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Great answer to manifold mounted CATs

Manifold mounted CAT
Easy answer to removing manifold mounted CATs
I was recently in a yard watching manifold mounted CATs being removed by spanners and I thought to myself there must be a better way.

Strangely enough, the following week I had a call from one of our leading auto recyclers, Terry Charlton who told me the answer is a reciprocating saw. “What, for cast manifolds?” I asked suspiciously. Oh yes, the answer is in the blade!

Turns out that Terry, who has regularly visited the States for many years to pick up tips and ideas to make the job better and more profitable, discovered some Cobalt hardened blades over there. He tells me that until recently he used to bring them back by the suitcase full. Now they are available here through P J Wiseman Ltd who are the UK agent for the manufacturer, MK Morse.

Terry tells me that it’s not just CATs that these blades are great for, he also uses them on bodywork and even drive-shafts when required. “These are not like any other blade you will have tried. If you have a reasonable quality reciprocating saw then give them a try. I always use the shortest blade I can but I buy three different lengths, 6”, 8” and 12”", Terry said.

By using a reciprocating saw you gain easier and closer access to the cat and you can use either cordless or 110volt equipment. Usual warning though, don’t use a reciprocating saw where there is any risk from fuel as there is always a risk of spark from this mode of cutting.

Terry reckons a reasonable saw is anywhere between £100-£500 but you tend to get what you pay for. As he makes such extensive use of this type of tool, he is currently looking to purchase a top end Hilti machine next.

The company selling these Cobalt blades in the UK is P J Wiseman Ltd who you can contact on 01535 634280. You can find out more about these blade at the MK Morse website.

August 2013

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