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    Default The best way to cut tube steel at angles

    I need to know what the best way for me to cut 6 inch tube steel that is 1/4 inch thick at a 45. I have a plasma cutter and 14 inch chop saw. I would spend money if I had to. Thanks

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    Default The best way to cut tube steel at angles

    I use my band saw

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    I use a band saw. I have insert pieces that are at certain angles.

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    How many pcs. do you need to cut & how often will you be repeating the job? How accurate do they have to be?

    A higher end horizontal band saw would be good if you will be doing a lot of cutting & need accuracy.

    A plasma cutter with a slip over template/jig would work to & can be pretty accurate.
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    The best way is a band saw with a miter head, I have a Ellis that does a fantastic job.

    But like MMW said, how much and how often are you going to need to do this is the key factor.

    Typically, If your using a 14" chop saw with 1/8" thick tube and thinner and the tube is say 2" x 3" you should be fine but that's about as big as I recommend.

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    In order of the best, band saw of course, plasma cutter, torch, and dont forget the 4 inch grinder with a pipe liner in a pinch. My opinion.

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    thanks for all the replies. I think I will get band saw because I need to cut a lot and they all need to be pretty accurate.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Eduke View Post
    thanks for all the replies. I think I will get band saw because I need to cut a lot and they all need to be pretty accurate.
    Just remember you need a much bigger bandsaw to cut a 45 than to cut a 90!!

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    Depends on what the purpose is... you should be able to have pieces cut locally way cheaper than buying a saw (unless you really want the saw)...

    A template, a plasma cutter and a grinder can get you very close.

    I've been cutting some 6" sch40 with my Plasma and it's pretty clean... depends on your needs, for welding or finished cut
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