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Pipe Cutter
A hand tool for cutting metal pipes. Ranges in size from a small copper pipe cutter through to say 300mm diameter steel and cast iron pipes.

a small pipe cutter

This is a small cutter that is a plumber's tool for cutting copper pipes up to about 30mm.

Other larger cutters work on the same principal for cutting steel pipes.

  • Two rollers are set in the frame and a hardened steel cutter wheel is directly opposite them.
  • The rollers are on a slider so that by turning the handle the rollers are advanced, pushing the pipe into the cutter.
  • The cutter is placed on the pipe and the handle is screwed in until contact is made and the tool is seated firmly on the pipe.
  • Slight pressure is applied and the tool is swung around the pipe making a score in the pipes surface.
  • This is repeated as many times as it takes to cut through the pipe.
  • This is a slow process, tighten slowly and keep turning.
  • Being too hasty can damage the tool.

The end result is a good square cut that has a slight "Vee" to the outside edge and a slight burr in the inside of the pipe, that can be taken off with a round file.

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