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How to use a single-handed pipe cutter

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Water running off a pipe

Step 1 – Turn off water

If working on an existing pipe structure, make sure the water is turned off before you begin.

Semi- automatic pipe cutter

Step 2 – Place cutter on pipe

Make sure you have the correct size of pipe cutter for the job at hand. Push the cutter onto the pipe and if using a semi-automatic cutter, turn the handle until the wheel rests on the pipe.

Single handed pipe cutter with gate

Step 3 – Close gate

If the cutter has a gate, close this around the pipe making sure it clicks into place.

Single handed pipe cutter directional arrow

Step 4 – Turn the cutter around the pipe

Turn the cutter around the pipe by hand, pressing firmly and making sure to keep the wheel in the same position. If the cutter has a directional arrow on it, only turn the cutter in this direction.

Single handed pipe cutter

Step 5 – Complete the cut

Keep turning until the cut is complete. Do not attempt to move the cutter sideways before the cut is finished as this will damage the wheel.

Pipe deburring tool

Step 6 – Deburr

Once the cut has been completed, the pipe may need a slight deburring using a pipe deburring tool.

Wonkee Donkee says; Cuts of soft metal only take a couple of minutes to complete.

Attaching a ratchet handle

Ratchet handle If you want to attach a ratchet handle to your single-handed pipe cutter, push the cutter into the ratchet handle head. The cutter can be placed in either side depending on which way the cutter needs to be turned.