Cutting Stainless Steel tubing
These directions will assist the user in properly cutting stainless steel tubes. Inline Design recommends using a cold saw, band saw, preferably oil fed. These saws will leave minimal burr and no heat marks. For round tubing, use 65S Stainless Steel Pipe Cutters.
Wear protective ANSI approved safety glasses, working gloves and breathing mask all the times
Tools Required - for demonstration, Inline Design is providing directions based on use of cut-off saw
- Place duct tape on the clamp of the cut-off saw and to all other areas where the tube will touch the metal in order to protect the surface from getting scratched while being cut
- Mark cutting point, clamp the tubing in place and commence the cut
- Immerse the cut end into water to cool the cut tube
- File any sharp edges evenly with a fine metal file
- Clean the tube using paper towel and some household stainless cleaner1
- To polish the cut, follow instructions for maintaining stainless steel surface
- Refer to this document for installing end caps or flush angle fittings
1 if necessary, ream/deburr the outside and inside of the tube. Be careful not to scratch the tubing while deburring, keep the deburr tool straight
A small amount of surface corrosion is not uncommon after a some exposure to weather or salty conditions. We recommend using our passivation solution or some sort of stainless polish to keep any surface corrosion from happening; more information available on our Engineering Specs Page.