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Drive Train: How to cut the shaft...

After reading several of the drive-train-remodel discussions, I've decided to go straightaway to cutting the s. s. shaft and then remove the coupling, etc., and just get on with the entire "remodel" process. But no one has discussed details of how to cut. I have only 1/3 inch of access between the coupler and stuffing box, and it is all getting done just under a gas tank -- so which tool, blade, safety gear, anything?, suggestions? I assume I will have sparks and wobble and other terrifying things happening, and I especially want it to be over fast! Thanks; I like to plan ahead!
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The stainless shaft will be very hard to cut. Is it really necessary to destroy it?
I used a cheap cordless "sawsall" with a good bimetal blade and cut the old coupling off. I cut from both sides lengthwise. I just cut until I got close to the shaft and split it the rest of the way with a big screwdriver
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A grinder with a metal cut-off disc would work great. You can get an El Cheapo at harbor freight for well under 20 bucks. 4 or 4 1/2 inch model
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