that could cut for you. I'll cut it if you are near Northern Illinois

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    I'm in SE Nebraska, I'd also be happy to assist!
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    Re: cutting 1-1/4" steel stock

    Hi,

    Thanks for the offer. It is solid. I am located in Dearborn (metro Detroit).

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    If you've got a bandsaw that is the direction I would go. Blade? Buy a new one and a good one. We are talking about a bandsaw for metal, and not wood, right?
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    Re: cutting 1-1/4" steel stock

    band saw, with proper blade, first choice. Recip saw, blades readily available at hardware store.

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    Re: cutting 1-1/4" steel stock

    how clean of a cut do you need? and do you have a good arc or stick welder? one can burn through it with the right rod and high setting,

    you get heavy thick solid items like that and an abrasive blade the thicker the steel the harder it is to cut it, (they may make special blades that could cut it easier, I do not know) really any thing much over 1/2 thick is slow and it get hot, hot, as it cuts, and slows down in the cutting, (if one keeps turning it so the surface it is cutting is thinner it helps, cut, rotate, cut rotate, and so on),

    may be take to a shop and pay to have it cut if you do not have any other way to cut or it needs to be a good precision cut,

    a band saw or hack saw,

    I would not suggest your Ridgid miter saw for steel, most likely the saw will be damaged in some way,
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    Trick I learned from one of the guys on the blacksmithing site. He has an old bow saw that he has fitted with a broken steel cutting bandsaw blade that he uses to rough cut scrap in the field. The longer "throw" to the saw lets you cut a lot more efficiently than you would with just a small hacksaw. Lowes or Depot used to sell a small bow saw frame that came with both wood and metal blades. I've been tempted to take an old 30" bow saw I have and convert it next time the blade on the horizontal bandsaw gets replaced or breaks.
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    Re: cutting 1-1/4" steel stock

    Hmmm.... then you could hook it up to a DC motor, battery pack and solar panel for a portable power hack saw...
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    Welcome O/A will work.
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    Re: cutting 1-1/4" steel stock

    Hi,

    Is there anyone in the metro Detroit area that would cut this 1-1/4" square solid steel stock for me?

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    Re: cutting 1-1/4" steel stock

    You say you have a "compound saw", this usually refers to a compound miter saw and is for woodworking only, don't use it for heavy steel, your saw is not designed for that. The metal cutting abrasive saws are built more sturdily and run at different rpm, as do the metal cutting carbide blade saws.

    Any welder or shop with oxy acetylene could do that for you. A manual hacksaw with a good blade could cut that, although slowly.
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    Re: cutting 1-1/4" steel stock

    For 5 cuts I would buy some good 14tpi sawzall blades and cut it. You can have some one spray wd40 or some other lubricant to cool the blade or cut it dry. Cut off wheel in a grinder is another option
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    Re: cutting 1-1/4" steel stock

    zendebi, if you would tell the folks here WHAT KIND of cut, rough or precise, you need it would help.

    Generally, O/A will be a rough cut whereas a metal cutting saw like an Evolution carbide saw or a band saw would be a more precise cut. A machine shop cut probably would be even more precise.

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    Re: cutting 1-1/4" steel stock

    Maybe consider buying the HF band saw and use a 20% or a 25% off coupon . http://www.harborfreight.com/10-amp-...kit-62800.html

    Ask them if you don't like if you can return it after using it. Make five cuts and return.

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    Re: cutting 1-1/4" steel stock

    a plain old hack saw will work, it will take some time, but for 5 or so cuts, it will not take that long, just put some elbow grease in to it and get on with life,

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    Re: cutting 1-1/4" steel stock

    Quote Originally Posted by zendebi View Post
    Hi,

    Is there anyone in the metro Detroit area that would cut this 1-1/4" square solid steel stock for me?

    thanks,
    Debbie
    where did you buy the steel? cant they for a fee cut the stock the way you want it?

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