Cutting old water heater tank

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  1. thegriffiths

    thegriffiths Well-Known Member

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    I have never had any experience doing anything like this, but I have some metal water heater tanks that I want to cut and make into various farm items.

    What options will work to cut them? Preferably cheap.

    Thanks.
     
  2. BobK

    BobK Well-Known Member

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    A cutting torch works fine. I use half-water heater tanks for waterers and feed troughs. If your watering (or feeding) pigs weld some cross members on the half-tank...otherwise the 'big' pig will lay in it every time...strip the outside metal and insulation before cutting...
     

  3. morrowsmowers

    morrowsmowers Well-Known Member

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    The sawzall also works great for something like this!

    Ken & Sue in Glassboro, NJ
     
  4. momanto

    momanto SW FLORIDA HAPPYLAND

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    Since Their Core Is An Iron Tank I Have Heard It Is Possible To Make An Iron -wood Fired Heater Out Of Them. I Saved One From Our Little House. I Had The Top Cut Off With A Cutting Torch And I Plannedto Use It In The Back Of The Truck As A Herbicide Applicator....gravity Flow From A Garden Hose......but In The Meantime Some Wonderful 250 Gal. Heavy Vinyl Tanks Came My Way.
     
  5. travis91

    travis91 Formerly 4animals.

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    you know i bet if you cut one in half length wise in a certian way would make a decent grader for sand ect.
     
  6. thegriffiths

    thegriffiths Well-Known Member

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    A sawzall would be able to cut one? Seems like awful strong metal for a sawzall. I have one of those...wish I had a cutting torch.
     
  7. Beeman

    Beeman Well-Known Member

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    Sawzall with a good blade is definetly the way to go! I've cut them using a torch and won't do that again. Tanks are galvanized and the coating makes bad things to breath and makes cutting harder with a torch. Plasma cutter might do well if you just happen to have one, but for my money a sawzall is the trick.