Before Cutting Pipe and Tubing
No matter the material, measure the diameter of the pipe or tube to be cut to ensure that you use the right-size tube cutter for the job.
When determining how to make a straight cut, use a tape measure and a pencil or other writing instrument to mark on the surface where you want to cut. If possible, mark around the circumference of a pipe, especially when cutting with a handsaw.
Ensure that a cut is as straight as possible by securing the pipe with a vise, clamp, miter box or even duct tape to keep the length from shifting out of place while cutting.
- Abrasive Cutting
- Band Saw Cutting
- Cold Sawing
- Laser Cutting
- Lathe Cutting
After Cutting Pipe and Tubing
Unless a cut is perfectly clean, you should expect to remove burrs from around the edge, especially after sawing.
Use a deburring tool to clean the edge after tube cutting.
You may opt to use a metal file on the cut of a metal pipe.