I would appreciate suggestions for cutting many hard stainless steel
tubes that are 3 mm and 6 mm diameter with a 0.25 mm wall and soft
(easy to bend with fingers) stainless tubes that are about 1.3 mm
diameter. Cuts are at right angles (I could conceivably need miter
cuts in the future). Cut ends need to be vertical/square. Some cut
lengths need to be accurate to 0.25 mm or 0.5 mm. I do not know the
types of stainless, because I bought the tubes as surplus. I’m in the
United States, so a power tool would need to be 110-115 volts.
Information I’ve found on the web refers to cutting larger-diameter
I plan to use the tubes to make earrings (I make most of my jewelry
with industrial materials).
I’ve tried a jeweler’s saw (too slow, blades wear out quickly) and a
fiberglass-reinforced cut-off wheel on a hand-held Minicraft
Dremel-like device (fast, but impossible for me to control).
I’ve considered these hand tools: tubing cutters designed for
air-conditioning mechanics (for the 3 and 6 mm tubes), fine tooth
hacksaw blade, and carbide-grit hacksaw blade.
I’ve considered these power tools: Proxxon KGS 80 cut-off/chop/miter
saw with ferrous cut-off disk (close to $200); Proxxon KG 50
mitre/miter saw, which I can’t find in the United States;
Micro-mark.com’s miter/cut-off machine 15218 ($140);
harborfreight.com’s Chinese-made mini cut-off saw 42307-3VGA ($19.99
- cost of disks, with concerns about quality at this low price). I
like that the Proxxon KGS 80 has a guard that covers more of the
disk/blade than the guard on the other 3 saws.