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Salvage Cutting Service from Catfish Diving and Salvage Company

Exothermic Salvage Cutting and Hydraulic Salvage Cutting consists of 3 basic types:

  1. Light cutting of cable, chain, rope, wire using normal hacksaws, bolt cutters, etc.
  2. Cutting of wood, pilings, bulkheads, and timbers using a Stanley CS-11 hydraulic chainsaw with 18 hp hydraulic power-pack
  3. Cutting of steel, brass, stainless, concrete using a Broco BR-22 Exothermic cutting torch. Two oxygen cylinders and 200 rods are kept on hand at all times for emergencies.

Wood pilings, logs, timbers, bulkheads, etc. are most economically cut using a hydraulic chainsaw. I use a Stanley CS-11 underwater saw powered by an 18 hp hydraulic power pack.

All other materials including brass, stainless steel, and concrete, are cut with a Broco BR-22 Exothermic torch. This process uses a special consumable rod and Oxygen at 100 psi plus to produce 10,000 degrees of heat at rod end to cut almost anything. Two oxygen cylinders and 200 rods are on hand at all times for emergency jobs.

Some past jobs with the Broco include cutting RR track in Pamlico River for new dock hazard reduction; cutting 18” H beams at mudline at the new Green Street Bridge in Greenville, NC; removing damaged propeller shafting in Pungo River; and cutting off rusted ¾” bolts to release a 48” farmland drainage pump in the Alligator River.

Please scroll down the web page to view photos of some of our work...


48" agricultural dewatering pump.  Bolts cutoff above and below water to release the pump.
- Columbia, NC


48" agricultural dewatering pump.  Bolts cutoff below water to release the pump.
- Engelhard, NC, eight miles off the highway


Emergency salvage cut on rotor to allow the continued operation until dry-dock possible.
- PCS tugboat at PCS Harbor


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