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    bought a reconditioned 246 off ebay (repainted with
    a newish chain).

    Used it to pop a couple of 4" pipes, but it appears
    that the size of pipe used all over my house is
    "in between" chain links. i.e., I can't quite
    get the chain over the next link, but using the
    one that I can get it over results in it running
    out of room after ratcheting tight. And I already
    got it stuck once. Now I know not to get it stuck.

    is this common? I got around it so far by
    inserting a couple of nails to take up some slack,
    but kneeling in the crawlspace with 3 16p nails
    and trying to hold them and the 246 and the
    chain requires 2 more hands than I was born
    with. Using the 3 nails also resulted in a
    more jagged cut than without.


  • #2
    Re: ridgid 246 usage question

    the 226 cutter would have been a better choice for under house and cramped conditions. plus it's like only 1/2 the weight. even less with the handle off.

    here is the link to the cutter. No. 226 In-Place Soil Pipe Cutter - RIDGID Professional Tools

    usually i find the 3'' pipe is the size that's between links.

    it's great you figured out the over tightening issue. even more impressed with the nail trick. i've used that with easy outs that were too loose.

    see if you can find a 226 and sell off your 246, you'll be a happy camper

    Last edited by PLUMBER RICK; 04-05-2012, 12:33 AM.
    phoebe it is


    • #3
      Re: ridgid 246 usage question

      Not with you on this-it is adjustable-unless your tool has been damaged or modified.

      Yes, it is quite common for the links not to match up when you first wrap the chain around.
      BUT, then you take out the slack with the adjusting knob prior to pumping the handle.
      I would consult the operator's manual-

      We traditionally mark the known size links with a paint stick.

      And yes, a 226 is a easier to drag around and would have been a better choice.


      • #4
        Re: ridgid 246 usage question

        yes, I had read the manual. Yes, taking up slack the right way.
        problem is that the chain needs smaller pitch (using one link
        makes it too big, the next larger link can't be fit on.)

        This is 60 year old cast iron (hubbed), made in scotland
        of all places. So, looks like this is normal operation mode
        for the tool. My other idea was to cut a couple notches with
        a grinder that a few of the chain wheels could fit into, and
        get a few mm more to get the next link in.

        I'm a girly man and like the big lever handle and all of it's
        mechanical advantage



        • #5
          Re: ridgid 246 usage question

          Ok. Why not just use the grinder to make the cut?
          You don't need the snap cutter at all.


          • #6
            Re: ridgid 246 usage question

            The link sizes have a very slight overlap so if one link doesnt fit the next size will. I wonder if the 'newish' chain is the proper one for that cutter. Try not to cut where there is raised lettering on the cast. Be sure the pipe is clean of any scale and the tool is properly lubricated. I like to get the chain snug then rotate the chain back and forth while applying tention on the knob to line up the cutter grooves. This will give you a cleaner cut.


            • #7
              Re: ridgid 246 usage question

              the 246 uses a chain that can raise the titanic. it's a monster and is an overkill for what we're cutting. i've mentioned it before to down size the chain like the wheeler rex is. they're the ones who invented the snap cutter in the first place.

              but on 60 year old cast, i too would either use a 4.5'' grinder and cut the top half from the outside, and if the pipe is laying in the ground, then cut a window of the top with the grinder and then cut from the inside to the bottom.

              but if the pipe is in decent shape, you defiantly want to rotate the cutter like bill mentioned with the chain acting like a cutter wheel. once fully scored, then it should cleanly snap. 60 year old pipe is not very forgiving.

              now if you really want to man up, break out the 14'' gas cut off saw to slice that pipe all the way through in 1 try. great when you have decent access to maneuver the saw.

              phoebe it is