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Old 07-28-2009, 05:19 PM   #1
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Best way to trim a sight glass tube?
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Old 07-28-2009, 05:22 PM   #2
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Glass or polycarbonate?

Polycarbonate cuts easily with just about any saw. Power chop or miter saw is nice and clean but support it from underneath and behind with scrap wood. Wear eye protection. You can also use a hacksaw. Clean it up with sandpaper.
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Old 07-28-2009, 05:29 PM   #3
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How many teeth minimum on the blade for chop saw
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Old 07-28-2009, 05:34 PM   #4
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Polycarbonate ones from Bargain Fittings.

Thanks I have some real fine tooth saws that will work great. that is what I was thinking but wanted some experienced info first.
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Old 07-28-2009, 06:28 PM   #5
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Just in case anyone with glass/borosilicate sight tubes reads this, a tile saw will cut them but you should really have some kind of diamond abrasive tool to clean up the edges.

 
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Old 07-28-2009, 06:43 PM   #6
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I used a regular copper pipe cutter on mine from Bargain Fittings. Worked great.

 
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Old 07-28-2009, 06:53 PM   #7
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tubing cutter worked well for me

 
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Dremel cut off wheel -

 
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Old 07-28-2009, 07:19 PM   #9
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Copper tubing cutter cleaned up with a dremel cut off and polishing wheel. I think mine is made of plexi though.
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Acrylic would be a touch more brittle than polycarbonate so finer tooth the better. I can cut poly with a crappy old combo blade that came on my Ryobi miter saw and it barely requires any cleanup. Don't go super slow or you'll melt.

Copper tubing cutter is another good idea.
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