Pipecutting for Rent

Pipe cutters are typically the fastest and most convenient way of getting a clean cut on a pipe. There are many types and sizes of pipe cutters, including power and manual cutters. Thinner pipes can be cut by using plastic tubing cutters. For thicker pipes, cutters with adjustable jaw grips work best and usually use repeated rotation to tighten and cut all the way through. Regardless of your pipe cutting needs, United Rentals has the tools to help you get the job done.

 

FAQs about Pipecutting

What types of pipe cutters are available for use?

  • We offer pipe cutter rentals in manual, electric and soil/rotary soil varieties.

How are pipe cutters used?

  • Typically, the cutters are affixed to the piping and mechanized for cutting, utilizing a rotational force application. As you may imagine, there are varying processes and approaches to completing these types of tasks. We recommend contacting our United Rentals specialists for inquiries regarding specific equipment uses.

Can you cut different types of piping with pipe cutters?

  • Yes, various types of piping can be cut with the proper cutting tools. You just need the right fit for your job. Look here for more information on pipe cutting approaches.
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Cat Class Code
500-2710

Clamshell Pipe Cutter, 10 in., Pneumatic Powered

  • Lightweight with increased functionality in cramped spaces
  • Mounting maximum: 10.75"
  • Mounting minimum: 4.5"
  • Weighs 50 lbs.
  • Uses: Ideal for pipe cutting applications where space is at a premium
  • Add this pipe cutter to your cart now
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Cat Class Code
500-2712

Clamshell Pipe Cutter, 12 in., Pneumatic Powered

  • Increased functionality in cramped spaces
  • Mounting maximum: 12.75"
  • Mounting minimum: 6.625"
  • Weighs 56 lbs.
  • Uses: Ideal for pipe cutting applications where space is at a premium
  • Add this pipe cutter to your cart now
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Cat Class Code
500-2714

Clamshell Pipe Cutter, 14 in., Pneumatic Powered

  • Increased functionality in cramped spaces
  • Mounting maximum: 14"
  • Mounting minimum: 8.625"
  • Weighs 63 lbs.
  • Uses: Ideal for pipe cutting applications where space is at a premium
  • Add this pipe cutter to your cart now
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Cat Class Code
500-2716

Clamshell Pipe Cutter, 16 in., Pneumatic Powered

  • Increased functionality in cramped spaces
  • Mounting maximum: 16"
  • Mounting minimum: 10.625"
  • Weighs 70 lbs.
  • Uses: Ideal for pipe cutting applications where space is at a premium
  • Add this pipe cutter to your cart now
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Cat Class Code
500-2718

Clamshell Pipe Cutter, 18 in., Pneumatic Powered

  • Increased functionality in cramped spaces
  • Mounting maximum: 18"
  • Mounting minimum: 12.75"
  • Weighs 75 lbs.
  • Uses: Ideal for pipe cutting applications where space is at a premium
  • Add this pipe cutter to your cart now
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Cat Class Code
500-2720

Clamshell Pipe Cutter, 20 in., Pneumatic Powered

  • Increased functionality in cramped spaces
  • Mounting maximum: 20"
  • Mounting minimum: 14"
  • Weighs 83 lbs.
  • Uses: Ideal for pipe cutting applications where space is at a premium
  • Add this pipe cutter to your cart now
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Cat Class Code
500-2724

Clamshell Pipe Cutter, 24 in., Pneumatic Powered

  • Increased functionality in cramped spaces
  • Mounting maximum: 24"
  • Mounting minimum: 18"
  • Weighs 98 lbs.
  • Uses: Ideal for pipe cutting applications where space is at a premium
  • Add this pipe cutter to your cart now
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Cat Class Code
500-2706

Clamshell Pipe Cutter, 6 in., Pneumatic Powered

  • Lightweight with increased functionality in cramped spaces
  • Mounting maximum: 6.625"
  • Mounting minimum: 2.375"
  • Weighs 37 lbs.
  • Uses: Ideal for pipe cutting applications where space is at a premium
  • Add this pipe cutter to your cart now
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Cat Class Code
500-2708

Clamshell Pipe Cutter, 8 in., Pneumatic Powered

  • Lightweight with increased functionality in cramped spaces
  • Mounting maximum: 8.625"
  • Mounting minimum: 3.5"
  • Weighs 43 lbs.
  • Uses: Ideal for pipe cutting applications where space is at a premium
  • Add this pipe cutter to your cart now
Cat Class Code
500-1275

Hydraulic Pipe Cutter, 24 in.

  • 24" range
  • Delivers clean cuts much easier and more efficiently than other tools thanks to its hydraulic pumps
  • Allows operators to cut through larger-diameter pipes
  • Like hand cutters, this hydralic pipe cutter does not need to be rotated around pipe
  • Uses: Ideal for providing clean, professional-grade cuts efficiently and at low cost
  • Add this pipe cutter to your cart now
Cat Class Code
500-1270

Manual Pipe Cutter, 10-14 in.

  • 10-14 in. range
  • Delivers clean cuts easier and more efficiently than other tools like hacksaws
  • Can be used in confined spaces
  • Lightweight and easy to transport
  • Uses: Ideal for providing clean, professional-grade cuts efficiently and at low cost
  • Add this pipe cutter to your cart now
Cat Class Code
500-1272

Manual Pipe Cutter, 16-18 in.

  • 16-18 in. range
  • Delivers clean cuts easier and more efficiently than other tools like hacksaws
  • Can be used in confined spaces
  • Lightweight and easy to transport
  • Uses: Ideal for providing clean, professional-grade cuts efficiently and at low cost
  • Add this pipe cutter to your cart now
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Cat Class Code
500-2007

Milling Gun Ground Hog 1/2"-2 1/4"

  • Self-centering torque-free operation
  • Rigidly mounts to tube I.D., easy to release
  • Sealed construction allows use in any orientation
  • Produces a smooth, continuous chip
  • Permanently attached clamps and wrenches
  • Compact, low-maintenance end prep tool
  • Performs any angle of beve
  • Steel housing with integral radial-thrust ball bearing
  • Chatter-free cutter blade locking design
  • Uses Tin coated cutter blades
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Cat Class Code
500-2005

Milling Gun, 3/4 in. to 4-1/2 in.

  • Mounts rigidly to produce a clean, continuous chip
  • Requires no cutting lubricant
  • Simultaneously bevels, faces, and bores
  • Lightweight and requires no special training
  • Uses: Bevels, faces, and bores stainless steel and other highly alloyed tubing; ideal for limited access areas
  • Add this milling gun to your cart now
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Cat Class Code
500-2006

Milling Gun, 5/8 in. to 3 in.

  • Patented, self-centering, push-pull clamp and release mechanisms; has permanently attached wrenches
  • Only 2-1/4" wide
  • Rugged with torque-free operation
  • Produces a thick chip without cutting oils
  • Uses: Bevels, faces, and bores stainless steel and other highly alloyed tubing
  • Add this milling gun to your cart now
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Cat Class Code
500-1170

Pipe Cutter Hinged, 2 in. to 4 in., Manual

  • Pipe capacity 2"-4"
  • Heavy-duty and reliable construction
  • Efficient and easy to use
  • Closed 360-degree frame
  • Uses: Ideal for cutting cast and ductile iron, steel, and stainless steel in the shop or field
  • Add this pipe cutter to your cart now
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Cat Class Code
500-1175

Pipe Cutter Hinged, 4 in. to 6 in., Manual

  • Pipe capacity 4"-6"
  • Heavy-duty and reliable construction
  • Efficient and easy to use
  • Closed 360-degree frame
  • Uses: Ideal for cutting cast and ductile iron, steel, and stainless steel in the shop or field
  • Add this pipe cutter to your cart now
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Cat Class Code
500-1182

Pipe Cutter Hinged, 6 in. to 8 in., Manual

  • Pipe capacity 6"-8"
  • Heavy-duty and reliable construction
  • Efficient and easy to use
  • Closed 360-degree frame
  • Uses: Ideal for cutting cast and ductile iron, steel, and stainless steel in the shop or field
  • Add this pipe cutter to your cart now
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Cat Class Code
500-1186

Pipe Cutter Hinged, 8 in. to 12 in., Manual

  • Pipe capacity 8"-12"
  • Heavy-duty and reliable construction
  • Efficient and easy to use
  • Closed 360-degree frame
  • Uses: Ideal for cutting cast and ductile iron, steel, and stainless steel in the shop or field
  • Add this pipe cutter to your cart now
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Cat Class Code
500-1246

Pipe Cutter, 1 in. to 2 in., Manual

  • Pipe capacity 1"-2"
  • Heavy-duty and reliable construction
  • Efficient and easy to use
  • Hinged pipe cutters available
  • Uses: Ideal for cutting cast and ductile iron, steel, and stainless steel in the shop or field
  • Add this pipe cutter to your cart now
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Cat Class Code
500-1245

Pipe Cutter, 1/8 in. to 2 in., Manual

  • Pipe capacity 1/8"-2"
  • Heavy-duty and reliable construction
  • Efficient and easy to use
  • Hinged pipe cutters available
  • Uses: Ideal for cutting cast and ductile iron, steel, and stainless steel in the shop or field
  • Add this pipe cutter to your cart now
Handheld Pipe Cutter
Cat Class Code
500-1250

Pipe Cutter, 2 in. to 4 in., Manual

  • Pipe capacity 2"-4"
  • Heavy-duty and reliable construction
  • Efficient and easy to use
  • Hinged pipe cutters available
  • Uses: Ideal for cutting cast and ductile iron, steel, and stainless steel in the shop or field
  • Add this pipe cutter to your cart now
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Cat Class Code
500-0073

Pipe Cutter, 2-1/2 in. to 8 in., Powered

  • Strong components can handle 2-1/2"-8" pipe
  • Tabletop design
  • Easy to set up and use
  • Efficient electric power
  • Uses: Ideal for cutting cast and ductile iron, steel, and stainless steel in the shop or field
  • Add this pipe cutter to your cart now
Pipe Cutter
Cat Class Code
500-1255

Pipe Cutter, 4 in. to 6 in., Manual

  • Pipe capacity 4"-6"
  • Heavy-duty and reliable construction
  • Efficient and easy to use
  • Hinged pipe cutters available
  • Uses: Ideal for cutting cast and ductile iron, steel, and stainless steel in the shop or field
  • Add this pipe cutter to your cart now
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Cat Class Code
500-2950

Pipe Cutter, Heavy-duty, 1 in. to 3 in., Manual

  • Pipe capacity 1"-3"
  • Heavy-duty and reliable construction
  • Efficient and easy to use
  • Hinged pipe cutters available
  • Uses: Ideal for cutting cast and ductile iron, steel, and stainless steel in the shop or field
  • Add this pipe cutter to your cart now
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Cat Class Code
500-2952

Pipe Cutter, Heavy-duty, 1/2 in. to 2 in., Four-wheel

  • Pipe capacity 1/2"-2"
  • Heavy-duty and reliable four-wheel construction
  • Efficient and easy to use
  • Designed to work in narrow areas
  • Uses: Ideal for cutting cast and ductile iron, steel, and stainless steel in the shop or field
  • Add this pipe cutter to your cart now
Four Wheel Pipe Cutter
Cat Class Code
500-2954

Pipe Cutter, Heavy-duty, 1/8 in. to 2 in., Four-wheel

  • Pipe capacity 1/8"-2"
  • Heavy-duty and reliable four-wheel construction
  • Efficient and easy to use
  • Designed to work in narrow areas
  • Uses: Ideal for cutting cast and ductile iron, steel, and stainless steel in the shop or field
  • Add this pipe cutter to your cart now
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Cat Class Code
500-2958

Pipe Cutter, Heavy-duty, 2 in. to 4 in., Manual

  • Pipe capacity 2"-4"
  • Heavy-duty and reliable construction
  • Efficient and easy to use
  • Hinged pipe cutters available
  • Uses: Ideal for cutting cast and ductile iron, steel, and stainless steel in the shop or field
  • Add this pipe cutter to your cart now
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Cat Class Code
500-2956

Pipe Cutter, Heavy-duty, 2-1/2 in. to 4 in., Four-wheel

  • Pipe capacity 2-1/2"-4"
  • Heavy-duty and reliable four-wheel construction
  • Efficient and easy to use
  • Designed to work in narrow areas
  • Uses: Ideal for cutting cast and ductile iron, steel, and stainless steel in the shop or field
  • Add this pipe cutter to your cart now
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Cat Class Code
500-2028

Pipe Reamer, 1/4 in. to 2 in.

  • Designed for manual reaming
  • Remove burrs or holes
  • 1/4" to 2" gauge pipe or conduit
  • United Rentals will contact you to confirm requirements
  • Uses: Designed to manually remove burrs or holes from inside pipes or metal tubes 1/4" to 2"
  • Add this pipe reamer to your cart now
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Cat Class Code
500-2035

Pipe Reamer, Manual

  • Designed for manual reaming
  • Remove burrs or holes
  • Pipe gauge capacity varies
  • United Rentals will contact you to confirm requirements
  • Uses: Designed to manually remove burrs or holes from inside pipes or metal tubes
  • Add this pipe reamer to your cart now
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Cat Class Code
500-2033

Pipe Reamer, Spiral Ratchet, 1/8 in. to 2 in.

  • Designed for manual reaming, self-feeding spiral design for fast reaming
  • Remove burrs or holes
  • 1/8" to 2" gauge pipe or conduit
  • United Rentals will contact you to confirm requirements
  • Uses: Designed to manually remove burrs or holes from inside pipes or metal tubes 1/8" to 2"
  • Add this spiral pipe reamer to your cart now
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Cat Class Code
500-2032

Pipe Reamer, Spiral Ratchet, 2 1/2 in. to 4 in.

  • Designed for manual reaming, self-feeding spiral design for fast reaming
  • Remove burrs or holes
  • 2-1/2" to 4" gauge pipe or conduit
  • United Rentals will contact you to confirm requirements
  • Uses: Designed to manually remove burrs or holes from inside pipes or metal tubes 2-1/2" to 4"
  • Add this spiral pipe reamer to your cart now
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Cat Class Code
500-1196

Rotary Pipe Cutter, 10 in. to 14 in., Manual

  • Strong components can handle 10"-14" pipe
  • Spoked frame design allows for multiple handle attachment positions
  • Cuts medium diameter pipe squarely
  • United Rentals will contact you to confirm cutter wheel requirements
  • Uses: Ideal for cold-cutting cast and ductile iron, steel, and stainless steel pipes in the shop or field
  • Add this rotary pipe cutter to your cart now
Cat Class Code
500-1197

Rotary Pipe Cutter, 20 in.

  • 20" range
  • Delivers clean cuts easier and more efficiently than other tools like hacksaws
  • Can be used in confined spaces
  • Lightweight and easy to transport
  • Uses: Ideal for providing clean, professional-grade cuts efficiently and at low cost
  • Add this pipe cutter to your cart now
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Cat Class Code
500-1198

Rotary Pipe Cutter, 24 in.

  • 24" range
  • Delivers clean cuts easier and more efficiently than other tools like hacksaws
  • Can be used in confined spaces
  • Lightweight and easy to transport
  • Uses: Ideal for providing clean, professional-grade cuts efficiently and at low cost
  • Add this pipe cutter to your cart now
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Cat Class Code
500-1191

Rotary Pipe Cutter, 5 in. to 8 in., Manual

  • Strong components can handle 5"-8" pipe
  • Spoked frame design allows for multiple handle attachment positions
  • Cuts medium diameter pipe squarely
  • United Rentals will contact you to confirm cutter wheel requirements
  • Uses: Ideal for cold-cutting cast and ductile iron, steel, and stainless steel pipes in the shop or field
  • Add this rotary pipe cutter to your cart now
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Cat Class Code
500-1224

Rotary Soil Pipe Cutter, 1-1/2 in. to 6 in., Ratchet Type

  • Strong components can handle 1-1/2"-6" pipe
  • Long-handle ratchet for increased leverage
  • Cuts medium diameter pipe squarely
  • United Rentals will contact you to confirm cutter wheel requirements
  • Uses: Ideal for cold-cutting clay, cast-iron clay, or cement pipes in the shop or field
  • Add this rotary pipe cutter to your cart now
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Cat Class Code
500-1223

Soil Pipe Cutter, 1 1/2 in. to 6 in., Snap Type

  • Strong components can handle 1-1/2"-6" pipe
  • Long-handle ratchet for increased leverage
  • Cuts medium diameter pipe squarely
  • United Rentals will contact you to confirm cutter wheel requirements
  • Uses: Ideal for cold cutting clay, cast-iron clay, or cement pipes in the shop or in the field
  • Add this pipe cutter to your cart now
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Cat Class Code
500-1230

Soil Pipe Cutter, 6 in.

  • Strong components can handle 6" pipe
  • Long-handle ratchet for increased leverage
  • Cuts medium diameter pipe squarely
  • United Rentals will contact you to confirm cutter wheel requirements
  • Uses: Ideal for cold cutting clay, cast-iron clay, or cement pipes in the shop or in the field
  • Add this pipe cutter to your cart now
FAQs

How to Choose the Right Pipe Cutter to Rent

Expand the sections below for information on choosing the right pipe cutter for your next project.

What type of pipe do you need to cut?

Choosing the right pipe cutter rental starts with knowing what type of pipe you need to cut. The right tool will help you get a clean, square cut, which makes it easier to fit the pipe correctly. Avoid multitools, which don’t cut any type of pipe especially well.

Cutting copper pipe

Use a wheeled pipe cutter to cut copper. The tool gets its name from the wheels that slice around the pipe. Pipe cutters for smaller copper pipes have two wheels, while pipe cutters for larger pipes typically have four or more wheels.

Copper piping is used in water supply and drain lines and in refrigerant lines in HVAC systems.

Cutting steel pipe and cutting iron pipe

Pipes made of iron or steel are stronger than copper pipes and generally larger. A hinged pipe cutter will cut through them cleanly. For larger 4-inch to 6-inch pipe, rent a heavy-duty manual pipe cutter. Slicing iron or steel can be physically draining work, so consider a powered pipe cutter if you have a lot of pipe to cut.

Iron and galvanized steel pipes are common in the plumbing systems of older homes. Steel is used in vehicle exhaust pipes and muffler condensation pipes.

Cutting waste pipe

Pipes that carry waste, also known as soil pipes, are often made from cement, clay or cast iron. You’ll need a soil pipe cutter, also called a snap cutter, to cut these pipes properly. These cutters have a chain with cutting discs. A cast iron pipe snap cutter rental is ideal for cutting cast iron, but cast iron can also be cut with a hack saw, reciprocating saw or angle grinder.

Septic tank lines and older city sewer lines often use these materials.

Cutting PVC and PEX pipes

Some handheld manual cutters are inexpensive and are typically purchased, not rented. These include PVC cutters and PEX cutters.

Cutting PVC pipes

You can cut PVC with a hacksaw or a PVC cutter. Take the time to line up a clean, square cut. When trimming PVC, don’t cut the pipe when it’s cold. The plastic becomes brittle at lower temperatures, which can lead to cracking.

PVC piping is used in sewer, water and irrigation systems.

Cutting PEX pipe

To cut pipes made of PEX (cross-linked polyethylene, a type of flexible plastic), you’ll need a PEX cutter. These tools, which look like pliers, have a razor edge designed to cut through the soft tubing in one pinch, leaving a straight edge.

PEX pipes are used in water supply systems, especially in new residential construction.

Rent a reamer to finish the job

Once you’ve made your cut, ream or smooth the pipe to remove any imperfections or burrs from the inside surface. Even small imperfections can cause material to get stuck, eventually leading to clogs and poor performance.

Pipe reamers come in a variety of sizes, such as this manual pipe reamer designed for ¼-inch to 2-inch gauge pipe and conduit. Some manual reamers can be mounted onto a power drill. It’s important to choose one that fits the pipe you’re working with.

Don’t forget the PPE

Once you choose a pipe cutting machine rental, grab your PPE. Wear heavy-duty gloves when using a pipe cutter, which can create extremely sharp edges. Wear safety goggles or a full-face shield to protect your eyes and skin from metal shavings. Wear a long-sleeved shirt, long pants made of heavy material and steel-toed boots.