The idea of cutting a steel pipe may be daunting, but there are actually a variety of tools and instruments that can cut steel pipes. So, what can be used when metal pipes need to be cut?

The man cutting a iron pipe in plasma cutter

Here we list a variety of tools that can be used to cut metal pipes.

  • Angle grinder
  • Circular saw
  • Cold saw
  • Hacksaw
  • Band saw
  • Metal Air shears
  • Metal pipe cutter
  • Reciprocating saw
  • Oxy-Acetylene torch
  • Tin snips

Whichever tool you possess or decide to use, all safety precautions should be in place before you begin to cut.

How to Use a Metal Pipe Cutter

A metal pipe cutter is a great tool especially if you need to cut a significant number of metal pipes, or if you will be cutting metal pipes daily. It is important that you choose a pipe cutter that can cut the metal you are using and that accommodates the size or diameter of the pipe to be cut.

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Necessary Tools

  • File
  • Metal pipes
  • Metal pipe cutter
  • Measuring tool
  • Marker
  • Safety glasses
  • Safety Gloves 

Step 1: Measure

Before attempting any type of cutting, measure the pipe needed for cutting.

Step 2: Mark 

Mark the pipe where you wish to cut.

Step 3: PPE

Wear your safety gear.

Step 4: Position the pipe

Place the pipe into the metal pipe cutter. Tighten the tool so the pipe rests in it securely. These tools generally have a cutting wheel and two rollers. 

Step 5: Cut

By moving either the pipe or the tool in a rotating movement, the wheel will begin to cut into the pipe. As you rotate, you may want to tighten slightly before continuing the rotations. Continue to rotate until the pipe is cut through.

Step 6: Refining

You may need to smoothen the edges of the newly cut pipe. This can be done using a file.

How to Use a Hacksaw for Cutting Metal Pipe

This is probably the easiest and least expensive option for cutting a metal or steel pipe because you probably already own a hacksaw.

iron is heating a pips

Necessary Tools

  • Clamps
  • File
  • Metal pipes
  • Hacksaw
  • Measuring tool
  • Marker
  • Safety glasses
  • Safety Gloves 

Step 1: Measure

Measure the pipe for cutting.

Step 2: Mark 

Mark the pipe where you wish to cut it.

Step 3: Position the Pipe

You need to secure your pipe for cutting. As you saw, the movement of the saw can move the pipe, so you need to secure it. Clamps on a workbench or table are an easy method.

Step 4: PPE

Wear your safety gear.

Step 5: Cut

When using a hacksaw, you will need more time to cut the pipe. Position the hacksaw on the tube where you wish to cut. Apply gentle pressure as you begin sawing. Do not apply lots of pressure as this can prevent you from cutting accurately. Take your time, until the pipe has been cut through.

Step 6: Refine

Now use a file to smooth any rough edges.

How to Cut Metal Pipes Using an Angle Grinder 

This is a great tool if you need to cut older pipes for removal or replacement in places that are not easily accessible.

Necessary Tools

  • Metal pipes
  • Angle grinder
  • Measuring tool
  • Marker
  • Safety glasses
  • Safety Gloves 

Step 1: PPE

Wear your safety glasses and gloves.

Step 2: Measure

Measure the length of pipe accurately before beginning cutting.

Step 3: Mark 

Mark the pipe where you wish to cut it.

Step 4: Cut

Turn on your angle grinder and allow it to achieve cutting speed. Begin cutting the pipe. Cut until the pipe has been completely sliced.

How to Cut Metal Pipes Using a Reciprocating Saw**

Reciprocating saws are tools characterized by their flexibility and the fact that they can reach hard-to-get-to places. They will feature a diameter cutting range of one to twelve inches. The important thing will be to insert the correct blade into the saw for the material you will be cutting, in this case, a metal or steel pipe.

Necessary Tools

  • Metal pipes
  • Reciprocating saw with the correct blade
  • Measuring tool
  • Marker
  • Safety glasses
  • Safety Gloves 

Step 1: Prepare the Saw

Install the correct blade for metal pipe cutting into your reciprocating saw.

Step 2: PPE

Wear your safety gear.

Step 3: Measure

Measure the necessary pipe length.

Step 4: Mark 

Mark the pipe where you wish to cut it.

Step 5: Secure 

Secure the pipe if you are not cutting old piping that is already installed.

Step 6: Begin Cutting

Place the saw against the pipe at the point where you wish to cut. Apply gentle pressure in a forward motion. If you are removing old piping, be careful that you don’t hit the wall or cabinet with the saw. 

Step 7: Bend the Pipe

Before you complete the cut, stop the saw and bend the partially cut pipe so that a gap is created.

Step 8: Complete the Cut

Continue cutting until completed.

FAQ

If I have a Copper Pipe Cutter, will I be able to use it to cut steel pipes?

Most metal pipe cutters are not limited to one metal alone. Generally, they will cut copper, steel, brass, and even aluminum pipes. 

If I have a Copper Pipe Cutter, will I be able to cut PVC pipes using it?

Copper pipe cutters come in many sizes and even shapes. As with most pipe cutters, the tool will grip the pipe to be cut between two or more rollers and the cutting wheel blade. As the cutter rotates around the pipe, it initially scores the pipe, and by repeated rotations cuts the wall of the pipe. While copper pipe cutters can be used on PVC, this type of use will dull the cutting blade, meaning you may have to change it more often.

The Bottom Line

Cutting pipes, whether steel, copper, brass, aluminum, PVC, or even ABS has never been easier. A pipe cutting tool with the correct diameter and blade for the material you will be cutting is ideal, however, several tools that you may already own can also offer you a solution.

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