Manufacturing and repairs are not lost arts, and these are still used when creating custom work for cars or for construction. Stainless steel tubes are used in creating custom bannisters and handrails, although these are more commonly used in exhaust pipes for cars. When Baileigh tube and pipe notchers are required to connect pipes, these are manufactured manually.
There would be instances when you need to connect two tubes together at an angle. To do so, you would need to create a notch on one pipe, which would serve as the weld point in connecting to the other. Tube notching is used to join these two pipes to form a T-joint. There are several machines that can do this, depending on the sizes of the tubes and the precision required.
Methods and Tools
The simplest tool to use is a hole saw. It is manually done and does not need any expertise. Unfortunately, the quality and size are not easily repeatable. It is a one-off device for creating a single hole. A drum sander or abrasive belt can also be used. This takes a lot of work, generates a lot of dust, and sparks a lot of heat.
A notching die is a low-cost alternative. It is mechanical and uses a metal cutter to create the notch. For bigger pipes, a ram puncher can be used instead. More expensive is a laser cutter, which cuts clean and is very efficient.
Cutting a notch on a pipe can be easy, or it can entail a lot of labor. It depends on what tool you use, and for what purpose you would want to cut the notch.