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Old 03-09-2008, 12:18 PM   #1
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Cutting PVC drain/soil pipes


What's the best way to get nice straight cuts in drain and soil pvc pipes? I've tried with hack saws and never get a good perpendicular cut. Will using my miter saw (w/general purpose cross cut blade) prematurely dull the blade?

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For larger PVC, I would go with a reciprocating saw and a little practice on scrap pipe.
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Miter box with plain hand saw from Lennox
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I have used a simple (and cheap) wooden miterbox with my PVC saw (handsaw). I think plastic dulls the blade lots quicker than wood. I did a prefab job up North and we did use a mitersaw for the repetitive cuts we had to make. Seemed to work well. I would advise a full face shield if using a power saw. Those chips hurt.
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Thanks.
I didn't think a regular hand saw would work with this material. I'll throw together a cheap miter box specific to the task.
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For 2" and smaller Ridgid makes a ratchet cutter which is excellent. Larger than that I use a reciprocating saw.
I've used a miter saw on occasion and it works fine. Just use a fine sharp blade and go slow.
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a) sawzall

b) pvc handsaw

c) chop saw

Thats about all I use for PVC with my favorite being the chop saw. However, unless I'm making multiple cuts on 3" or larger, it just isnt worth dragging it out of the gangbox.
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I'll do just about anything to get the cut made with a chop saw, make sure to debur after each cut.

I've cut stuff off under the floor with the cutoff wheel on a roto-zip...but man does that make a mess, handy but MESSY.

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