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Tips on Choosing the Right Saw for Cutting Structural Tube

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Structural Tube Sawing OptionsAn Overview of Structural Tube Sawing Options

Cutting ASTM A500 structural steel tube can be done more efficiently and cost-effectively by finding the saw that fits your shop floor production realities. It all starts with choosing either a band saw or a circular cold saw.

Structural steel tube – ASTM A500-specified cold-formed welded and seamless carbon steel structural tubing in round, square, and rectangular shapes, to be more specific – is used in a variety of applications because of its uniform and tight tolerances, high strength-to-weight ratio, and general ease of fabrication.┬áBecause of these qualities, this steel tube is widely used in transportation, agricultural, racks and storage, bleachers/seating, scaffolding, signs/posts, and exercise equipment. In virtually all of these possible applications the tube is bent, formed, punched, drilled, swaged, coated, or in some other way transformed to meet the requirements of the project.

However, before any of these operations are undertaken, a fabricator has to cut the tube to length. That’s why fast, cost-effective, and accurate cutting of the tubes is a critical component in the timely turnaround and ultimate quality of the fabricated parts or assemblies.

Cutting of structural tubing generally is accomplished with either a band saw or circular cold saw. Both of these saw technologies have their advantages and disadvantages, and of course, they are based on the requirements of a particular project or operation, as well as available budgets.

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