View Full Version : Need a big pipe/tube cutter...

08-16-2006, 10:58 PM
Or some advice. It's probably not recommended to cut an axle tube with a pipe cutter. But I'm willing to try.

I borrowed the one from work, it only expands to 2.5". Maybe I'll hit up the rental places tomorrow.

The question would be if there's a proper way to cut large diameter and heavy wall tube/pipe? I'd use my chop saw but it would hate it. That and I'd have to build a jig to keep anything from going wrong.

sj-x 500
08-16-2006, 11:04 PM
most use a big pipe cutter on knuckles. just cut off the weld at the inner C.

08-16-2006, 11:07 PM
I have a portable band saw but it's in the lower mainland. Try and see if you can find one of those. Mine goes through most stuff.[36]

08-16-2006, 11:08 PM
What do you think I've been doing [f]


08-16-2006, 11:09 PM
Well, I figure a pipe cutter would do it nice and straight-ish.

08-17-2006, 12:52 AM
i saw a guy cut the housing in a chopsaw , then slid a peice of DOM in side the axel tube(same size as the inside diameter of the axel)
then re weld .
i never hung around to see if he removed the DOM but as long as the axel shaft has a bit of clerance im sure it would be ok left in

08-17-2006, 06:29 PM
Well, I don't need to sleeve the bastard, I just need it cut to length. The C's are already off... (see picture)

I rented a big fucking pipe cutter today. I will try it.

08-17-2006, 07:22 PM
For the record, there is nothing easy about cutting 1/2" thick tube with a pipe cutter.

sj-x 500
08-17-2006, 08:18 PM
you just go slowly. done it a few times on 6+ inch tubing.

08-17-2006, 11:11 PM
Yeah, should have told me that earlier...

(I'd not recommended renting a 2-4" pipe cutter from Fermco in Vernon. It's got a few issues now... [32] )

I finished the job with the DeWalt angle... Was way faster. Pretty enough for white trash like me.

sj-x 500
08-17-2006, 11:27 PM
the one at homedepot looks sweet. like a chain wrench with a bunch of cutters on it.