Tip Sheet - 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.
For demonstration purposes, Inline Design is providing directions based on the use of the cut-off saw.
Caution: Wear protective ANSI-approved safety glasses, work gloves, and masks all the time.
- Cut-off saw
- Duct tape
- Abrasive disk/blade
- Paper towel
- Disk sander
- Inner/outer reamer tool*
- Place duct tape on the clamp of the cut-off saw and to all other areas where the tube will touch the metal 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 a paper towel and some household cleaner
- Note: 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
- To polish the cut, follow instructions for maintaining stainless steel surface
NOTE: A small amount of surface corrosion is not uncommon after exposure to weather or salty conditions. We recommend using our passivation solution to prevent any surface corrosion from happening; more information is available on our Engineering Specifications Page.