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« on: August 23, 2017, 08:54 AM »

I am doing my first repair of the HighTech Paladin.  It has 4mm fiberglass tubes.  The right lower spreader broke.  I have replacement tubes coming in the mail and thought I'd ask for any pointers in cutting this to size.

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« Reply #1 on: August 23, 2017, 08:56 AM »

fine tooth handsaw....or dremel...
cut it slightly long and then clean up the edge with a fingernail emery board....
do not breath dust!!!!

and if it is a  tube then try not to cut straight down, spin the rod as you cut it to get a more uniform cut.
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« Reply #2 on: August 23, 2017, 05:46 PM »

If you don't have a fine toothed saw, just wrap it with masking tape and cut through the tape with a hack saw, remove and give it a final sand. Smiley
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« Reply #3 on: August 25, 2017, 12:16 PM »

Yes, wrapping it with tape first always works well for me too  Smiley
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« Reply #4 on: August 26, 2017, 11:34 AM »

A Dremel tool with a diamond wheel does a fast and clean job. Tape the tube or rod. Put the tool in a vise or clamp it to a table. Spin the tube while making light contact with the wheel and you'll have a clean, even cut in moments. Works especially well with carbon rods and tubes that normally tend to splinter.
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« Reply #5 on: August 26, 2017, 11:46 AM »

worth repeating for fiberglass and carbon. Avoid inhaling and handling the dust as little as possible
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« Reply #6 on: August 28, 2017, 10:57 AM »

If cutting with a hand-saw there are no finer blades than those used with a jeweler's saw, aka piercing saw. The slow cutting will help keep the dust from flying up. A dust mask will keep it out of your lungs as others mentioned not breathing it, and safety goggles will help keep dust out of your eyes. You can help insure a square cut by using a v-block to rest the tube in while cutting, whether you roll the tube or not. Make a slot in the block to guide the blade as you see in mitre boxes.
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« Reply #7 on: August 28, 2017, 04:26 PM »

Thanks for the tips.  I got the masking tape ready.  I gotta get a better saw.  They are only 4mm tubes for an ul.
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« Reply #8 on: August 28, 2017, 07:52 PM »

Lots of a good advice here on cutting.

My eye was caught by your reference to fiberglass for the tubes on your Paladin. While there are some specs out there stating that the tubes are fiberglass, in fact they are carbon on my New Tech Paladin -- both the leading edges and spreaders. Mine came that way.

It will make a difference to performance (flexibility/stiffness).

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