Harbor freight sells reciprocating saws for very little.
Yes, not as good as a Sawzall.
Yes, will almost surely do all you ever need. $25!
If I were doing a lot, I'g get some name brand blades at the home store.
I used one of their 1/2" drillmotors under absolutely abusive conditions
(not of my making) recently and it survived amazing overloads. To give you
an idea, we had two people on a 2X4 supplying the downforce to drill 1"
holse in 1/2" plate. We drilled in about three steps and got it done!
Another possibility is a hacksaw blade in a sabre saw. My Bosch would eat
And dare I mention, a hacksaw? Should cut a tower leg in a minute or less.
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> Consider using a 500k resistor instead of a choke. What either the
> resistor or a choke will do is
> prevent devices you have on the shack end of the line from seeing the
> static charge. i.e. your
> gas tube will not be firing as often, or (in the case of control lines)
> your MOVs won't be taking
> the hit and degrading like they do. The 500k resistor in a 2-3 watt size
> can take the voltage
> seen on the line from a legal limit transmitter. Works like a champ. I
> have 6 installed on my
> coax lines with gas tubes (a home made Polyphaser !) and a bunch more on
> the MOV-protected
> control lines to the rotor.
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> Date: Sun, 01 Aug 2010 14:55:46 -0400
> From: "Roger (K8RI)" <K8RI-on-TowerTalk@tm.net>
> Subject: Re: [TowerTalk] cutting galvanized tower legs - thanks
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> On 8/1/2010 12:52 PM, Gary Slagel wrote:
>> Thanks for all the input. I think the reciprocating saw sounds good to
>> me... seems like the worst that can happen is a cut on a finger... rather
>> then a finger cut off ... shard in the eye... etc, etc. I've got a
>> brother-in-law who has a saw although I might use it as an excuse to buy
>> a new tool.
> Still the at the minimum ware safety glasses "with side shields" and
> good leather, or work gloves, not cloth, I've seen blades break and
> pieces fly even from a saws-all and the edges of the cut metal are
> usually very sharp.
> Roger (K8RI)
>> btw - not real sure why the tower folded. It had a kt34a mounted about
>> 2' above the peak. The tower was pretty old... I bought it a couple
>> years ago and I'm sure it was at least 15 years old then. And, this was
>> a freakish storm for around here. The paper was talking 60 to 70mph but
>> most people thought it was more then that. It really seemed like there
>> was kind of a micro-burst of wind that hit some areas that had to be way
>> more then 70mph. I say that cuz there were little patches that seem to
>> get blasted.... groups of a dozen trees down in the middle of a whole
>> bunch of other trees that had no problems. Here, as soon as the initial
>> blast hit I suspected I might have tower trouble... just tooo much wind
>> to think it could make it.
>> Thanks again for the good advice.
>> Gary Slagel/N0SXX
>> Hot Springs, SD
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