07:51AM | 04/06/05
Member Since: 04/05/05
2 lifetime posts
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


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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