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Old 07-17-2007, 09:09 PM   #1
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How can I cut a 3" thick steel pipe?


or do I have to rent a machine/hire a handyman ?

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Old 07-17-2007, 09:39 PM   #2
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A recip saw with a good metal blade or you can rent a chain pipe cutter (snap cutter) from the HD... that would do the trick...

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A snap cutter will work on cast iron, but not galvanized. The recip saw is one way for both, and a pipe cutter will work on galvanized.
You should be able to rent what you need.
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I have a heavy metal band saw which I bought around $50 bucks from Ebay... it can cut anything metal... the problem is it is so heavy taking up my variable garage space... but I am still keeping it... to face once a few month challenge like yours...
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or do I have to rent a machine/hire a handyman ?
You could try and borrow a pipecutter large enough or use a grit blade in a circular saw. The blade is gonna be the cheapest.
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Pipe fitters like to use a 4.5" grinder with cut off wheel or a portaband band saw.
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Pipe fitters like to use a 4.5" grinder with cut off wheel or a portaband band saw.

Pipefitters would cut it with a torch if it was to be welded or a portaband or chop saw if it was going to be threaded, a 4" grinder would take way too much effort and time.
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Pipefitters would cut it with a torch if it was to be welded or a portaband or chop saw if it was going to be threaded, a 4" grinder would take way too much effort and time.
Most of the pipe I see cut is sch 10 316SS so no torch there. On carbon steel, I've still seen them using a grinder. Must be area dependent.

Also if the OP has a grinder he could use it.

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Most of the pipe I see cut is sch 10 316SS so no torch there. On carbon steel, I've still seen them using a grinder. Must be area dependent.

Also if the OP has a grinder he could use it.

You use a grinder to make the bevel on carbon steel for welding. If I saw any fitter cutting pipe with a 4'' grinder on a job of mine he would be back on the bench the following day.
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This is the richest bunch I ever wrote to with Going renting fancy machines. Okay speed I'll give you that. But if your a poor boy like me, a good blade in a regular hand hacksaw. Take some time and keep going around a little at a time so as to make a straight cut and you'll get thru it. I live outside of town so travel/gas is large expense, so the truck stays parked most of the time, so most things here on the place have to be done with old manual tools or else it just sits. bjr23
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I've always attacked these situations with a recip with metal blade, and really interested that grinders are preferred by pipefitters. I'm not questioning this, but wondering if someone can elaborate on the benefits of this technique...
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I've always attacked these situations with a recip with metal blade, and really interested that grinders are preferred by pipefitters. I'm not questioning this, but wondering if someone can elaborate on the benefits of this technique...
Well on 3" pipe you would probably kill one wheel and wish you used a portaband......
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You have not given us enough information. I don't think hte pipe is 3 " thick, but is 3" diameter pipe. if the pipe was to be cut in place, I might try my pipe cutter, if there is enough swing room. If not, I would get my SawZall and the pipe attachment. When done, I would use the T-square to make sure the face was square before threading the pipe. If the face was not square, I would get the grinder and clean up the face. Then I would ream the pipe inside and use a file on the outside. Again, depending on the space, I would use the 700 threader or groover, in place. I have threaded 2.5, once, in place w/my manual threader. If space was too tight, I would think about removing the pipe so I could work on it in the vise.

Actually, it sounds as if you might be better to hire a plumber.

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You have not given us enough information. I don't think hte pipe is 3 " thick, but is 3" diameter pipe. if the pipe was to be cut in place, I might try my pipe cutter, if there is enough swing room. If not, I would get my SawZall and the pipe attachment. When done, I would use the T-square to make sure the face was square before threading the pipe. If the face was not square, I would get the grinder and clean up the face. Then I would ream the pipe inside and use a file on the outside. Again, depending on the space, I would use the 700 threader or groover, in place. I have threaded 2.5, once, in place w/my manual threader. If space was too tight, I would think about removing the pipe so I could work on it in the vise.

Actually, it sounds as if you might be better to hire a plumber.

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What kind of threader do you have have will thread 2.5" in place, just curious.
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700 Ridgid, go to Rigid's site to see pictures. We can thread 1"to2 ", adaptors are available for larger sizes. We do not thread over 2". 2" may be grooved or threaded.

3/8" to 1 " we normally use the OOR and manually thread the pipe.

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