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Old 05-03-2010, 05:02 AM
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Default Cutting Gibraltar Tubes

This may be a dumb question, but amy of you guys know a good way to cut Gibraltar tubes? I have an old V shaped bar i need to cut for a side wing.
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Old 05-03-2010, 05:24 AM
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Default Re: Cutting Gibraltar Tubes

An electric chop saw for metal would be the best way if you want a straight cut.
If you have an electric miter saw you can buy a metal cutting blade for it.
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Old 05-03-2010, 05:32 AM
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A hacksaw will do it. A reciprocating saw with a metal blade will also work but I'm betting you don't own power saws or you'd already know.
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Old 05-03-2010, 05:37 AM
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Default Re: Cutting Gibraltar Tubes

LOL. Thanks, Larryace. I do own power tools. I just wasnt sure if the Tubes were strong enough to handle the fast saw blade. Thanks guys. I"ll use the hacksaw.
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Old 05-03-2010, 05:38 AM
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A pipe cutter will do the job as well.......gives a nice clean cut with no burrs to remove. But the cheapest option is indeed your trusty hacksaw.
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Old 05-03-2010, 05:43 AM
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Default Re: Cutting Gibraltar Tubes

Actually, the reason I am asking is because I went to get a pipe cutter and the guy at the store said it wouldn't work. But, a hacksaw sounds like the answer. I assume steel wool would get it a clean cut with no burs?
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Old 05-03-2010, 05:45 AM
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LOL. Thanks, Larryace. I do own power tools. I just wasnt sure if the Tubes were strong enough to handle the fast saw blade. Thanks guys. I"ll use the hacksaw.
A pipecutter would be your best cut. I disagree with the store guy. I cut steel conduit with pipecutters all the time. The edges may need filing, steel wool is too wimpy.
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Old 05-03-2010, 06:09 AM
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Default Re: Cutting Gibraltar Tubes

Agree with Larry. A pipe cutter will give you the cleanest, straightest cut on just about any kind of aluminum or steel tubing. Second choice would be a Sawzall. Third would be a hand hacksaw. The electric reciprocating saw is easier to get a straight cut with.

In any event, you need to deburr the edges. There are specialised tools for this with pipes that aren't that expensive, or a round file. If you hacksaw it, try to get the end straight and flat with a file or beltsander before doing the deburring.

Remember, the finger you cut on a burr may be your own.
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Old 05-03-2010, 07:01 AM
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Default Re: Cutting Gibraltar Tubes

Gibraltar sells a pipe cutter specifically for cutting their rack tubes.

Just google "Gibraltar - sc-pcut"

Although it looks just like a standard pipe cutter.
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Old 05-03-2010, 06:18 PM
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Default Re: Cutting Gibraltar Tubes

I would go for the pipe cutter too. It seems like I knew someone a long time ago that did this without any issues.

If you go the saw route, the best way to get a perfectly straight line around the pipe is to wrap a piece of paper around it, then mark the edge with a Sharpie. Cut your mark and you're good to go. Definitely file/deburr the edges though.
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Old 05-03-2010, 07:14 PM
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Default Re: Cutting Gibraltar Tubes

wow. great replies, guys. Thank you very much. That's a good idea, DrumeatDrum, I think it was you, I'll google the Gibraltar official cutter....
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