What is a plastic conduit pipe
Plastic conduit pipe and hose cutters are a hand tool specially made to be able to make clean and accurate cuts in specific types of hoses, pipes or tubes.
Individual cutters will have different specifications, so make sure you check them before you buy. For example, some cutters can cut thin-walled rigid pipes while others can only be used with flexible tubes and hoses. There will also be a limit to the size of the material they are able to cut through.
What plastic conduit pipe and hose cutters can cut
All plastic conduit hose and pipe cutters can cut flexible plastic and rubber hose and pipe, including fabric-reinforced hose.
They should make cutting plastic and rubber pipe and hose quick and easy, without deforming or crushing it. The cut should be clean and leave a smooth edge.
Many plastic conduit hose and pipe cutters can be used to quickly cut thin wall plastic pipes and tubes. The size of the tubes they can cut through will be stated in the tool's specifications; It will usually be between 22mm and 36mm (0.9 inch - 1.4 inch) for the outside diameter. Some cutter will also have a minimum size they are able to cut.
Thin wall pipes are pipes are defined as having a wall thickness which is no thicker than a tenth of the radius of the tube This means larger cutters should be able to cut pipes with thicker walls.
These tools just need to be closed once to cut through the material, in the same way scissors do, making them quick and simple to use. Some other pipe or tube cutters require the handles to be closed a number of times or the tool to be moved around the pipe as it cuts.
What plastic conduit pipe and hose cutters cannot cut
They are a lightweight tool that is not designed to cut anything metal, so they cannot cut any cables or wire reinforced hose. You will need a more sturdy tool, which requires less force from the user, to cut through metal.
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They are also only designed to cut thin-walled plastic pipes, so they will not be suitable for plastic pipes with thicker walls. Thick-walled pipes may crack or deform from the force required to cut them. Also, you may put excess strain on the tool, so you will need a stronger cutter for this.
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They are only designed to make square cuts in pipes and hoses. This means flat cuts that are straight down the cross section of the tube. They will not be able to cut tube at an angle because the rounded anvil is designed to hold the pipe straight.
To cut angles in piping and hose you may need something like a pair of mitre shears, these can cut material at specific angles.