Pipecutter


Pipecutter

A pipecutter is a type of tool used by plumbers to cut pipe. Besides producing a clean cut, the tool is often a faster and more convenient way of cutting pipe than using a hacksaw, although this depends on the metal the pipe is made out of.

There are two types of pipe cutters. Plastic tubing cutters, which really look much like a pair of pruning shears, may be used for thinner pipes and tubes such as a sprinkler pipe. Then there is a pipecutter with a sharp wheel and adjustable jaw grips for use on thicker pipes. These are used by rotating it around the pipe and repeatedly tightening it until it cuts all of the way through.

Pipecutters vs. hacksaws

Hacksaws will cut nearly any size pipe made out of most metals and plastics. Pipecutters, on the other hand, are more limited. In the situations where they work, they are generally accepted to leave cleaner cuts.


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