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Old 04-02-2012, 02:38 AM   #1
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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????

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Old 04-02-2012, 07:17 AM   #2
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12" chop saw works well for me.

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Yup; or, if just a few cuts, I sometimes grab a miter box and back saw.
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Old 04-02-2012, 10:33 AM   #4
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For the smaller sizes, a tubing cutter like is used for copper pipe works fine.
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Old 04-02-2012, 10:46 AM   #5
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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.
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Old 04-04-2012, 04:12 AM   #6
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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. ***

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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.
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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.
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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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