Our company typically cuts, saws, drills, and removes concrete and asphalt. Wire sawing a fire truck in half was a new one. But for “Sliced,” the new documentary series that reveals how objects work by cutting them in two, it had to be done.
Ronnie Wills, company president, explains how they met this challenge. “Cutting fire engine in half had never been attempted. Our first and foremost priority was having a good safety plan. We had to make sure all the fuel and fluids had been drained prior to cutting, and then we had a few other issues to solve. There were different types and thicknesses of metal, a lot of corners and very few smooth edges. (We had to determine if we were going to push the wire or pull the wire, to determine how we would set our pulleys.) The last hurdle we faced was figuring out how to keep the truck together from falling apart or falling in and closing up on the wire saw. We solved this with ratchet straps to keep the truck together, and metal wedges to keep the wire free.”