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35S Stainless Steel Tubing Cutter

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  • 35S Stainless Steel Tubing Cutter

    I like that RIDGID has come out with a cutter designed specifically for SS tubing. The standard cutter wheels I remember used to dull too fast on SS. I used to run a lot of 304 and 316 .065" wall SS in 1/4. 3/8, and 1/2" and the cutters did not last very long. I would go through 4 or 5 wheels a week. There was a thin wheel which held up better but they broke easy of you were not careful.

    Other brands of cutters we tried were not much better as I remember.

    What material are the rollers on this cutter made from? For some jobs CS can not even come in contact with the SS, lust like a CS wire brush should not be used when welding SS.

    I think it would be good to provide some additional photos on the product page showing some of the improvements. This would probably answer the questions I (and others) have.

    I'd also like to see an IMP version designed for SS. Many times working on control cabinets there is little room to swing a full size cutter such as the 35S.
    "It's a table saw, do you know where your fingers are?" Bob D. 2006


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    Re: 35S Stainless Steel Tubing Cutter

    Well! as you know, that cutter is handy to have in your kit when out at a job, but I wouldn't count on it for heavy workshop use, or larger jobs. Even a specific circular, or better, a band saw for metal, has to work hard cutting Stainless. All Stainless cutting must go slow, lots of cooling oil, & well maintained, sharp tools. Even a drill bit must be "set" differently for SS. Avoid trying to wear through, instead of visibly cutting. This results in almost instantaneous work hardening, which can be problematic.