How thick can a pipe cutter cut?

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Pipe cutters, an essential tool in the plumbing and construction industry, come in a wide range of sizes and styles, each designed to cut specific pipe diameters. The thickness a pipe cutter can handle depends largely on its type and design.

For instance, a standard tube cutter, often used for cutting copper, brass, and aluminum, can typically cut pipes ranging from 1/8 inch to about 1-1/2 inches in diameter. However, larger models can manage pipes up to 2 inches in diameter 1.

On the other hand, heavy-duty pipe cutters, which are designed to cut through steel and cast-iron pipes, can handle pipes up to 4 to 6 inches in diameter 2. These cutters use sharp cutting wheels and apply significant force to slice through the pipe wall.

For larger diameters, specialized cutters like rotary pipe cutters are employed. These can handle pipes up to 12 inches in diameter and are typically used in industrial applications 3.

However, it’s important to note that the ability of a pipe cutter to cut through a particular thickness also depends on the hardness and material composition of the pipe. For instance, a pipe made of hardened steel will require a more robust cutter than a pipe made of softer copper or PVC.

In conclusion, the thickness a pipe cutter can cut varies greatly and depends on the type of pipe cutter and the material of the pipe itself.





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