Apply a small amount of cutting oil to the surface of the aluminum pipe where the cut will be made. If you are using a hacksaw, go to Step 2; if you are using a pipe cutter, go to Step 4.
Place the hacksaw blade horizontally on the pipe. Begin your cut by drawing the blade towards you to establish your first guide cut.
Subsequent cuts are forward and back.
Apply cutting oil to the aluminum pipe where you are cutting. Apply more oil as you cut if cutting becomes difficult.
Close the jaws of the pipe cutter on the aluminum pipe. Using the handle turn the pipe cutter forward towards the open jaws for two full revolutions creating a ridge line.
Tighten the jaws and make more revolutions. Continue to tighten the jaws and apply oil as needed.
Remove burrs that may be on the interior or exterior of the pipe. Use your pocket knife or round file to eliminate burrs.
Things You Will Need
- Hacksaw (18-32 teeth per inch), or
- Tubing cutter
- Sharp knife, or
- Round file
- Cutting oil
- Use cutting oil to preserve your cutting tools.
- Slow down the cutting process towards the end to avoid crushing the aluminum pipe.
- Always deburr the cuts.