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  • Copper Pipe Cutting Problem

    I'm a do-it-your-selfer who maybe does a couple of plumbing projects a year. I have one of the C-clamp type copper tubing cutters. Lately it seems to walk off of my mark as I am cutting a pipe. It sort of creates a spiral as it moves down the pipe instead of cutting deeper with each turn in one groove. Am I doing something wrong or is the cutter getting worn out?

    Thanks for any reply.

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    Re: Copper Pipe Cutting Problem

    I'm going to predict ( I hate "assume") that your cutter is like the other 99% I have ever seen. Yeh, sort of C-clamp with a threaded rod you can screw down on the cutting wheel to create pressure with the cutting wheel on the copper tubing, either soft or rigid. Now, the 1 st. thought would be-is your cutter wheel worn out? It should be somewhat sharp, no so much like a knife. Could the axle of your cutter be worn out, causing the wheel to lean which would cause it to drift one way or the other. Or, let's face it-is your cutter a "low-cost" version that has done it's intended two cuts or so. As with all tools you get what you pay for and I do understand you are a DIY, that's fine, you're asking for advice and so many don't. THEN, we get the calls. Check your cutter carefully first, sir. I'll bet it's the problem and not the operator. Thanks, David

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    • #3
      Re: Copper Pipe Cutting Problem

      Brand??At any rate,I would spend the dough on a nice new proper tubing cutter.
      Tools are good!
      More=better

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      • #4
        Re: Copper Pipe Cutting Problem

        Don't use your copper tubing cutter to cut galvanized pipe.

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        • #5
          Re: Copper Pipe Cutting Problem

          i rarely have any problems with my RIDGIDtm() cutters.

          when i do it's because of missuse.

          take it apart and clean it up. then look for shiny parts. shiny means worn or wearing.

          if it's made in china, buy a north american product.

          as a matter of fact, how 'bout something like this;

          http://www.ridgidforum.com/forum/newreply.php?do=newreply&noquote=1&p=210628

          Vince

          don't forget to ream.

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          • #6
            Re: Copper Pipe Cutting Problem

            If you have to use it turn it 360+ and then turn it back, instead of around and around, even one that spirals one can easily get copper cut fairly well using it that way,
            some times if you start with extremely light pressure and get a mark clear around the tube, and then slowly add some pressure it may follow the cut, and not spiral,

            (many of the cheap units will spiral right out of the box, or in a very short time),
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            • #7
              Re: Copper Pipe Cutting Problem

              The Ridgid model # 10, 15, and 20 cutters rarely do that however the 151 type( quick release) always did. Don't waste your time with them, just get a #10 if u only plan on doing up to 3/4" copper.

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              • #8
                Re: Copper Pipe Cutting Problem

                as mentioned earlier, use a good quality cutter, make sure everything is in working order( nothing broke or bent) from there you want to lightly snug up on the adjustment knob and then "drag" the wheel DO NOT "push" the cutter wheel as this will almost always result in a wheel that wants to dive off its cutting path

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                • #9
                  Re: Copper Pipe Cutting Problem

                  One of two things:

                  1) Its not a Ridgid tubing cutter, and I am not just saying that cause its Ridgid forum, There is just no other in this ENTIRE industry that even comes close to Ridgid Tubing cutters

                  2) Your tightening the wheel to much as you start off,

                  Hope this helps
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                  • #10
                    Re: Copper Pipe Cutting Problem

                    Originally posted by PlumbingSkool View Post
                    One of two things:

                    1) Its not a Ridgid tubing cutter, and I am not just saying that cause its Ridgid forum, There is just no other in this ENTIRE industry that even comes close to Ridgid Tubing cutters
                    RIDGID cutters are good but there are others that work just as well.
                    I have a couple Imperial/Eastman cutters that I like too. But for
                    copper >1-1/2" I prefer the RIDGID cutters.
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                    • #11
                      Re: Copper Pipe Cutting Problem

                      Originally posted by Bob D. View Post
                      RIDGID cutters are good but there are others that work just as well.
                      I have a couple Imperial/Eastman cutters that I like too. But for
                      copper >1-1/2" I prefer the RIDGID cutters.
                      I respectfully disagree, There is nothing that will hold up better then ridgid, I am bi polar , and when I say Bi Polar, I mean a maniac like myself, I cut pipe faster then most and thats ok, I would also crash for a week , but when I get those "mania" cycles,........sorry........Only Ridgid can keep up

                      Sorry ....hands down, I bet you anything that no other cutter will take my abuse.......sorry........nope......
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                      • #12
                        Re: Copper Pipe Cutting Problem

                        have some other brands at the Round up.....I will prove it
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                        • #13
                          Re: Copper Pipe Cutting Problem

                          Originally posted by Bob D. View Post
                          RIDGID cutters are good but there are others that work just as well.
                          I have a couple Imperial/Eastman cutters that I like too. But for
                          copper >1-1/2" I prefer the RIDGID cutters.
                          I don't have any RIDGID, but the supply house near me sold me a Lenox close quarter one (they had no RIDGID, I asked), which is great compared to the cheap one that I borrowed from my dad. My favorite feature is that it has a guard around the wheel, so it is harder to cut your hand. The other thing they had aside from the Lenox was a General Autocut, which they said was really great if you only needed it for one size.

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                          • #14
                            Re: Copper Pipe Cutting Problem

                            Fast does not always mean good.



                            Time, Cost, or Quality

                            Pick any two but you can't have all three.
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                            • #15
                              Re: Copper Pipe Cutting Problem

                              Originally posted by Bob D. View Post
                              Fast does not always mean good.



                              Time, Cost, or Quality

                              Pick any two but you can't have all three.
                              Not all the time your right, you never can have all 3 100% of the time
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