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Safety switch is a CYA button. We may not need it but, Rigid's legal staff probably insisted. And, the staff at HD aren't qualified to administer IQ tests.:lol:

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So, I'm not the only one aggravated by those little switches/buttons! I have to agree with Herb and Gene, they are only needed for kids, people with IQ's somewhere around room temperature, and people who burn themselves with HOT coffee at McD's.

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2 hours ago, Dadio said:

tried the sawzall

Last time i got a couple of steel barrels and wanted to cut the heads out I used my Ridgid sawzall (used to use my B&D jigsaw) and (believe it or not) a nice new HF metal blade.   Zipped those babies right out and when i was done the only change was the paint on the saw blade was worn away from the friction.   Blade seemed sharp as new.

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Go Harbor Freight,

going to have to get some of those blades,

 

The trigger safety button on the reciprocating saw is a straight push button, the circular saw is a press down type

 

Herb

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2 hours ago, p_toad said:

Last time i got a couple of steel barrels and wanted to cut the heads out I used my Ridgid sawzall (used to use my B&D jigsaw) and (believe it or not) a nice new HF metal blade.   Zipped those babies right out and when i was done the only change was the paint on the saw blade was worn away from the friction.   Blade seemed sharp as new.

 

Use a right angle grinder on top of the rim until you see a line between the two pieces of metal that make up the lip.  The top will pop out and leave a nice smooth edge.

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4 minutes ago, HandyDan said:

 

Use a right angle grinder on top of the rim until you see a line between the two pieces of metal that make up the lip.  The top will pop out and leave a nice smooth edge.

I was always told to fill the barrel with water before I cut the top off, is that a Myth?

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Like all of you advised, to register the tools with Ridgid,

 

I did register them yesterday and got a confirmation back last night. a whole wad of paperwork to file away and hopefully never have to look for again.

It is easy to register, just takes time and a lot of numbers to type (8 items X 2 no.+ P.O.#), all 7-14 digits long. and then they make you check them twice, Whew, my one finger was numb when I got through.

 

Herb

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13 minutes ago, HandyDan said:

Use a right angle grinder on top of the rim until you see a line between the two pieces of metal that make up the lip.  The top will pop out and leave a nice smooth edge.

I would have thought about it, but there was still a small amount of oily residue in them and the saw made it smooth enough for a fire barrel without sparklies.  :lol:

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4 hours ago, Gene Howe said:

And, the staff at HD aren't qualified to administer IQ tests.:lol:

Good thing because many of them could not pass one, no less administer one.    Insert OAG Dumb Look©   here

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1 hour ago, p_toad said:

I would have thought about it, but there was still a small amount of oily residue in them and the saw made it smooth enough for a fire barrel without sparklies.  :lol:

 

Aw come on.  Where is your sense of adventure?  You are making a "burn" barrel.

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59 minutes ago, HandyDan said:

 

Aw come on.  Where is your sense of adventure?  You are making a "burn" barrel.

Mine was for flushing the OB motor. But maybe the sawblade does not cause enough sparks, I used a hammer and cold chisel. but I still filled it with water, like my Dad had taught me. He used an acetylene torch.

Herb

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Dan I agree with the using the grinder, especially if a person will working in and out of the barrel like when wife kicks me out of the house and says go sleep in the barrel... or when I built a kids thingy to crawl from one little play room to another up in the tree..but then we lost one kid and the other one didn't want to play anymore.

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