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why do plumbers use a pipe cutter instead of a hacksaw on copper pipes?

i find it much easier to use a hacksaw....btw iam not a plumber. i do a little DIY around my home & wondered why plumbers use the pipe cutters...thanks

Asked By: DEFCON 1. - 6/23/2007
Best Answer - Chosen by Asker
Copper is easily malleable...that means it can be bent slightly out of shape easily. And to be able to get the very BEST seal from your copper pipe to whatever fixture you are adhering to the cut end, it needs to be true-to-round... More
Answered By: Iritadragon - 6/23/2007
Additional Answers (22)
To get a straight cut and no burrs
Answered By: anthony9223 - 6/23/2007
 
NEAT and STRAIGHT cut for the joints springs to mind - BTW I am not a plumber but even I use a proper pipe cutter. Less chance of leaks and a better seal for the solder on joints
Answered By: jamand - 6/23/2007
 
Probably because it gives a better cut.
Answered By: Francis Henry - 6/23/2007
 
A lot of times when you are fixing pipes, they are not going to be out in the open where you can get them with a hacksaw, and that is where a pipe cutter comes in handy because all you have to do is spin it around the pipe itself. Also, it makes a cleaner cut than a hacksaw does.
Answered By: Matthew C - 6/23/2007
 
Because it makes the cut completely even all the way around. With a hacksaw, you're likely to cut at a slight angle. The pipe cutter is much easier to use. It's virtually dummy-proof. I know this for a fact. LOL I make lamps out of copper pipe and slate... More
Answered By: swangirl - 6/23/2007
 
My husband's a plumber. The cutter gives an accurate & tidy cut and doesn't 'squeeze' the pipe. Saves a lot of time too but the cutter has to be really sharp. The cutter doesn't leave a serrated edge which could harm and it leaves a cut wihich can be soldered more effectively. Are you impressed?
Answered By: Lizzie Fish - 6/23/2007
 
Because it's easier and leaves a cleaner cut.
Answered By: Neal & Cathy - 6/23/2007
 
Its quicker, makes a neat cut with less mess, and provides a clean and perpendicular end for joints.
Answered By: sosgez - 6/23/2007
 
It makes a better cut! Thats about the only reason.
Answered By: haider0311 - 6/23/2007
 
Pipe cutters (actually tubing cutters) always produces a straight, clean cut while insuring the tubing is perfectly round. If the tubing is not perfectly round, it won't fit in the joints well and makes for much less reliable soldering. If the cutter has a sharp cutting disk, it is very easy to use.
Answered By: Cory - 6/23/2007
 
Well, a pipe cutter gives you a better and cleaner cut. Then using a hacksaw. A hacksaw likes to move on you when you are cutting and does not cut the pipe stright. Its the blade that sometimes bends when you are cutting. And with pipe cutters you get a clean cut and an even cut with them. Hope this help you. Jerry
Answered By: hodmplyr - 6/23/2007
 
Pipe cutters give a perfectly square and smooth cut. You can't do that with a hacksaw.
Answered By: Del C - 6/23/2007
 
A hacksaw will leave burs around the pipe as a cutter leaves a smooth edge
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Answered By: mark-ashcraft@sbcglobal.net - 6/23/2007
 
They use pipe cutters because it gives a smooth level cut with no burrs and maintains the correct shape for a good seal. Have you tried the plastic push fit fittings that are now avaliable? They are so easy no soldering or spanners just push and go.
Answered By: Richard S - 6/23/2007
 
It's a tubing cutter. And it's a better one than the one you used no doubt. Don't quit your day job.
Answered By: emgeealex - 6/23/2007
 
Pipe cutters do a better job of cutting no burrs.
Answered By: ernie.e - 6/23/2007
 
It's quicker and easier on the plumber that has to make lots of cuts. Also provides a straight cut.
Answered By: JE - 6/23/2007
 
To prevent metal shaving from getting inside the pipe and to make a cleaner, smother cut... More
Answered By: Jimmie C - 6/23/2007
 
Hi... More
Answered By: FMAACMSkipppy - 6/23/2007
 
Because they are plumbers...And you are not?
Answered By: GARY C - 6/23/2007
 
Plumbers use pipe cutters to avoid rough edges to the cut pipe, always use a pipe cutter to join copper to a pushfit plastic pipe fitting otherwise sharp edges can tear the rubber "o" ring causing leaks. happy plumbing.!
Answered By: Pete - 6/24/2007
 
No burr with pipe cutter
Answered By: fishsunwin - 6/24/2007
 
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