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The plastic-covered metal tubes used for Flexpipe structures are relatively easy to cut. Throughout the years, we’ve tested several different tools and gotten feedback from our customers and our team about the ones they most commonly used to cut the tubes.
We highly recommend drawing up a list of all the cuts that need to be made so you don’t waste a considerable amount of time and materials. With that in mind, here’s a list of 4 cutting tools we recommend, along with their respective pros and cons. You’ll also find a list of tools you should refrain from to keep your workplace safe.
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The Sawzall is a portable cutting tool as it’s cordless. This feature makes the device easier to use on existing structures.
Tip: If the piece needing to be cut is not already assembled, we highly recommend using clamps. Without proper support, you can end up making a cut in the wrong place.
You need to know that the Sawzall can be heavy, it can also be challenging to keep stable. Make sure your arms have adequate support to maneuver the device securely. Safety can be an issue due to the sparks flying from the blades. Hence safety glasses are a must. For these reasons, the Sawzall is a tool to be used if you have no other on hand.
Tube-cutters are available in varying grades of quality and whose execution speed can vary. This tool makes clean, straight cuts, and is easy to use. Given that the tube cutter is a manual hand tool, it’s less dangerous, and the risk of injury is reduced. This tool is the safest among those listed in this article.
Using this tool requires a fair bit of vigour on the employee’s part. For this reason, it’s best to have established beforehand all the cuts needed before starting the project. Not only will this save you quite a bit of time, you’ll cut only that which is necessary.
Tip: To avoid applying undue force to the tool, be sure to use a consistent circular movement. To do this, do not overtighten the screw knob when starting out. As such, there’ll be sufficient flexibility when cutting your tubes.
While the tube-cutter can be handy at times, it’s not one of the quickest. We recommend using this tool for small projects.
The portable bandsaw is an excellent tool to use on a regular basis. We suggest the smaller models as they are lighter. This ergonomic tool is suitable for existing structures. Another plus is that the bandsaw has a moderate noise level.
Contrary to the metal cutting bandsaw, the portable model can only cut one tube at a time. Also, lack of adequate support can result in crooked cuts.
The metal cutting bandsaw is ideal for projects of all sizes. It can cut up to six tubes simultaneously—which makes it the most efficient tool of this list. If you are cutting tubes daily, this tool is the best investment you can make.
The standard model is more than enough, and no blade lubricant is required when cutting Flexpipe tubes. This bandsaw is very quiet and is the least dangerous electric tool.
Tip: As these two tools complement each other very well, we recommend having both on hand for optimal efficiency.
You’ll need to establish a location for a stationary bandsaw. As such, consider using an area that is safe and easily accessible. This bandsaw, as opposed to the portable model, cannot do cuts on structures that have already been built.
Here’s a list of tools you should stay away from as there is a high risk of worker injuries when using them. Besides, these tools will not provide peak performance. Remember that regardless which one you use, wearing safety is essential.
You are now more familiar with how Flexpipe tubes are easy to cut with these 4 tools. Depending on how many cuts you’ll need to do to complete your project, you have all the necessary information to choose the tool best suited to cutting your Flexpipe tubes. Remember that fully grasping the scope of your project as well as establishing that needs to be cut before beginning the work will prevent you from wasting precious time and material.