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Sawzall vs. ratchet pvc cutters?

Discussion in 'Irrigation' started by ray24/7, Mar 5, 2006.

  1. ray24/7

    ray24/7 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 4

    I am thinking about buying a cordless reciprocating saw to replace my ratchet cutters, and am wondering what everyone here prefers and why. Most models i have seen are a little on the heavy side... does anyone know of a smaller lightwieght model?
  2. Dirty Water

    Dirty Water LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,794

    Victor racheting cutters cannot be beat for 1" and smaller PVC.

    I use a Dewalt Sawzaw on large pipe projects (2" - 4").
  3. sheshovel

    sheshovel LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,112

    I prefer my ratchet because of the clean cut they make and you dont have to worry about getting pvc dust in your way.
  4. jerryrwm

    jerryrwm LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,274

    There's your answer. If you prefer the Victor cutters then you should stay with them. You won't be happy with the sawzall because of the weight, and probably the PITA in getting it into awkward positions. If you use a sawzall on a regular basis then you'll be better suited for it.

    You might try one of the cordless jigsaws for small diameter pipe for installations. Lighter weight, compact size. Just a thought.

    I prefer a good solid hacksaw with 18 tooth blade, but's that's just because I'm usually doing some kind of repair and pipe sizes vary so much, and they are usually larger than my Victor can handle.

    Jerry (who is now in SE Wisconsin and looking at about 3" of fresh fallen snow.)
  5. emg35

    emg35 LawnSite Member
    from CA
    Messages: 18

    We use alot of large pipe and have gone to the stihl TS 400 Cutquik for pipe over 2".

  6. Green Sweep

    Green Sweep LawnSite Senior Member
    Male, from Pittsburgh, PA
    Messages: 322

    Cordless Milwaukee (The Hatchet) Sawzall for 2" PVC & up.
  7. PurpHaze

    PurpHaze LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,496

    Our Klein rachet cutters work for pipe up to 1-1/4" in size. Then we can either use our Lennox PVC/ABS hand saws on pipe larger than that. They come in two lengths and we use both depending on pipe size. We also use a DeWalt sawz-all on larger pipe depending on what we're doing. If we're cutting away larger pipe in the ground we'll often use the DeWalt to make the first cuts. Then we'll use the hand saws to perform the final straight cuts if the cut has wandered. This often happens when the pipe is bowed or under some other type of pressure.

    One thing you have to be careful about with a sawz-all is that until you get good with it the cuts can wander, not creating a very straight cut. If the pipe is cold and unbraced there is also the chance of having the last bit of pipe break off. We use a Lennox "Fire & Rescue" blade with ours as it seems to have the best tooth pattern for our needs.
  8. NC_Irrigator

    NC_Irrigator LawnSite Bronze Member
    from NC
    Messages: 1,445

    rex wheeler 5290 1/2" - 1 1/4" ratching pvc cutter. the blades are outstanding. perfect square cuts every time.

    ive also tried Ridgid brand ratcheting cutters, ......horrible. World known for their pipe wrenches, ive got two offset aluminum ones in the truck dont get me wrong.

    And my opinion on the saw zaw, why pay 200 bucks or better for a cordless saw? ok try a souix chief brand hand saw, blows that lennox crap out of the water.


  9. NC_Irrigator

    NC_Irrigator LawnSite Bronze Member
    from NC
    Messages: 1,445

  10. PurpHaze

    PurpHaze LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,496

    We don't have the Sioux Chief here but the Lennox crap has worked pretty well for us. :clapping:

    You screwed me up on my Sioux spelling. I grew up on Sioux Rd. in Westminster, CA in a tract called the Indian Village. It was one of the words that I always knew how to spell since I was quite young. :laugh:

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