Posted by Zoe Geoffrion , on Jun, 2016
Tube notching is often what happens before you join light-gauge tubes to produce a similar joint, one you can achieve through welding. Tubes can be notched before you proceed with the assembly.
When you end up with the wrong notch, it’s not only a waste of your time, it’s a waste of your money too since you’ll have to use new material. That’s why knowing how to make the right notch matters. Here are a few tips that should prove handy in helping you create the perfect notch:
1. The right tools.
Buying the right tools makes a world of difference in your notch. Whether you end up with a holesaw tube notcher or other types of standard punches, finding the right one can make or break your project. If you’ve got the budget for it. You could easily buy a punch press to produce your own punches. Too steep for your blood? You could try outsourcing this though to reduce your tooling costs.
2. Accuracy of the punch.
While tools matter, care as you carry out the process lends a definite advantage. This is usually the result of long practice and familiarity with the tools at hand so be sure to put in the necessary work. The greater your familiarity with the tools, the better the punches and notches will be.
3. Speed of notching.
This is usually reduced by manually handling whatever workpieces you have right into the press. Have feet long pieces to work on? No worries. You can load these up into a single stroke press to make things easier. To make sure you can easily control the speed for smaller pieces, hand-feed them into the press.
Knowing as much as you can about the process helps you get the best results. So keep these tips in mind and learn all you can about tips and the right notching tools.