cutting 55 gal drums

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  1. sunshine estate

    sunshine estate Well-Known Member

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    What would you recomend to cut plastic (food safe type) 55 gal drums in half? I have carpal tunnel so any sort of hand saw is out of the question.

    I'm thinking a scroll saw; if you think it would work, what type of blade would be best?

    Thanks...
     
  2. diehard47

    diehard47 Well-Known Member

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    I cut plastic barrel once by using skill saw with blade on backward.
     

  3. sunshine estate

    sunshine estate Well-Known Member

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    Uhhh...my first reaction was "What were you on when you did this?" and then I thought maybe the friction might have melted it as you went along?
     
  4. agmantoo

    agmantoo agmantoo Supporter

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    I use my circular hand saw with a fine tooth blade. Works fine.
     
  5. ace admirer

    ace admirer Well-Known Member Supporter

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    wood blade in recipicating saw (sawsall etc) i have cut them with a chain saw, don't recomend that
     
  6. seedspreader

    seedspreader AFKA ZealYouthGuy

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    I cut mine with a skill saw with the blade on the right way. Worked great.
     
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    rambler Well-Known Member Supporter

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    Recipricating saw, any blade, works real well. Metal blade will cut slow but smoother, course wood blade will make a rougher, faster cut.

    Jig/ scroll saw will work fine too, might be a little slower.

    --->Paul
     
  8. sunshine estate

    sunshine estate Well-Known Member

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    Thank you...yes, I'd like a smooth cut, I'm glad you mentioned that...I've had some rough edges on plastic drums cut by other people end up scratching my arms to the point of drawing blood...
     
  9. shadowwalker

    shadowwalker Well-Known Member

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    After you cut the barrel, you can use a hand file to get the burrs off the plastic barrel.
     
  10. neal68

    neal68 Well-Known Member

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    i cut mine with a jig saw and a metal cutting blade and it worked perfect
     
  11. longrider

    longrider Southern Gent

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    we used a jig saw with a big toothed plywood blade.
     
  12. Hee Haw

    Hee Haw Well-Known Member

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    I used a jig saw also, worked fine, with good smooth cut.
     
  13. ace admirer

    ace admirer Well-Known Member Supporter

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    You might be able to flame burnish the cut edjes with a propane torch. it will smooth and round over the corners.