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Stainless steel Water Bottles

Posted: Thu Nov 08, 2012 9:42 pm
by zelph
At a Salvation Army thrift store I got three SS large mouth water bottles for $2.89 tax incl. All were extreme good condition.

Wish there was an easy way to cut the tops off. Any good ideas out there. Last time I used an abrasive blade on my table saw, not the best way :roll:


http://www.toolstop.co.uk/ridgid-65s-31 ... ter-p13784




Re: Stainless steel Water Bottles

Posted: Fri Nov 09, 2012 12:30 am
by Ridgerunner
Also a cutoff wheel on a dremel or rotozip will do the job. ;)

Re: Stainless steel Water Bottles

Posted: Fri Nov 09, 2012 12:40 pm
by zelph
Ridgerunner wrote:Also a cutoff wheel on a dremel or rotozip will do the job. ;)
I will try that next. I'm always looking for fast and easy ;)

My Simmeron Stove needs to have a stainless steel top.

Re: Stainless steel Water Bottles

Posted: Fri Nov 09, 2012 8:27 pm
by Ridgerunner
When it comes to stainless, nothing is fast and easy.

Re: Stainless steel Water Bottles

Posted: Fri Nov 09, 2012 11:24 pm
by zelph
I talked with a sales associate at sears today to get his opinion of the best tool to use. He recomended an abrasive wheel on a chop saw. A steel cutting chop saw, not the kind we often see used for wood.

Re: Stainless steel Water Bottles

Posted: Sat Nov 10, 2012 2:55 pm
by realityguy
You can use a wood one if you can find a blade to fit it.They do sell a pretty cheap chop box for metal at harbor freight http://www.harborfreight.com/2-hp-14-in ... 1b2166c2c0 ..Should work fine. Watch for 20% off sale coupons.. ;)

You might be able to buy one of their 12" abrasive blades(if they don't have a 10")..chuck it into a drill press with a bolt,washers,and nut and grind the edge(with a piece of metal) down to 10" for your wood miter box.. :roll:Your plastic guard may eat some hot sparks on the wood box..

Re: Stainless steel Water Bottles

Posted: Sat Nov 10, 2012 5:36 pm
by zelph
Sears wants 200 for that type of chop saw. No comparison between Harbor freight and sears :o Depends on how long you want it to last.

Yeah, 20% off sounds better :D

Re: Stainless steel Water Bottles

Posted: Sat Nov 10, 2012 9:21 pm
by realityguy
I'm figurin' your age,it's quality,your use,etc..or the equivalent of my use also. :lol: .I wouldn't use it enough to warrant owning one..Why I suggested just revamping a blade for the cut or two for your miter box.
If it was me,I'd use a worm drive with an abrasive blade..I told you I have a couple in small circular saw tables.. ;) 7-1/4" circular saw size abrasive blades can be as cheap as $2..and everybody has a 7-1/4" saw... :roll:
I'd setup a fence and a 90 degree stop that you could just roll the bottle against over the blade barely sticking up..If you don't have a saw table,screw the saw upside down to a piece of plywood with the blade plunging through 1/4-1/2"...and screw a fence to it,like a regular saw table.As long as you push the back end of the bottle against an inside corner and cut the other end off(free hanging)..it shouldn't go anywhere and cut clean.You can always use the side of the blade as a grinder for cleaning the cut.
In all my life in construction,I've never had to own one of those..but have cut everything up to 4" cast iron or steel pipe,stainless handrails,etc..To me it' s an unnecessary tool.

Re: Stainless steel Water Bottles

Posted: Sun Nov 11, 2012 12:22 pm
by zelph
I've used my table saw with an abrasive blade and all is well. I'm always looking for an easier way.......like "laser" :lol: I imagine laser to be quiet and no dust :geek:

I had to frequently check for smouldering sawdust :roll:

That photo of the pipe cutter is interesting. Quiet and no dust :ugeek:

Re: Stainless steel Water Bottles

Posted: Sun Nov 11, 2012 2:01 pm
by realityguy
I think you'll find one that cuts 4"(thermos?) will be pretty pricey.. :o