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Old 04-03-2012, 04:37 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Aluminum Tube Cutting

I have a tube cutter and I have been doing aluminum tubes. The thing is that I get a ton of aluminum splatter stuck inside the tube and its hard to clean up. Do any of you guys have any suggestions as to how to prevent or minimize this?

I have already sprayed some of that welding spray but it didn't really help.
Does this also happen with steel or is it easier to clean off?
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Old 04-03-2012, 06:22 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I find that if I have a ton of dross with aluminum, you need to speed it up. What wall thickness/amperage/speed are you cutting at?>
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Old 04-03-2012, 07:42 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I don't have a tube cutter,and this is just a idea what if you blew air inside the tube while it was cutting.It might blow the dross out and not stick?
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Old 04-03-2012, 07:44 PM   #4 (permalink)
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i don't have a plasma cutter but could you just have the tube down in the water? well of you have a water table. lol



sorry just read that you have a tube cutter. which means you probably can't put the tube in a water table even if you wanted to. lol. the air ideal sound pretty good.

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Old 04-03-2012, 07:57 PM   #5 (permalink)
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water table or not just take two buckets drill a hole in the side near the bottom connect them with a length of hose and fill them half way. put a pump in one and the other under the other side of the tube. it shouldnt take much water as the water that is flowing will always be directly under the plasma. only thing with this is water doesnt flow if its level and you might have to raise one side of your table ever so slightly to get it to drain.

thats my two cents, and i think its worth something, like you taking a video of cutting some tubes
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Old 04-04-2012, 09:13 AM   #6 (permalink)
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I found cutting tubes with the handheld torch when running less power I get less spatter to remove (and it's easier to remove). Maybe try running the smallest tip and lowest amperage you can?
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Old 04-05-2012, 08:57 PM   #7 (permalink)
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What about a cyl wall hone? Seems like it might make cleanup easy. Although this is assuming short lengths and small diameter pipe.
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Old 04-11-2012, 08:07 AM   #8 (permalink)
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Post some pics, sometimes looking at the issue shows more details of the problem.
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Old 04-11-2012, 08:43 AM   #9 (permalink)
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I would say the least amount of power possible, and possibly coating the inside of the tube with water or other. I've heard of people using anti spatter spray but that seems like it would be expensive and difficult to clean up afterwords.
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