Tools for Cutting Galvanized Pipe

Norah Faith

Many tools are commonly used to cut galvanized piping. Before attempting to cut any galvanized piping, you should review the size of the pipe to be cut as well as its contents. Regardless of the tool used, proper eye protection must be worn at all times to prevent flying metal fragments from contacting your eyes.

Tube Cutting Tool

This small and economically-priced tool is used by plumbers to cut through smaller galvanized and copper piping. With the sharp, protruding blade, this tool allows for clean and accurate cuts in a limited space. Once the tool is placed on the material to be cut, the clamping device activates the cutting blade with the twisting vice-like clamp. Each turn puts additional pressure on the pipe, sending the sharp circular blade or cutting surface deeper into it. These effective tools are available in larger sizes as well.


The hacksaw is one of the most versatile tools in any tool box. It can cut through small and large pipes with repetitive saw motions that can be tiring and time-consuming. With a pistol grip handle and the capacity to cut at an angle, the hacksaw quickly adapts to all cutting situations. Special blades are available for galvanized pipe as well as other materials.

Reciprocating Saws

For larger projects, the reciprocating saw in combination with specially-designed metal-cutting blades is ideal. These saws are frequently used in large demolition projects, and are available with or without a cord. The battery-powered, or cordless saw allows for continual operation without having to find an electrical outlet. These tools are efficient and easy to handle, and alleviate the strain of repetitive sawing motion. Reciprocating saws are versatile, with quick-changing blades designed for a variety of uses, from metal- to wood-cutting and beyond.

Battery-Powered Grinders

Battery powered grinders are another efficient way to cut pipes of all sizes and material density. With the correct abrasive wheel, these compact grinders easily cut through pipes ranging in size from one inch to over 3 inches in diameter. Many sizes are available, each designed for a specific purpose. Sizing a grinder for a job is extremely important to reduce wear on the operator and prevention of injury. For larger projects, gas-powered grinders/cutters are available that efficiently and quickly cut through metal of all sizes and density. These are often used by fire departments for extraction of automobile-accident victims when the doors of the vehicle are smashed shut.