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What should be used for cutting PVC/CPVC pipe?

Cutting tools used must be designated for use on plastic pipe. Harvel rigid PVC and CPVC plastic pipe can be easily cut with an appropriate hand saw, power saw, or plastic tubing cutter. With a circular power saw, a cutting speed of 6,000 RPM is recommended, using normal hand pressure. With band saws, using hand pressure, a cutting speed of 3,600 feet per minute is recommended. Under some circumstances, a lathe can be used. Best results are obtained with fine-toothed saw blades (16 to 18 teeth per inch) and little or no set (maximum 0.025 inches). Cuts must be square and smooth, particularly if the pipe is to be threaded. A miter box or similar guide should be used when cutting by hand. The cut ends can be beveled with a hand file, and the interior is deburred with a regular tool or knife. Dust and chips should be removed to eliminate fluid stream contamination. The pipe should be well supported during cutting and protected from nicks and scratches by wrapping it in canvas or similar material.

United States Plastic also, offers a wheel cutter for plastic pipe and tubing. This type of cutter may generate heat and produce a raised edge which can be removed by beveling.

Title: What should be used for cutting PVC/CPVC pipe?
Description: Recommendations on the type of cutting equipment to use for cutting PVC/CPVC pipe to size.
Published: 12/13/2007
Last Edited: 1/3/2023
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