I used a small hacksaw and file.
Pipe cutter is for hollow metal so you'd be there awhile. Put it in a good bench vice and the only part you need protruding is the amount you wish to cut off. Use a hack saw and cut right up close to the vice. The metal in those rods has some spring tension but isn't hardened steel so it cuts very easily with a fine tooth metal cutting hack saw blade. After making the cut extend the rod out of the vice enough to allow you to use a small flat metal file to smooth the sharp edges. Rotate as you file to get the cut rounded.The long hi-hat rod on my stand is too long, and the short one that comes with it is too short, so I need to cut the longer one down a few inches but I don't know how or what to use.
I'm assuming I should wrap the rod and put it in a vice, but I don't know if I should use a hacksaw or a pipe cutter or what to do in order to smooth out the tip once it's cut (I'm guessing a metal file).
Anybody have any experience with this?
You mean like how 2 wrongs dont make a right, but 3 lefts do ??
Tama has noticed this and now make a shorter hi-hat rod that fits all of their hi-hat stands.I also wonder why do you want it shorter? And, if so many people are shortening their HH rods--hello hardware manufacturers, make a short rod version!
Dang, I was starting to tool up for a first run five years from now : (Tama has noticed this and now make a shorter hi-hat rod that fits all of their hi-hat stands.
All three of their top-end (Iron Cobra, Speed Cobra and Dyna-Sync) hi-hat stands now come with BOTH the long and shorter versions.