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Brhuck

07:51AM | 04/06/05
Member Since: 04/05/05
2 lifetime posts
Bvplumbing
I feel stupid ask this question; however, when cutting 1/2" copper pipe many times my pipe cutter ends up walking (moving) down the length of pipe leaving a sprial grove on the outside of the pipe. Why is this happening? I end up ditching a lot of good copper because of this

doug seibert

09:16AM | 04/06/05
Member Since: 08/10/02
842 lifetime posts
The disc cutting blade is not exactly perpendicular to the pipe......

the tool may be a cheapie that can't hold the alignment....

Or the good quality tool has a worn pivot bolt and (dull) blade that allows some movement.....replacement cutters are sometimes available..........

ALSO applying too much pressure at the start of the cut can exagerate the problem

kerr7300

07:12PM | 04/06/05
Member Since: 04/01/05
47 lifetime posts
I have to agree with what Doug said 100%.

If you are wasting a good amount of copper then you are using your tube cutter for more than a weekend project. Invest in a Ridgid #15 tube cutter which sell for approx. $20.00. Lenox also makes a nice quality tube cutter. Both are available at ant plumbing wholesaler in your area. Ridgid would be my choice because the cutter wheels are available most anywhere.
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