How To Cut Soil Pipe Sander and Grinder Reviews

How To Cut Soil Pipe: Pro Plumbing Tips

Cutting in-place soil pipes might be an unpleasant job but it doesn’t have to be difficult. All of these methods work, other things being equal, but soil pipe access might eliminate some of them. The age and condition of the pipe might affect the method you use for cutting soil pipe as well. How much of a mess each process makes might determine your choice as well. But, we’re willing to bet that at least one of these options will work for you. Here are 4 suggestions for how to cut soil pipe.


How To Cut Soil Pipe

Soil Pipe or Snap Cutters

This tool is designed specifically for the job. It uses a chain with cutting rollers that score the pipe. While progressively tightening around the pipe, the cut is made. Some Pros occasionally cause a lengthwise crack in the pipe while using snap cutters. However, this is a sign that the pipe is defective or degraded, and that it should be replaced. Keep the cutting wheels spinning and the chain rust-free to guarantee good cuts. Manual snap cutters’ long handles may not fit in tight spaces, but there are some smaller versions available.

How To Cut Soil Pipe

Recip Saws

A reciprocating saw with a diamond blade can get the job done with a clean cut, but don’t schedule an early tee time. Reciprocating saws cut slowly, and the blades are expensive. However, there are a couple of thick metal cutting blades available now that will cut faster and last longer.

How To Cut Soil Pipe


Pros often cut soil pipe with grinders using highly abrasive discs. It’s hard to go wrong with a grinder for a clean, speedy cut. Although the cut will be clean with a grinder, it’s likely that the surrounding area won’t be. Dust and spray can quickly make a mess of the area. But, a grinder is a handy tool for many other applications, too, and it’s likely that you’ll have one available. If the idea of getting messy doesn’t cause you to panic, the angle grinder might be the best option.

How To Cut Soil Pipe

Easy for this guy to say – the pipe isn’t in the ground.


Portable Band Saw

Pros use the portable band saw less frequently. However, it certainly can fit the bill.

How To Cut Soil Pipe


Final Thoughts

The snap cutter and the grinder seem to be the most preferred tools for cutting soil pipe. When there’s not a lot of room to work or there’s very little margin for error on the pipe, many pros opt for the grinder even if it can get messy. We hope you’ve gained something from How to Cut Soil Pipe. If you’re a Pro and you have soil pipe cutting tips, add them in the comments below – or hit us up on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter.


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Harry Brunk

I use an angle grinder with a segmented diamond blade to cut soil pipe. In most cases I only have access to one side of the pipe, and I’m planning on replacing the section I cut off with schedule 40 PVC, so I start by cutting a ‘window’ in the waste section large enough to stick the grinder into. That way I can cut all the way through the 3″ or 4″ pipe from one side.

Mike Treen

Carbide tipped sawzall blade. Haven’t used a snapper since these came on the market. They are worth every penny for this application