Two threaded nuts need to be loosened then the two pieces of the
jig pulled apart, requiring two hands by my experience, slow and
Hi David, you’re quite right, it is slow if you use it the brute
force way, but I think there are a couple of things that make it
worth a second look.
First, if you’re cutting really short sections of tubing, as was
mentioned in the original post, it’s not such a bad compromise. Most
other tube cutters, such as the one Gary mentioned, are great for
longer sections but no so much so for teensy ones, largely because
the guide slot for the blade is (a) a bit wide and therefor rather
difficult to get a really good, clean, square cut through and (b)
often not of steel sufficiently hard that you can use it as a guide
surface to slide the saw blade against while you cut.
In my experience with the Bergeon tool and a little bit of care in
cutting you can cut tub slices down to 1mm or less that are ready to
use, no finishing of the end cuts required. I can’t say I’ve ever
seen the standard tube cutters able to reproduce that.
FWIW, I often mount my Bergeon in a vice (after I screw out the
handle of course) and that makes the process quicker because it’s
much more stable.
When I’ve had to do a lot of sections of the same length I’ve rigged
up a hook over the top of the Bergeon jig and connected by stiff wire
to a large strap hinge which I have mounted on a slab of plywood. You
put the hinge setup on the floor and use it like a pressure pedal:
step to pull down the upper section of the jig and hold the wire,
release to loosen the top of the jig and slide the wire forward for
the next section. Of course you leave the jig tightening nuts backed
off throughout the process.
It might sound complicated but it’s actually quite simple, and once
you’ve got it figured out you can set it up or pull it apart in
moments, much less time than you’d spend finishing the ends of your
cuttings for instance.
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