Originally Posted by Roikyou
Originally Posted by XNine
I just use the saw that comes in the Monsson kit. Works fine, you're always going to have to sand down the end and typically need to chamfer it a bit to fit fittings, but that's part of life.
I ended up going to home depot as harbor freight is not too impressive in my neighborhood. I picked up a 24 tpi with 32 tpi replacements, 24 seems to cut okay but going to use the 32 replacements just for a smoother cut. I did get some fine grade sand paper, forgot the count.
Side note, I've went through six feet of acrylic and maybe one good bend so far, I'm very picky and doing this by hand is tough. I've got the rig up with flex tube and though about since I don't want my computer down for a long amount of time as this is my only one, replace a piece or two at a time, which would mean draining and filling up, thinking about just distilled till I get the final piece then do the additive. Probably over a couple week span.
Curious, since this acrylic from McMaster's is UV resistant, wouldn't it be counter productive to use UV reactive fluids? Guess what should happen is a low amount of UV should go through the acrylic making UV fluid not worth it.
The thing about the Monsoon kit, is that it was made FOR acrylic tubing. It isn't re-purposed. I went through about 4 feet of acrylic in just testing bends, heating properly, etc, but the mandrels do exactly what they were designed to do, and the included saw with miter box is incredibly handy to cut down the acrylic. Then it comes with a pipe reamer that allows you to not only chamfer the inside of the pipe, but the outside as well. There's definitely a learning curve, but if you watch the videos in the OP that BNeg linked to, and follow his instructions, everything becomes much simpler.
I've been using E-22 tubing with Bitspower's new Acrylic/Hard fittings because it's a much smaller ID/OD than anything in the US. Using large fittings and tubing on an Impact board was definitely a no-go. So far, no issues.
I dunno about McMaster's tubing, haven't worked with it, but then again, I don't like UV colored items in my rig. I've never seen a UV rig that made me feel like "wow, I want to do that." It's just personal preference, really.