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wetspot

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Thursday, December 15th 2005, 4:27pm

Best pvc cutters?

Would like professional installers opinions on best pvc pipe cutters, price is no object.

Wet_Boots

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Location: Metro NYC

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Friday, December 16th 2005, 3:31am

Probably a Victor VP-30 for residential work - ratchet action, aluminum body - not cheap, but effective on sch 40 pvc

SprinklerGuy

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Friday, December 16th 2005, 10:15am

If not cutting sch 40...i prefer a kwik cut myself.....i hate ratcheting when unnecessary. But that is just me...opinion only.
Sprinkler Solutions, Inc.
Arizona and Colorado
www.sprinklersolutions.net

Wet_Boots

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Friday, December 16th 2005, 12:26pm

I occasionally use a ratchet cutter on the odd tree root, as well. If not using sch 40, you don't need a ratchet cutter. If any of the pipe is old and weathered, you'd want to have a saw, in case it's getting brittle.

To elaborate on this, a ratcheting cutter can shatter an old brittle PVC pipe, instead of cutting smoothly through it. This is why you use a saw when in doubt, on older pipe, when you can't afford to have shattered pipe and/or fittings.

Also, do not expect the cheapest home-center ratcheting cutter to be any good. They may look like the real thing, but the metal is so inferior as to be laughable. A Victor VP-30 is about $35 to $40 at contractor net.

Wet_Boots

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Location: Metro NYC

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Friday, December 16th 2005, 12:26pm

I occasionally use a ratchet cutter on the odd tree root, as well. If not using sch 40, you don't need a ratchet cutter. If any of the pipe is old and weathered, you'd want to have a saw, in case it's getting brittle.

To elaborate on this, a ratcheting cutter can shatter an old brittle PVC pipe, instead of cutting smoothly through it. This is why you use a saw when in doubt, on older pipe, when you can't afford to have shattered pipe and/or fittings.

Also, do not expect the cheapest home-center ratcheting cutter to be any good. They may look like the real thing, but the metal is so inferior as to be laughable. A Victor VP-30 is about $35 to $40 at contractor net.

RidgeRun05

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Location: USA

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Saturday, December 17th 2005, 11:45am

I am going to agree with Wetboots here, The home improvement stores ratcheting "pipe cutters" are worthless. You'd be lucky to install a complete system using the same pair. If you want something quality, it is going to show on the price tag.
Tony Posey
Ridge Run Landscapes

Jazzer K

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Location: USA

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Saturday, December 31st 2005, 10:16am

kwik cut for Poly and sawsall for pvc-with 20 or higher tpi blades for cleaner cut.
Kasper's Landscape & Design Inc.

radical

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Location: USA

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Sunday, March 5th 2006, 9:25am

Kwik-Cut for poly, swing, PVC PR 160 & 200. Lenox Saw for Sch 40 & 80 and of course old pipe.
Richard Kersten

S&R Sprinkler Systems and Landscaping, Inc.
Destin, Florida

lush96

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Sunday, March 19th 2006, 6:31pm

kwik cut rules. a good pvc saw for pvc. small pvc up to 1 inch can be cut easily with quik cut.

Bill Painter

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Location: Phoenix Az USA

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Monday, April 17th 2006, 6:20pm

About the most common cutter around Phx is the Kwik-Cut, especially on new pipe that still has it's elasticity. Rachet type cutters (the better ones) are good on Sch pipe, but be very careful on older pipe.... CRUNCH!
I personally use a Cable Saw on most EVERYTHING. Fast, clean, and does made NOT bugger thin or brittle pipe. I also straigten out the cable when I am done using them by making the cable smoke in a piece of Doug Fir and then pull the ends tight letting it cool straight. Gets rid of the pig tailing. Saws generally last me at least 40-50 cuts.
Bill
The Irrigation Specialist Mfg' Az.
Please check my website and you'll find what I do and the unique tools I make and market.
Real timesavers, especially the Suck-Tube and Krik-It.
http://www.tismaz.com

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