A soil pipe cutter is a tool used to cut through concrete or clay-based pipelines, usually in preparation for laying new utility lines or lateral piping. They are used by plumbers and other professionals who work with pipes. They can be used during underground pipe installation on new construction to carry sewage and wastewater.
It works by cutting along one side of the pipe so that the far edge of the blade creates a tube around the other edge. A sharp pull towards you will loosen and remove it, allowing for an easy replacement. Chain pipe cutters are a popular type of tool. They are typically made from carbon steel and have a chain that wraps around the circumference of the blade. This allows for a clean, even cut without leaving any jagged edges.
When using a soil pipe cutter, it is important to take into account the pipe's inside diameter and outside diameter. Pipe cutter chain is best used on smaller-diameter pipes because the chain cannot be properly tightened for larger pipe you need a hydraulic pipe cutter or a rotary pipe cutter. In these cases, it is typically better to use a wheel soil pipe cutter since they have adjustable blades that can accommodate different diameters.
It is also important to ensure that your soil stack cutter matches the pipe's material. Chain pipe cutters, for example, cannot be used on rubber or plastic materials because they will corrode and/or damage the tool. Wheel cutters, on the other hand, offer a more heavy-duty method of cutting concrete and clay pipelines without damaging them.
Once you have identified the right tool for the job, it is important to read the manufacturer's instructions carefully. This tool for example, must be tensioned properly in order to create a clean cut. If the chain is too loose, it will not cut through the pipe; if it is too tight, it may snap.
When using any type of tool, it is important to begin on one end of the pipe and work your way around until you meet the starting point again. Chain cutters, for example, require that you make two passes on each pipe: one cut in clockwise direction and another in a counter-clockwise direction. This ensures that both edges of the blade are evenly spaced along the pipe and that you are left with a clean cut.
It is also important to keep in mind the location of any utilities when using this tool. Pipes carrying gas, water, or electrical lines should not be cut without proper precaution. Always contact your local utility company before beginning any work so that they can safely mark the location of any underground pipes.
Pipe Snap Cutter
A cast iron snap cutter has a service range of 1”-15” depending on the size of the product needing to be cut. These tools come in two different styles, the first comes with a screw style, this is typically preferred when cutting cast iron pipe when the pipe is already installed and there is limited space. The other style is a ratchet style cutter, this is preferred as it gives more leverage when cutting but only used when cutting pipe that is for a new install as cutting room is not an issue. These tools can also be used on clay and concrete pipe as well.
How to use a chain snaps for cast iron
The process of snapping is easy by following these steps:
Step 1: Start by placing the cutter on ground with the screw facing up and the chain fully extendeded.
Step 2: Open chain jaws of the chain pipe cutter to the fullest extent by turning the screw counter-clockwise until you reach the end.
Step 3: Take the chain and begin to wrap it around pipe then connect the closest link to the upper jaw. Make sure that the excess chain comes out the top of the hooks and then clears it.
Step 4: By turning the hand knob clockwise you can then close the jaws around the pipe. Make sure the screw tip is in place.
Step 5: By applying pressure with a ratchet you then can mark the pipe. Rotate the pipe again and mark again until you have a series of marks that form a line around the pipe. Note: If cutting a pipe that is already in place, it will be much easier to apply pressure and then rotate cutter back and forth to form the line.
Step 6: Increase the pressure with the ratchet until cut is complete.