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Radial Arm Flamecutter
I recently discovered FARM SHOW and think it's a fascinating publication. Many ingenious and sophisticated projects come out of farm shops and it's good to see attention drawn to them. You might be interested in telling readers about a radial-arm flamecutter I built in my shop a few years back. Most anyone with metalworking experience can build one and the cost is low since most all the materials needed to build it can be found in a typical farm's scrap pile. Most important, it works as well as any commercially available machine. Any existing cutting torch can be used with the cutter to make ruler-straight cuts in steel plate or to cut perfect circles or arcs to precise tolerances. The unit bons to any existing welding table or bench and makes linear cuts up to 36 in. long and circular cuts up to 36 in. dia., handing material up to 8 in. thick. Torch can be angled for beveled cuts.
My project went so well I put together a booklet detailing construction and have been selling it through the classified ads in national magazines. My booklet contains 38 photos, 10 diagrams, 2 pages of detailed plans, and complete stop-by-step instructions. Sells for $9.70 ( ,hipping included). (Richard B. Walker, W !kerPublications, P.O. Box 17924, Irvine, Calif. 92713)

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1992 - Volume #16, Issue #2