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Pros v. Joes: Pipe Cutting

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Pipe Chain Cutter

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Pros vs. Joes: How to Cut Pipes

Pipe Cutting

Cast iron pipes can create a lot of problems for all those Handy men and women out there. This how-to guide will introduce heavy duty tools that the Pros use in order to cut heavy duty piping alongside comparable tools that you Joes could use at home to complete the job.

Pipe Beveler vs. Pipe Chain Cutter:

One of the easiest and most popular on-site industrial pipe cutting tools that the Pros use is the pipe beveler. This tool is expensive and has a very specialized use, but it cuts through piping like a hot knife through butter. When the beveler spins around the pipe, it creates a scratch in the pipe which gets deeper as the pipe continues to turn. When the pipe has been cut, the beveler makes a nice, clean break at the end of the pipe. Now, I do not think most of you could even fit an industrial pipe beveler into your home through your font door, however there is something much more practical.

As an alternative to a pipe beveler, a close tool to try is a pipe chain cutter, also known as a snap cutter. This tool can accomplish the job at home just as good as a beveler would on-site. This tool is made from a roller chain and ratchet, while the chain uses even pressure entirely around the piping. As force elevates, the wheels of the roller chain dig further into the pipe until finally it makes a neat break. Instead of simply cutting the pipe, use chalk to mark the various cut lines on the pipe. Next, using the pipe chain cutter, bind the chain around the chalk line ensuring the most amount of chain links are touching the pipe as needed. Squeeze the handles of the cutter to cut the pipe with the chain several times until the final break is made.

Diamond Wire Saw vs. Sawzall:

An additional tool that the Pros utilize on-site is the diamond wire saw, a tool that utilizes a cord or wire inlaid with diamond material to slice through the pipe. The diamond wire saw is a slower method for slicing pipes, but is highly effective as the abrasive diamond cord can cut through anything softer than itself.

Nevertheless, not everybody can manage to cords full of diamonds for all their DIY projects, so of course there is a comparable option. Joes, the tool to use thats similar to a diamond wire saw is the sawzall, or reciprocating saw. This tool is reasonably priced and simple to operate. Using a sawzall is like using an automatic hacksaw. Similar with the snap cutter, tag your cut lines with chalk onto the pipe. Simply just set your saw speed to low and allow the blade do the job. Just make sure to have water nearby, as it is necessary to continue to keep the saw blade wet throughout the job.

Portable Milling Machine vs. Angle Grinder:

Pros on-site use portable milling machines for pipe cutting, as they are ideal for huge areas repair work. The portable milling machine makes it possible for the tool to go along sides on the perpendicular and parallel axis of the workspace, and the milling head pivots, which allows for greater movement in machining operations.

Joes, the tool that will compare and do the same level of work as a portable milling machine is the credible angle grinder. The majority of you must have an old angle grinder around the house, now you will just need is to acquire a cutting disk at your preferred hardware store and you are all set. Ensure to wear safety gear as it is very likely that pieces of the cutting disk will fly off during the job, and remove any flammable materials from the work space, as these angle grinders can create sparks.



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