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What do you use!

So I am going out this afternoon to buy my brand spanking new Millermatic 211. And as I was making room in the shop for it last night i realized that I don't have anyway to actually cut the metal I plan to use for my bumper's other then my grinder. So like the title says what do you guys use for cutting metal. Post pics.
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plasma cutter bro invest in one lol
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You can get cutting wheels for your grinder. It'll be very tedious work but it does the job in a pinch. Or like the previous poster mentioned, a plasma cutter if you've got the voltage and air supply in your shop. A cutting torch works fine as well but you usually have quite a bit of cleanup to do with a grinder before you can weld anything together, otherwise you may get a lot of porosity in your welds.


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plasma cutter here. don't use it all that often, but nice to have when i need it.
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Angle grinder is what I use...ugh!
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I just got home from picking up the new welder. I asked about a plasma cutter and they are asking between 1700 and 2500 for one that will cut 3/8
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Yep. That sounds about right. You can get an Oxy Torch for around $300 for the entire setup. You'll just need to actually do a lot of grinder to clean up the edges.
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Ya I would like to stay away from the cutting torches and cutting wheels. It is a pain in the *** clean the shop up after them.
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Since I have enough connections, I don't have many fab tools in my own shop for heavy stock, but for small welded parts, I have my brother-in-law cut them on the mill. For large parts, I have them plasma cut or sheared at a shop. They have a shear that will do 1/8" stock. For things I need to modify at the shop, I use a large die grinder with a cutoff wheel.
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I used to use a horizontal bandsaw alot at my dads old shop. It works really good except for sheets and such because it only went about 16" wide.
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My Plasma will cut 5/8 clean cut.

I run a Miller 212 welder. Sounds like you got a good one.
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