how to cut 55gal barrel?

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how to cut 55gal barrel?

Postby gary » Sat Jul 05, 2008 4:31 pm

What is the best way to cut hole in 55 gal drum?
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Postby John Galt » Sat Jul 05, 2008 5:02 pm

Hole saw or tin snips for big holes. Run the hole saw in reverse for a smooth cut.
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Postby gary » Sat Jul 05, 2008 6:33 pm

What about the entire lid..does a sawsall work best?
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Postby John Galt » Sat Jul 05, 2008 7:01 pm

Yes, to cut out the top or bottom [so you have a drain] of a barrel, a sawsall works well, or a cold chisel and hammer for a steel one if you're patient.
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Postby David » Sat Jul 05, 2008 7:50 pm

For Cutting the ends out, I use a sharpened cold Chisel.
Taking my time and being careful, I can still cut one out in well under 10 minutes and you don't have any of the dust and crap you do if you use a grinder.

If the drum has had anything flammable in it just fill it with water which stops the drum moving around and supports it as well which makes for easier cutting.
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Postby sbaker » Sat Jul 05, 2008 10:13 pm

If you have one, I found that an air nibbler works really well. I bought mine years ago, but I think it was only about $20 at harbor freight.
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Postby hheynow » Sun Jul 06, 2008 7:52 am

Yes a sawzall is the tool of choice to cut the drum in half but getting the cut started is hard even with a new blade. I found that drilling three or four small pilot holes along the cutting line aids the blade to get through the steel. Once through it's a piece of cake. I use a drum de-header (can opener on steroids) for removing the lid (after I turned it up side down so I'm removing the bottom to keep the two bungs intact). For small holes I use pilot hole then a step drill bit.
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Postby Johnh » Mon Jul 07, 2008 4:45 am

I use a large engine intake valve for taking the tops out. the edge seems to take being tapped with a hammer and it leaves a nice finish like a can opener. Hold the stem out over the edge of the drum and just tap it around
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