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    I've been to Lowes, Home Depot, and Sears. They all have those typical tubing cutters. Most say "Good for copper, plastic and conduit (or thin-wall steel)". Does anyone make a cutter that will do thick wall steel like black pipe?

    I see here:

    http://www.ridgid.com/catalog/merged/PipeCutters.pdf

    that the 'hinged pipe cutters' (2nd to last item shown) cuts heavy wall steel pipe, but they start at 2" diameter. I need to cut smaller pipe than that.
    I want a nice smooth square cut so hacksaws/chopsaws/bandsaws are out.

  • #2
    try looking at the #2-a 2'' capicity or #202 wide roller 2'' capcity.

    stay away from the multiple wheel cutters as these will leave a burr on the outside of the cut. this will make it difficult to thread the pipe at this point.

    you can look up pipe cutters in the search field on the general purpose tools box above.

    rick.
    phoebe it is

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    • #3
      Whichever pipe cutter you decide on, be sure to buy it at a place that carries replacement wheels for that cutter. To be sure that you're not caught mid project with a dull cutter wheel, I would buy an extra wheel or two when you buy the cutter. A hand held pipe cutter is not a tool that you want to necessarily buy the cheapest one you can find. That is, unless you enjoy working harder than you have to.
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      • #4
        Thanks for the tips!

        I now see:

        http://www.ridgid.com/Tools/Heav-Dut...ters/index.htm

        http://www.ridgid.com/catalog/RT2004-012.pdf

        But they are just called 'heavy duty pipe cutters'. Does it specifically state anywhere that they are for heavy wall steel pipe cutting applications?

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        • #5
          Originally posted by newbie
          Thanks for the tips!

          I now see:

          http://www.ridgid.com/Tools/Heav-Dut...ters/index.htm

          http://www.ridgid.com/catalog/RT2004-012.pdf

          But they are just called 'heavy duty pipe cutters'. Does it specifically state anywhere that they are for heavy wall steel pipe cutting applications?
          they are designed for heavy wall pipe. sch 40, 80. there are wheels also made for stainless and cast iron too. a parts catalogue will give all the part # and applications too. i have used on a very few occasions a regular tubing cutter to cut steel pipe. this was just for an emergency with limited space. what you need is one of the pipe cutters that i noted before. stay away from multiple wheel cutters unless you have limited swing clearence. the rollers from anyone of these cutters can be removed to install extra cutters if needed

          rick.
          phoebe it is

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          • #6
            ok thanks!

            Now the question is where to find them.. Home Depot and Lowes just carry the cheap ones. Unless they're hidden somewhere other than the plumbing section. There's a Ridgid store finder on this site, I'll have to make some calls and see who has these.

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            • #7
              some plumbing supply houses will sell to the public. typically at a higher price than to the plumbers

              rick
              phoebe it is

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              • #8
                Newbie,

                Furguson sells to the public, but as Rick said, you will probably pay a premium without an open account.

                Take a look at :

                Colonial Hardware http://www.blackbookoftools.com

                They list the Ridgid Model 2-A $100.98 + $6.00 shipping.

                See also McMaster-Carr http://www.mcmastercarr.com

                You can probably special order it from Home Depot, but.......I can't reccomend that.


                As far as cutting wheels, If you buy a Ridgid, you should not have trouble finding replacement wheels.
                the dog

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                • #9
                  Re: Black pipe cutter????

                  http://www.t-drill.com/Pipe-Cutter.html

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