[TowerTalk] How do I cut aluminum pipes?
aa4lr at arrl.net
Fri Dec 28 13:32:16 EST 2007
On Dec 7, 2007, at 1:06 PM, Alex Malyava wrote:
> Is it enough to use regular hacksaw and sand the edges or there is
> fancy tool like pipe cutter used in plumbing?
Fastest way to cut aluminum tubing, if you have a machine shop, is to
use a band saw. With a proper blade, you can roll the tubing across
the table and it cuts quickly.
The second best way is to use a quality tubing cutter. Use a good one,
and you can cut a tube of any size in a couple of minutes. A poor one
will spiral down the tube.
A hacksaw will work, but it's really hard to get a clean, square cut.
After the cut, be sure to dress it with either a deburring tool, or
round file or half-round file. Don't go wild with the files, as it
will take off a lot of aluminum in short order. You're just trying to
break off the burr. A sanding sponge, or a sanding block covered with
very fine grit sandpaper can also be used to dress the outside edges
of the cut.
Bill Coleman, AA4LR, PP-ASEL Mail: aa4lr at arrl.net
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