Using a Rigid Pipe Vise Using a Rigid Pipe Vise

What You'll Need
Rigid pipe vise
Pipe

When you are trying to trim down or alter a length of pipe, you should consider using a rigid pipe vise. This is a very popular tool with people who use metal for working, as well as plumbers and others who work with large pipes on a regular basis. In order to get the best out of your rigid pipe vise, you need to know how to use it properly. There may be a lot of ways in which you can use the pipe vise in order to correctly control the pipe.

Step 1 - Fit the Pipe

You should begin by fitting the vise onto a solid surface. Something such as a worktop bench or table should be suitable. Open up the screw on the bottom of the vise, which resembles a crank. Place the open crank onto the edge of the table, and then screw it tightly against the table until the vise is held securely. You should then be able to open up the jaws of the vise until it can hold the pipe.

Step 2 - Add the Vise

Turn the T-shaped handle of the vise, and unwind it. You should first move this in a clock-wise direction until the teeth open up widely. Take the next handle on the side of the vise, and turn it around so that you can see it moving around from side to side. This handle secures the vise, and you will not be able to remove the pipe unless you use this type of vise. You can also fit the pipe into the vise.

Step 3 - Add the Pipe

Take the pipe, and push it into the gap between your pipe vise and the bottom of the vise. You will be able to see the pipe inside the vise, but it will not be secured into place. When you have finished this, you should then take the pipe, and move the T-handle until the jaws are moved downwards. You should then be able to move the pipe so that it fits into the jaw. This can then tighten the mouth of the vise until the pipe is held securely in position.

Step 4 - Work with the Pipe

You can now take the saw, or the threader, and start adjusting the pipe according to the needs of your machine. Move the saw until it is has taken off the pipe which is not wanted, and then lift up the T-handle on the pipe. This will allow you to remove the piece of pipe from the pipe vise, and lift it out of position. You can then remove the pipe vise by unscrewing the clamp from the bottom of the tabletop, and lift up the vise. This is a very accurate way of holding your pipe completely rigid while you work on it, allowing you to make precision cuts.

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