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Bandsaw Blades to Cut Thin Wall Tubing
  • Cutting Thin Wall Tube

Tubes versus Pipes

The terms tubes and pipes are often used interchangeably, but in the manufacturing industry, they are distinct. Tubes are usually used as a structural element whereas pipes are more often used to transport liquids.

As such, careful consideration must be taken towards a tube’s wall thickness and exact diameter to ensure it has enough strength and hardness for support.

Due to these considerations, tubing is often made out of materials such as steel, aluminium, copper and other metals.

That’s why machines are a perfect fit to cut them into usable products. In particular, one may often see manufacturers uses bandsaw blades to cut thin wall tubing.

The Right Bandsaw Blade to Cut Thin Wall Tubing

But how does someone choose the right blade for the job? One of the first considerations that must be made is the blade pitch or teeth per inch.

Great care must be taken when cutting hollow workpieces such as tubing. This is because of the friction and vibrations that may be caused when the blade comes into contact with the piece.

That’s why we recommend a variable pitch blade which varies the spacing of the blade teeth. We’d also suggest at least 3 teeth are kept on the workpiece at all times.

Coolants can also help keep the blade at a stable temperature when working with metal. All these recommendations help to reduce damage to both the blade and the piece.

Of course, different metals require different types of blades. It is common, however, to use bimetal bandsaw blades to cut any type of thin wall tubing. This is due to their tooth toughness and abrasion resistance. For any plastics or soft metals we’d suggest using an M42 Blade while for higher grade pieces, an M51 Blade.

So then, if you need to cut some tubing, then make sure to visit SawBlade where we manufacture blades within the first 24 hours to your specifications. Don’t be afraid to ask our helpful customer service for any advice if you are ever unsure about what you need.

5 Easy Steps to Build Your Own Sawblade

2. Great job, now select the Width

3. Select the Length (mm) (Round up to the Closest Increment)(Round up to the Closest Increment)

3. Now Enter the Exact Length in (mm) (Made to your Order)

Length is not correct, changed to maximum allow length.

4. Select the TPI (Teeth Per Inch)

The number of teeth per inch (TPI) defines the pitch of the blade and can vary from 1 to 32 tpi.

On some blades there are different pitches on the same blade. You must select the correct tpi for the thickness of material you are cutting. If the corrrect tpi is not chosen the blade life will be dramatically shortened.

The general rule of thumb is: For wood and soft materials aim ffor 3-6 teeth in the work piece.

The number of teeth per inch (TPI) defines the pitch of the blade.

On some blades there are different pitches on the same blade. You must select the correct tpi for the thickness of material you are cutting. If the corrrect tpi is not chosen the blade life will be dramatically shortened.

Please use the following guide to select the correct tooth selection.









5. Select the Quantity of Blades

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