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What is the best tool to use to cut a steel I-beam other than a cutting torch?

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Cutting the beam is going to be a small project. Just be glad it isn't stainless. Half the time, it's trying to keep the blade straight.

Having to cut galvanized pipe with an abrasive blade wasn't too bad and a circular saw would give a straighter cut. So in two passes, you have the top and bottom cut. If you lowered the blade, you might be able to get close to 2" on each side of the middle done.

Then you have the middle. A reciprocating saw would be able to do the middle. I think the portable hacksaw would too.

I jig saw even worked for galvanized, but it has clearance issues. At the time, I borrowed an angle grinder. I now have one.

The biggest use it gets is to remove the grass growing in the expansion joints of cement with a wire brush. It really helps.

What do you think of the cutting idea?

My power tool collection consists of:
A Bosch jigsaw (current model)

A Makita 3/8 cordless drill

A 1/4" metal B&D drill that's probably 50 years old.

A used Bosch demolition hammer with Clay Spade and 4"

Chisel bit. Never used. It also complaining it needs to be rebuilt. (brush warning light is on).

A very old SEARS (not Craftsman Circular saw)

Craftsman Electric Chainsaw. Needs a little work: Oiler+cord strain relief

An ersatz Craftsman table saw. Something you had to mount on a stand. Probably 45 yrs old.
(Difficult to get to and use)

I'd like the 1/2" corded Dewalt stud and Joist drill with anti-bindup for xmas.

A Dremel tool. Heard another mfr is better. Proximas?

Note - If you can cut straight, and you have a good, clean tip, use the torch. That is by far the fastest and easiest way and with a good tip there will be very little to clean up with the grinder.

Let me know,if needed further assistance.

Hope i helped you.

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