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4just1don 04-02-2012 02:38 AM

best tool / method for cutting pvc straight
 
just wondered if there is an easy goof proof way of cutting PVC pipe first time every time straight and square. Especialy 3 and 4 inch pipe. I have been using a cordless trim saw and rotating pipe. sometimes I hit close, sometimes not so much. trim it straight and invariably short. Better tool??? Better method????

oh'mike 04-02-2012 07:17 AM

12" chop saw works well for me.

DexterII 04-02-2012 09:55 AM

Yup; or, if just a few cuts, I sometimes grab a miter box and back saw.

md2lgyk 04-02-2012 10:33 AM

For the smaller sizes, a tubing cutter like is used for copper pipe works fine.

NitroNate 04-02-2012 10:46 AM

Tubing cutter works, the easiest method is to buy special PVC pipe cutters that kinda look like large scissors. They come in different sizes and cut PVC like butter.

Homerepairguy 04-04-2012 04:12 AM

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Originally Posted by NitroNate (Post 890305)
Tubing cutter works, the easiest method is to buy special PVC pipe cutters that kinda look like large scissors. They come in different sizes and cut PVC like butter.

Absolutely +1 on the scissors like PVC pipe cutter. Fast, ninety degree clean cuts with no particles or dust like sawing produces. Especially essential if installing a water sprinkler or drip irrigation system where particles are bad.

*** Opps, just noticed that you mentioned 3 and 4 inch pipe. Scratch my post above as I was thinking of cutting 3/4 inch pipe. No experience in using scissors like cutter on large pipes. ***

HRG

TheEplumber 04-04-2012 01:36 PM

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Originally Posted by 4just1don (Post 890164)
just wondered if there is an easy goof proof way of cutting PVC pipe first time every time straight and square. Especialy 3 and 4 inch pipe. I have been using a cordless trim saw and rotating pipe. sometimes I hit close, sometimes not so much. trim it straight and invariably short. Better tool??? Better method????

Practice makes perfect-
I use a sawzall a lot on larger pipe. tubing cutters on smaller pipe.
I carry a small pipe reamer that works on all types of pipe. Makes quick clean up on burrs.

TarheelTerp 04-04-2012 02:56 PM

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Originally Posted by TheEplumber (Post 891624)
I use a sawzall a lot on larger pipe.

Get some "demo" blades.
They're stiffer than regular blades and be sure they are at least 3" longer than the pipe.

biggles 04-04-2012 07:48 PM

build yourself a miter box to fit the pipe then just a hack saw does the trick.or drill a hole in the mark to take the jig blade then just go around the pipe...


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