How to cut plastic pipe

Plastic pipe can be cut using several tools however, these tools can be dangerous and can leave the edges of pipe un-smooth and rough.

Plastic Pipe Cutting Tools include:

  • Ratchet cutter
  • Mitre saw
  • PVC scissor pipe cutter
  • PVC ratcheting pipe cutter
  • Cable Saw (recommended)

The safest way to cut pipe is by using a cable saw, which is made of fine wire and allows cutting quickly and without the use of potentially dangerous machinery.

Plastic Pipe Cutting steps:

  1. Secure the pipe in a Vice or Pipe clamp.
  2. Mark the pipe clearly where you require cutting.
  3. Place the cable saw on the pipe, moving it forward and backward in a sawing motion, the cable will curl and cut through the pipe.
  4. Once cut, use a deburring tool to neaten the edges of the pipe. This allows for the best connection when solvent welded.

How to use a Deburring tool:

  1. Secure the pipe in a Vice or Pipe clamp.
  2. Place the deburring blade tightly against the end of the pipe.
  3. Move the deburring tool along the pipe in a rotating movement until the edges are neat.

Do you have to wear a mask when cutting plastic pipe?

Although it’s not regarded as a necessity to a face mask while cutting plastic pipe; eeziflo always advises some form of protection both your eyes and to protect your lungs and throat from any harmful airborne particles.

Any further questions?

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