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Old    bambamski            06-01-2005, 2:17 PM Reply   
I'm pretty bored at work today.

I found some lead blocks the other day for 35 cents a pound. The trouble is they are a little too big. I'd say about a foot long by six inches wide by four to five inches high. 75-100 pounds per block which is a little to heavy to be picking up and moving around in the boat. Is there anyway to cut these in half?? I don't really want the hastle of melting them. It would be perfect if I could slice them in half though.
Old     (jklein)      Join Date: May 2001       06-01-2005, 2:19 PM Reply   
Hack saw?
Old    robertt            06-01-2005, 3:48 PM Reply   
You want to use a band saw.

Here is what you do, dont even screw around with trying to rent anything...just go to the nearest commercial construction site with a case of beer at 3:15 in the afternoon. Ask for the plumbers or pipefitters, either of which will have the tools to cut it cleanly....and will even probably smooth it for you with a grinder.

If you dont want to do that, the same case of beer will certainly work at any rental yard as well..

You want it fairly smooth without alot of dust, and a bandsaw will work perfectly for that. It doesnt need to be a stationary unit...ask for a "Porta-Band"

Hope that helps.
Old    ag4ever            06-01-2005, 5:59 PM Reply   
Nope, not a band saw. They just gum up with the soft material.

I just got off a job where we installed over 2250 TONS of lead as lead shielding for radiation.

The installers always used a chop saw to cut the bricks. I asked why they did not use a band saw, and they said they would have to keep cleaning the blade, and it would just take too long. A chop saw with a standard wood blade will cut right through the brick. I think the blade should be installed backwards for a smoother cut.

There will be some small shavings that come off the bricks, and they are a bio hazard, and should be disposed of accordingly or melted down to make an extra brick (I know you don't want to melt lead).


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