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    Default breakfast beams

    some zen before moving , holy cow these are massive, beams. w36 x 268.win_20190419_200534.jpgwin_20190419_175627.jpgwin_20190419_180022.jpgwin_20190419_180446.jpgwin_20190419_180503.jpg

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    "breakfast beam"? That's a phrase I've never heard before, does it mean something?

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    big beams come in 2 sizes, sidewalk (27xanything), and breakfast beams- Wheaties. These are really 36 282's but drill (aka Tinks) needs to be told 268 lb/ft so it falls within conveyor capacity.

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    I'm trying to imagine working with a beam that's almost 300lbs/foot...

    And failing! No point in steel-toed shoes, anything under that is a goner if it falls.

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    Those were 61 ft stock, which is like 3 tons higher than I can count. If one fell, it would be catastrophic all around; If I failed on one, it would be catastrophic too. Took more brain working than I initially gave them respect for, which is what makes metal fun somedays.

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    Oh to be young again....Big beams are fun,just measure more than twice when cutting. Welded wide range beams are much larger. I remember pushing over a bridge beam we were making into a logging bridge. We put six inch square dunnage on the floor to catch the fall and pushed it over with an old Blu-Chip forklift. The flange cut the 6x6 pieces pinching them to nothing.

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    Man, I wonder what one of those Voortman beam lines costs.
    Does that one plasma cut, too, or just drill?

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    The voortman is plasma, cost almost a whole lot. The drill is Controlled Automation drill with a HeM post saw, cost a bit less. Honestly, the drill is more fun- highly operator dependent, and can outrun the voortman 3 to 1 speed and accuracy. You do not get to sit and watch youtube however.

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    We used to have a prestressed concrete beam shop nearby and I would
    stop by and buy mafia blocks from them (they made the cleanest ones around)

    In the back yard was the "mistakes" and I was standing next to a beam 6' high
    and 2' wide and 100' long.

    solid concrete.

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