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#102781 - 11/19/06 09:00 PM Conduit Cutter  
RobbieD  Offline
Joined: Feb 2003
Posts: 231
Hey, has anyone used that EMT cutter that greenlee makes. It cuts 1/2 & 3/4 EMT. I was thinking about buying one but I thought I would ask around first. If anyone has used one let me know if it works good and if you would recommend it. thanks

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#102782 - 11/20/06 08:41 AM Re: Conduit Cutter  
ghost307  Offline
Joined: May 2005
Posts: 921
Chicago Illinois USA
I've been using one of these things for years now.
It gives me a nice square cut every time, although it takes a bit longer to ream out the inside.
BUT...I got a pipe tubing cutter from the bix box store when it was on sale, not the one from Greenlee.
Greenlee makes very good stuff; but I don't see a point in paying for their nameplate on something that everyone who sells plumbing supplies has on the shelf.


#102783 - 11/20/06 11:48 AM Re: Conduit Cutter  
mikesh  Offline
Joined: Jun 2006
Posts: 613
Victoria, BC, Canada
I have never used a tubing cutter on EMT because of the burr. The ad calls it a conduit cutter and the CEC does not call EMT conduit. EMT is tubing. Ridgid is conduit so I am not even sure about that. In the Greenlee ad it also states that the cutting wheel is designed to prevent cutting through so as to prevent making a burr. Your plumbers tubing cutter would require some time with a file or reamer to get rid of the burr.
For Emt a Hacksaw is best.

#102784 - 11/20/06 04:49 PM Re: Conduit Cutter  
RobbieD  Offline
Joined: Feb 2003
Posts: 231
Thanks Guys. I guess I will have to buy this EMT Conduit Cutter and give it a go. I know that you aren't supposed to cut EMT with a regular pipe cutter, from the description of this tool it is specifically designed to cut EMT. Probably will save some time, I know using a hacksaw doesn't take long but this cutter looks pretty neat.

#102785 - 11/20/06 04:58 PM Re: Conduit Cutter  
Sandro  Offline
Joined: Dec 2001
Posts: 444
Stoney Creek, ON, Canada
We've made the jump, er leap, to power cutting tools. First it was the sawzall, but now its the Panasonic Metal Cutter.

Cuts conduit of all sizes and great for uni-strut too.

Hack saw? I used to own one. [Linked Image]

#102786 - 11/21/06 08:16 AM Re: Conduit Cutter  
steve ancient apprentice  Offline
Joined: Mar 2005
Posts: 169
west springfield,mass
Have never tried this tool but after years of struggleing with cutting emt with a hacksaw I put a metal cutting blade on the cordless circular saw. Works so much faster, no burrs hardley at all and no struggleing. I finally convinced my old boss of this and now the hacksaw is still probably in the tool box collecting rust.

#102787 - 11/22/06 12:17 AM Re: Conduit Cutter  
JJM  Offline
Joined: Oct 2005
Posts: 100
Metal cutting saw is the way to go...

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You're talking about 10 seconds from the time you cut the EMT (or RMC) to the time you finish reaming it out with a standard Ridgid reamer... no lip and very little burring.

When I want to create some fireworks, I use a chop saw, similar to above but with a grinding wheel. Tool is cheaper, but it tends to create burn marks on the conduit. Usually the connector or LB covers it, but sometimes it shows and doesn't look nice.

Worst case scenario is a plain 'ole grinding wheel, but I can never seem to make straight cuts... something to be said about all these fancy tools taking some of the "finer" workman skills away.

One of those cutters or a hacksaw... not for me!


#102788 - 11/22/06 05:07 AM Re: Conduit Cutter  
iwire  Offline
Joined: Jan 2003
Posts: 4,391
North Attleboro, MA USA
Joe you gotta change with the times. [Linked Image] [Linked Image]

That saw is the 'guerrilla method'.

Sure a chop saw has its place but I am faster with a hand held band saw.

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No sparks, very quite and almost no reaming to do.

Not many of the occupied building I work in can put up with a chop saw. Many of the GCs we work with would require a "Hot Work" permit to use a chop saw.

The hand held metal cutting circular saws do work great.

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[This message has been edited by iwire (edited 11-22-2006).]

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#102789 - 11/22/06 06:48 AM Re: Conduit Cutter  
Eddy Current  Offline
Joined: Sep 2006
Posts: 111
I am faster with a hand held band saw.

I agree, porta-bans rock!

#102790 - 11/22/06 06:18 PM Re: Conduit Cutter  
Sandro  Offline
Joined: Dec 2001
Posts: 444
Stoney Creek, ON, Canada
iwire...Milwaukee cordless? yeesh. Not sure about their metal cutter, but the V28 line of drills isn't very durable. Consumer Reports just did a second test on several V28 drills (a few months ago they did a first test of several drills and burned them out easily) and they still burn out when the going gets tough.

I'll stick with the Panny. [Linked Image] 2&cachePartner=7000000000000005702

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