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    Chain Soil Pipe Cutter Alternative?

    I have a pretty big job but I don't have the tools for it and I don't have the capital to invest in the pipe cutters right now. Is there an alternative that will work just as well? I need to cut 6in or so diameter cast iron pipes and a lot of them.



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    You can rent pipe cutters.

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    Quote Originally Posted by freonjoe View Post
    You can rent pipe cutters.
    Yeah, Home Depot had one that was max 6 inches. $20 for 8 hours and $75 deposit. I don't have exact measurements of the pipes either since they're so far away so it could end up being too small.

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    Most bigger rental yards have ones that go up to 12 inches.

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    If those are the same pipes you were talking about a week or two ago I think someone posted that they were not cast and a pipe cutter wouldn't work. Hate to see you waste your money.
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    from your posts it sounds to me like your best investment, may be a partner or employee with some experience, no offence just sayin.

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    Are you certain the pipes are cast and not ductile? If they are cast hire a chain cutter - they are safe and they will save you picking up the pieces if you hit them. You can hire big chain cutters.

    If the pipe is ductile you need to think again.
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    Quote Originally Posted by KZBell View Post
    If those are the same pipes you were talking about a week or two ago I think someone posted that they were not cast and a pipe cutter wouldn't work. Hate to see you waste your money.
    Yeah, that was me....

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    Quote Originally Posted by wayne View Post
    Are you certain the pipes are cast and not ductile? If they are cast hire a chain cutter - they are safe and they will save you picking up the pieces if you hit them. You can hire big chain cutters.

    If the pipe is ductile you need to think again.
    I remember that post by Ditchdigger but there were so many opinions I wasn't sure. I've smashed them pretty hard to no avail so I think it's safe to assume they're not cast.

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    from your posts it sounds to me like your best investment, may be a partner or employee with some experience, no offence just sayin.
    Why would I take offence to that? I've never scrapped anything but cars before. I ran a property preservation business for a few years before I began scrapping misc metals. I'm here asking
    questions to learn the smaller details similar to what I've learned about other businesses. I appreciate your help and input. I

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    Quote Originally Posted by Backwell View Post
    I remember that post by Ditchdigger but there were so many opinions I wasn't sure. I've smashed them pretty hard to no avail so I think it's safe to assume they're not cast.



    Why would I take offence to that? I've never scrapped anything but cars before. I ran a property preservation business for a few years before I began scrapping misc metals. I'm here asking
    questions to learn the smaller details similar to what I've learned about other businesses. I appreciate your help and input. I
    It's good that you don't take offense. Now, if you really have the job and are not here just doing research for your blog then please, take the advice given by olddude. It's probably the best.
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    Quote Originally Posted by skylinejackjr View Post
    It's good that you don't take offense. Now, if you really have the job and are not here just doing research for your blog then please, take the advice given by olddude. It's probably the best.
    What are you talking about? "research for your blog".

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    If you can't afford to purchase a pipe cutter, you can just rent it in some depot or else, you can ask a chain cutter to cut it for you. Just choose what is more convenient with you.

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    If you have hit the pipe with a sledge hammer and it didn't break it is probably ductile iron pipe. You can cut it with a sawzall but it will take a while and more than on blade. Ductile iron is lined with concrete on the inside of the pipe so a chop saw with an abbrasive blade is the beat way to cut it. You might want to take a piec to your scrap yard and see if they will take it before you go to a lot of work.
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