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  • RIDGID 29973 Model E635 Stainless Steel Tubing Cutter Replacement Wheel

    Recently we have bought a Rigid 31803 65S Quick-Acting Tubing Cutter on eBay.
    We also purchased six of the RIDGID 29973 Model E635 Stainless Steel Tubing Cutter Replacement Wheel (picture 1). Each package came in pairs, meaning we acquired three packages and in total received six of these wheels.

    After a while, it was necessary to change the first wheel that came with the Quick-Acting Tubing Cutter, since the wheel was wearing out.
    After the replacement with the six wheels that we have purchased, we noticed that four wheels out of six bended (picture 2, 3). We are using them to cut stainless steel pipes.
    Could anyone, please, explain what the problem is? The wheel should not be bending; it should wear out if it is not good for use anymore.

  • #2
    is it possible you're over tightening the cutter and trying to force it through the stainless?

    are you cutting a thin wall stainless tubing or trying to cut a heavier wall sch 40 pipe?

    what type of stainless are you cutting? type 301 work hardens much easier than others. 304, 316 are the typical stainless tubing and pipe.


    the wheels are formed out of a piece of bar stock and then pressed under extreme pressure into a cutter while induction hardened to the proper temper.

    pretty cool to see them made.

    Rick.
    phoebe it is

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    • Gocha
      Gocha commented
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      Thank you for answering.
      We have used this and similar tools multiple times and we know how to use them.
      The wheel that came with the tool worked perfectly fine. But when we switched the wheels, it bended and we used it the same way, for the same period of time as the first one.

      In our opinion, the first wheel (that came with the tool) was of better quality or made of a different material than the ones that we bought after.
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