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    Question Cutting PVC Pipe

    Except for being a bit slow, is there anything wrong with cutting small PVC pipe with a wheeled cutter intended for copper tubing? The wheeled cutter seems to produce excellent results, while ratcheting cutters don't make square cuts.

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    You can use a cutter but a copper cutter wheel it will leave a burr on the outside of the pipe. There is a cutter wheel just for plastic pipe.

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    The blade is not large enough to cut through the thick wall, usually. Normally you need a large wheel with a thin blade. It is up to YOU to set the ratcheting cutter so it cuts square.
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    A Hacksaw works good.

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    cuttting 3 -4" with a wheel cutter can be tough to hold the pipe (if u dont have a clamp/tristand)
    Last edited by chefwong; 07-03-2013 at 05:10 PM.

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    As noted, a typical tubing cutter won't cut all the way through on most pvc drain pipe. What it will do is give you a cut most of the way through that is pretty square to the length, then a few strokes with something like a hack saw will finish it off. With practice, you can get a good cut with a sawsall lots faster.
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