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    Ok, so I completed a cast iron job today in the parking garage, used my new press snap.

    Great tool, especially because we were hanging hte cast and cuting in fittings.

    Couple irritating things, 3" is not a full cycle, so when you let your finger off the trigger tio soon, it dosent complete a full cycle and you find this out later when you go to make another cut. This is just going to be a learning curve, did some 4" also today, but ididn't notice the issue. Like I said, just a learning curve.

    Bad thing, and maybe I am doing something wrong, since I just pushed the instruction manuel to theside, as I do with most new things.....

    Clean cuts are next to never, I cannot score the pipe like I do with hand snaps, I feel this is the reason the cuts are so jagged, to the point where I use a grinder to clean them and sometimes came up short

    I tried everything, level the pipe, hold both ends, hold the press machine, etc.....

    So, I know hand snaps dio the same thing, when you don't score the pipe or the chain in't perfect around the pipe.....

    any thoughts....... all new cast pipe, I never snap old pipe....


  • #2
    Re: Clean cuts.....

    do you have the pipe properly supported?

    is there room for the pipe to snap?

    you mentioned that you hang the pipe and snap in the fittings later.

    that's great for existing work, but not practical for new work. the hangers would be 1 issue and the other would be the lack of a decent space for the snap to expand to . when i had dozens of c/o to install in an older garage. i used my cut off saw to cut as it was clean. and allowed for the pipe to pull out. the snapping process requires some expansion of the pipe when it snaps. plus it's more difficult to fit in the piece without having excess spacing.

    try snapping the pipe on the ground and supporting the pipe while it snaps off. of course nothing is going to be as close as factory except a saw. snapping clay is always a nice clean cut too.

    phoebe it is


    • #3
      Re: Clean cuts.....

      as far as the 3'' you're having issues with, you need to adjust the cutter head for 3'' specifically. 1.5'', 2'' and 4'' are the back/ rear position and the 3'' is the front/ away position.

      Adjust the Press Snap cutter for the size of soil pipe to
      be cut. The size adjustment has two positions. The
      position closest to the press tool is used for 1.5", 2"
      and 4", while the position away from the press tool is
      for 3". To adjust, pull the pin out and move the adjustment
      block to the other position. Fully insert the pin.

      Because of differences in press tools, slight variations
      in operation are required.
      • For the RP 330 press tools, after the cut is complete,
      the tool rollers/ram will need to be retracted. Depress
      and hold the press tool switch to fully extend the ram
      and allow it to retract. Every cut will require two
      pulls of the press tool switch (two tool cycles).
      • If a 320-E Press tool gives an alarm after a cut (red
      LED blinks/tool beeps for 5 seconds), the tool needs
      to be recalibrated

      taken from the owners manual

      see page # 4 figure #2

      Last edited by PLUMBER RICK; 03-17-2010, 03:17 AM.
      phoebe it is


      • #4
        Re: Clean cuts.....

        Yes, cut pipe both on the floor and hanging. Pipe was properly supported in all cases.

        Yes, I adjusted the tool to cut 3"

        As I lay awake trying to fall asleep, I figure I can take the slack out of the chain with slowly pushing the trigger, then score the pipe, but I could have sworn that the advertisment said no need to score the pipe.....

        As for hanging the pipe and cutting in fittings, this worked really well!! The job went smooth and I couldn't imagin doing this job any different.



        • #5
          Re: Clean cuts.....

          The only experience I have with this tool is from a trade show, but I noticed at the trade show no one could get a straight cut with it. They all had jagged edges.