Brass Handling 101: The Basics of Cutting Brass Tubing
Brass is an alloy of copper and zinc. Brass tubing is a little more expensive than other tubing materials, such as iron and steel, because it offers unique benefits. One of them is the metal’s high corrosion resistance, which makes it perfect for making plumbing fixtures. However, much like any other type of tubing, brass tubing comes in long pieces, usually too long to install without cutting.
Thankfully, though, cutting brass tubes isn’t that difficult to learn. Here are simple steps you can take to be able to cut brass tubes into precise lengths for your projects.
Step 1: Measuring
Use a measuring tape to determine the length of the area where the tubing will be installed. Then measure the same length on the tubing and mark each end to know where the cuts should be done. Be careful not to miss, as even a centimeter error can cause the tube to slip off or not fit at all.
Step 2: Securing
Once the marks have been placed, the tubing must be secured onto a friction clamp before any cutting is done. This will ensure that the tube stays in place and does not move when the cutting beings. It also helps keep everyone in the area safe and the cuts precise and clean.
Step 3: Cutting
There are two common ways to cut brass tubes. Depending on the tube’s thickness and diameter, there are a number of techniques that you can choose from. If this is your first time to cut brass tubes, expect your output to be a little rougher and uneven. If you are unbelievably good, though, you can cut them precisely even. Here are the options:
Hand Sawing – Apart from being the most intensive, this technique usually yields a rough finish. Sawing a brass tube will take a lot of time, too, which is generally why this method is only recommended for small and thin tubes. To help with accuracy, sawing guide marks or grooves on the brass tubes before officially cutting through them are made.
Tubing Cutter – There are special cutters made to specifically cut through brass tubes and other metal tubes. These are very easy to use, and make quick work of cutting through durable metal. After clamping on the brass tube to the cutter, a powerful cutting blade slices through it and the results are impressive, very fine, and even tubes.
Step 4: Filing
No matter which cutting method was used, all tubes must be filed after they are cut. This will ensure that the ends are smooth and even. This can be done using sandpaper and some elbow grease or using an electric sander. As long as the ends are smooth and sanded, either technique is good. After filing, the tubes are ready for use.
Brass Quality Impacts the Results
Where you purchase your brass tubes will make a difference. Trust companies like Rotax Metals who have been supplying clients with high-quality metal tubes and piping since 2010. They strive to be eco-friendly while maintaining the highest of standards. Everyone from any industry can turn to WINDO Metals for all their copper, brass, and bronze needs.