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#16 toomanytoys84 OFFLINE  

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Posted November 27, 2013 - 12:29 PM

That is a good point. I have a Chop Saw and while it works and is fast. It is a loud Spark throwing firebreathing dragon and overall a very messy tool to work with and all cuts are burned.  A metal cutting bandsaw while it take up a little more space is a much quieter more pleasant machine that gives a much cleaner cut(no nasty blued steel burs needing ground off). In case you have not guessed I would replace the chop saw with a bandsaw in a heartbeat!!

 

We use chop saws mainly in all of our fab work.  They don't do terrible in my opinion but they aren't perfect. 

 

I do have a buddy with a full machine shop too, so I could possibly measure it all up and just have him shear everything for me.

 

I could also have him cut make me a once piece diamond plate floor....oh man we are getting expensive now.

 

I'm going to see what I can find.  I've found some plans for metal and wood.  Basically the same plans with different materials. 

 

I can get 20' sticks of 3" channel for under 45 dollars a piece. 


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Posted November 28, 2013 - 09:33 PM

I put the first wooden flatbed on my pickup over 20 years ago. It has the second one on it now, and it is pretty much rotted out. I also put one on one of my trailers. I used 6/4 poplar dried in my own kiln on the previous beds I built.

 

I am getting ready to replace both of them soon. I don't have a kiln anymore and I do have a lot of pressure treated 2x6's and 2x8's so I will use that this time.

 

Here's some pics of my pickup and trailer.

 

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Posted November 29, 2013 - 12:14 AM

I put the first wooden flatbed on my pickup over 20 years ago. It has the second one on it now, and it is pretty much rotted out. I also put one on one of my trailers. I used 6/4 poplar dried in my own kiln on the previous beds I built.

 

I am getting ready to replace both of them soon. I don't have a kiln anymore and I do have a lot of pressure treated 2x6's and 2x8's so I will use that this time.

 

Here's some pics of my pickup and trailer.

 

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I worked for TWAMCO trailers just before I got married.  They built HD trailers for moving construction equipment, etc.  They used Cottonwood (a type of poplar) for the decks.  I used to have to lay in the decks... the wood was in a big, jumbled pile in the yard, and many pieces were warped enough to make a bow for Robin Hood.  It was tough wood, though--real stringy. 

 

I also remember cutting down a cotton wood for firewood when I lived in Idaho... had a deuce of a time trying to split it!!!

 

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Posted November 29, 2013 - 05:37 PM

Depending on what you would use it for I think would determine wood vs metal. I have seen some really nice wood ones. If you have access to some good metal reasonable I would go that route. On using the chop saw to get a good true cut let the saw cut a little raise it up & then cut some more. I have seen people cut too fast causing the blade to slow down too much then it wonders giving a crooked cut. Keep us posted.



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Posted November 29, 2013 - 07:03 PM

Thanks man that gave me something to chew on




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