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Old 08-13-2011, 10:55 PM
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Exhaust tubing cutter, must have tool!

This is one of those tools that you may not use often, but when you do, it is priceless! I haven't used it in a long time, it was in the bottom of my tool box at work. I brought it home because I had to splice the pipe together on the Rambler. HOLY CRAP was it handy! I had the muffler shop make me a foot long piece of pipe with a "jog" in it to line up the pipe. I cut a long piece off the muffler to the new piece would slip in side then cut this short piece off the head pipe and butt welded it there. The whole thing was done in minutes thanks to this pipe cutting tool I got from the SnapOn man years ago. It makes a nice straight cut absolutely effortlessly. Thinking of what I would have done without it makes my head hurt. There are many different versions, the part number of this one is TC90A (click here).

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Old 08-18-2011, 10:26 AM
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Those have been used in the plumbing industry for years. They work awesome. Gut through cast iron drainage pipe like butter. Must work wonderfully on exhaust pipe
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Haven't seen one of them since I did my stint at the local garage @# years ago. They work well. (Of course, so does my Sawzall )

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Old 08-18-2011, 11:17 AM
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However, if you are like me and can't cut a straight line with a hacksaw you sure as heck can't cut one with a sawsall! It is a running gag with my brother and I how I simply can't cut a friggin straight line in a piece of tubing or something with a hack saw! So this tool is a no brainer for me.

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However, if you are like me and can't cut a straight line with a hacksaw you sure as heck can't cut one with a sawsall! It is a running gag with my brother and I how I simply can't cut a friggin straight line in a piece of tubing or something with a hack saw! So this tool is a no brainer for me.

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I very carefully lay out my cut lines using masking tape on at least three sides. At which point I pick up my cutting tool of choice and attempt to follow that set of markings. After doing the frame mod for the '32 style gas tank then building my exhaust system have gotten to the point of excellence where I can cut straight at least 50% of the time. Often a couple percent more. The other 48-50% - you really don't want to know about those cuts but I can say that with a straight face (well kinda) at one time I kept the recycle station steel scrap bin well stocked

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I'm pretty handy with a sawzall too but I sure wish I had one of those when I replaced all the cast drain pipe in my house.I looked everywhere for one of those cutters,ended up using an electric side grinder with big cutting wheel ,it worked but it was slooooow and all the sparks were pretty scary when your surrounded by 50 yr old wood,not to mention the big wheel wont fit with the gaurd on,I wore welding gloves and prayed.
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However, if you are like me and can't cut a straight line with a hacksaw you sure as heck can't cut one with a sawsall! It is a running gag with my brother and I how I simply can't cut a friggin straight line in a piece of tubing or something with a hack saw! So this tool is a no brainer for me.

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I have had to fight through under the car cuts, that would be really nice to have in the tool box.
There are times the sawzall won't fit where the cut needs to be.
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I'm pretty handy with a sawzall too but I sure wish I had one of those when I replaced all the cast drain pipe in my house.I looked everywhere for one of those cutters,ended up using an electric side grinder with big cutting wheel ,it worked but it was slooooow and all the sparks were pretty scary when your surrounded by 50 yr old wood,not to mention the big wheel wont fit with the gaurd on,I wore welding gloves and prayed.
When I did my bathroom remodel last summer I found that car tools made some great house tools. I ran an air hose over to the house and used my die grinder with a cut off disc a lot. My Matco hot rod die grinder with the swivel head on it was a life saver!

Then when I leveled my floor I used my 8" orbital ND 900. The friggin paint dept would have accepted that floor for primer it was so flat! LOL

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LOL ,I used my 8" DA too when I refinished my wood floors.It was a little rough on my knees so I got my grandson to help,10 yr olds work pretty cheap...They'll do just about anything for the latest vidio game. just dont play loser sands....
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Exhaust tubing cutter is indeed a very important tool that everyone must have. You can't realize how essential it is until you come to the point of need for it. So better have your own for future use.
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We used them all the time at the old shop i worked at and they still use one there now even after all these years.



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