How to Cut a Stainless Steel Exhaust Pipe

Stainless steel exhaust pipe is very important as it helps to release all the exhaust gasses from the exhaust. It helps to improve the functioning of the engine so that it can last for a very long time. It also prevents overheating of the engine when the hot air and other gasses are let out. It is designed to withstand toxic gasses and is heat resistant. It serves as a chimney for the vehicle. It needs to be placed properly.

The pipe needs to be maintained properly to ensure its durability. It is recommended that the pipe should be kept clean. This can be done using a cloth or a nylon brush along with some soap water. Regular checking of the pipe would be an added advantage. You can check for any sort of ware and tare and make sure that everything is fine. Also, check any sort of finishing and coating that would be needed to help make the pipe last for a very long time. While cutting the pipe, certain precautions need to be taken. Wear safety glasses and gear to ensure that you do not get hurt

Tools and Materials

  • Bench vise
  • Tape measure
  • Permanent marker
  • 24 teeth-per-inch (TPI) saw blades
  • Reciprocating saw
  • Half-round file
  • Safety glasses
  • Gloves

Step 1: Measure the Length

Measure the required length of the pipe with a tape and mark the length with a marker on the pipe so that you know where you need to cut the pipe.

Step 2: Mark around the pipe

With a permanent marker mark every 0.25 inches on the pipe using the tape as a guide and extend the measurement by 3 inches past the vice jaw in a straight line making it look like a dotted line all around the pipe.

Step 3: Fasten the pipe

To make sure that the pipe holds firmly, tighten the bench vice firmly to hold the pip making sure that the steel does not get dented or distorted

Step 4: Prepare the reciprocating saw

Use a 24 teeth-per-inch saw blade to prepare the reciprocating saw.

Step 5:  Fasten the reciprocating saw

To ensure that the reciprocating saw is fastened securely to pull the blade. Turn the machine on.

Step 6: Align the blade’s teeth

Use the dotted line as a guide and align the blade’s teeth properly and correctly. To move the blade, pull the trigger slowly and carefully. Check to see if the color of the steel changes to red or orange due to the heat, stop cutting immediately.

Step 7: Flatten the edges

Take a half-round filer and slide half the filer into the pipe and file the rough edges till it is smooth and there is no sharp edges and also ensure that there is no burr due to the reciprocating saw when you are doing this ensure that the pipe is not very hot as you can get burnt.