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What Tool Do You Use to Cut Hollow Metal Pipe?

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Metal pipes come in a variety of sizes and have many applications, such as drainage systems and fencing. Depending on the thickness and diameter of the pipe, several tools make cutting a simple task. The home repair handyman may be happy with a manual pipe cutter, but contractors may need a more sophisticated apparatus.

Manual Pipe Cutters

Hinged pipe cutters rapidly cut through 2- to 12-inch diameter steel and cast-iron pipe. Some models allow for two-man cutting of larger pipe sizes. Designed for tight spaces, this type of pipe cutter allows for minimal cutter rotation. Manual pipe cutters typically contain cutting wheels that guide the cutting mechanism in a straight path around pipe that is up to 2 inches in diameter.

Pipe Saws

Orbital pipe saws are low cost and cut most any type of metal pipe by manually rotating the machine around the pipe. An electric motor within the machine then cuts the pipe. This type of pipe cutter has a cutting range of 1/4 to 12 inches in diameter and produces a burr-free cut. Cutting pipe on site is easier with a reciprocating pipe saw. It has a cutting range of 1 to 12-inches in diameter, is lightweight and can cut stainless steel. Reciprocating pipe saws come in pneumatic or electric versions. A handheld rotary tool equipped with a cut-off wheel accessory can also cut through steel pipes.

Flame Cutters

Flame pipe cutters provide an additional service of beveling pipe cuts from 4 to 80 inches in diameter. A chain-driven machine ensures the cut finishes where it started. Contractors, welders and pipe fitters often prefer to use this machine on site or at home due to its strength and compact size. Equipped with an electric motor and remote control, the flame cutter offers easy and accurate cuts.

Water Abrasive System

Underwater pipe cutting, such as dismantling oil-drilling platforms, wells and oceanic pipelines use high-pressure, water abrasive cutting technology to cut steel pipe quickly, even at depths of 1,700 feet. Specialized equipment, called hydro-demolition units, accurately blasts water and abrasive material to cut any size steel pipes along with the 2 to 5-inch thick concrete coatings on the outside of the pipes.

What Tool Do You Use to Cut Hollow Metal Pipe?. Metal pipes come in a variety of sizes and have many applications, such as drainage systems and fencing. Depending on the thickness and diameter of the pipe, several tools make cutting a simple task. The home repair handyman may be happy with a manual pipe cutter, but …

How to Cut Galvanized Pipe

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Galvanized pipe is steel pipe that is coated in zinc, which minimizes rust and corrosion inside the pipe. It is very strong and has historically been used for running water in homes. Whether you are installing new galvanized pipe or removing old pipes, if you need to cut galvanized pipe you will need the right type of tool to cut through it. If you can pick the right tool for your application, and use it correctly, you should be able to cut through the pipe quickly and easily. [1] X Research source

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To cut galvanized pipe, use either a tube-cutting tool, a reciprocating saw, or a hacksaw. To use a tube-cutting tool, you’ll secure the vice-like tool around the pipe, then tighten it until it cuts through the pipe. Once you cut it, you’ll need to use a rounded file to sand down any burrs. If you’re working with a pipe in a tight space, you’ll want to use a reciprocating saw. Before you make the cut, make a mark on the pipe where you want to saw. Then, turn on the saw, and carefully move the blade through the pipe. If you don’t want to use special equipment, you can also use a hacksaw to cut a pipe. Simply line up the saw where you want to cut and use gentle pressure to saw through, since using too much pressure can be dangerous. To learn how to use an angle grinder to cut a galvanized pipe, read on!

Galvanized pipe is steel pipe that is coated in zinc, which minimizes rust and corrosion inside the pipe. It is very strong and has historically been used for running water in homes. Whether you are installing new galvanized pipe or…