Best method - cutting out a baffle?

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  1. RSnodgrass

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    Any of you acrylic peeps have a suggestion of how best to cut out a baffle... or at least partially.

    It's not a supportive element but I may leave a strip for mounting items on it. Ultimately removing to free up space and there's too much flow in my sump for a baffle to do any good beyond water height control.

    Dremel, Sawzall, score it or cut it all the way through?
     
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    How thick of material? I've cut with a table saw and scored/snapped before. Dremel leaves a nice edge.
     
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    Could you router it out?
     
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    1/4", table saw won't work this is in my current sump.
     
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    That could work... I don't have one but if I got a Dremel attachment I'd be able to fit possibly.
     
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    Are you able to remove the sump from under the stand? It will get messy using any rotary tool to cut out the baffle.

    I would recommend using a Roto-Zip power tool with the acrylic/glass cutting bit. There is an up-cut direction to the bit that will allow the chip out to be removed from the cutting path. If you use a router bit that has a straight flute, the chips will pile up in the cutting path and possibly fuse back together. I'm not looking at the manual, but you'll want to match the bit with the appropriate rpm on the tool for the cleanest cut. A bit moving too slow/fast can result in chipping or cracking the material.
    If you cannot find a Roto-Zip, a small trim router or the dremel with a router base will work; but find a bit with an up-cut.
     
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    Or find someone with a hand-held plasma cutter!!! That could be fun!!!
    And I'd want to see video of that!

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    Are you able to take it out? I have a router if you need some help, or a dremel or a ton of other tools as well. Let me know
     
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    Depends how clean you want it to look.
    I would want it to look clean, and like it was designed as such. Nothing rough cut for my hands to get caught on, or for my eyes to see as ugly.

    I would Drain the sump, router out and flame it soft.
     
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    I may need to take you up on this, it's not a rush deal if you're ever this way. I probably should take some measurements to make sure the router would fit.
     
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    Like everything out here, not that far away, lol. I can get the measurements of my router when I get home.
     
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    Dremel with a plastic cutting wheel. I do it all the time. Depending on how fast you go, you may get some re-melt, but even if you do, just go back and go over the spot again and it comes right out.

    The nice things about the plastic wheel I've found is that you will end up with what looks like a mess on the edges, but they snap right off nice and clean with little effort.
     
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