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    I need to cut some thin-wall aluminum tubes. I know a reciprocating saw could easily cut this but I want to make sure the end is square.

    I don't have a chop saw but I do have a miter saw. Can I put an chop blade on my miter saw to cut these tubes square or will it ruin the saw or the tube?

  • #2
    Re: Will this work?

    i have used a junk blade mounted bakwards before, it works ok not great and i would not do it very often, it might be better to make up a jig and use the sawzall.
    9/11/01, never forget.

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    • #3
      Re: Will this work?

      Do you have some sort of belt sander or something that will work on the metal? Then just cut it with the sawzall and then push it against the sander to make it square.

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      • #4
        Re: Will this work?

        Also... what size are these tubes? Can you just use a tube cutter on them like you would with copper supply tubes?

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        • #5
          Re: Will this work?

          Yeah I occasionaly need to cut aluminum for various reasons. A miter saw will cut it just fine with any carbide blade. If you want to be nicer to your blades they do sell blades specificaly for cutting non-ferous metals. Then cutting brass is a breaze too.

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          • #6
            Re: Will this work?

            I have used a MS with a carbide blade to cut 1/4" 6061-T6 Al without problem. Just feed it slow and make sure your tube is clamped down. When cutting hollow shapes like round or square tube be careful of your feed rate, not too fast. Above all wear eye protection. I usually setup my shop-vac with a nozzle clamped in position to capture as much of the chips as possible. This helps keep the mess down. Those small metal filings get in your boot treads and you don't want to track them into the house or elsewhere. A few months from now you or someone else will find one with your bare feet!
            "When we build let us think we build forever. Let it not be for present delight nor for present use alone. Let it be such work that our descendants will thank us for, and let us think, as we lay stone upon stone, that a time is to come when these stones will be held sacred because our hands have touched them, and that men will say, as they look upon the labor and wrought substance of them, "See! This our fathers did for us."
            John Ruskin (1819 - 1900)

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            • #7
              Re: Will this work?

              Thanks to you all for your answers and suggestions. I didn't think about the pipe cutter - I think I have one big enough to do the job. If not, I'll try one of the other suggestions.

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