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Cutting Pipe into Post

Post by Lucky » Tue Sep 10, 2019 6:53 pm

Anybody got a quick way to cut drill pipe into post? I’ve been using a torch but it takes forever to get enough for what I need. Tomorrow I need to cut about 40 8’ post. I’m going to try a porta band again but have never had much luck getting very many before pinching and ruining a blade.



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Re: Cutting Pipe into Post

Post by kentuckyguy » Tue Sep 10, 2019 7:24 pm

Torch should be about the fastest way. I have cut a lot of pipe with a 6” grinder.
Any way you could use a chop saw?

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Re: Cutting Pipe into Post

Post by Silver » Tue Sep 10, 2019 7:53 pm

Might be you just need a bigger torch. Or crank the pressures up on what you have. Should go pretty quick.

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Re: Cutting Pipe into Post

Post by Lucky » Tue Sep 10, 2019 8:03 pm

I’m not having trouble with the torch. It’s just the drag the pipe, measure, mark, light torch, cut, turn pipe, cut 40 times that slowing me down.

I haven’t taken the time to up a table for the chop saw yet. I usually leave the pipe on the trailer and pull it off the back 8’ at a time to cut into post.

Maybe I’m just getting a little lazy. LOL

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Re: Cutting Pipe into Post

Post by M.Magis » Tue Sep 10, 2019 9:14 pm

Cold cut chop saw will cut faster than anything else. By a large margin.

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Re: Cutting Pipe into Post

Post by Silver » Tue Sep 10, 2019 10:55 pm

Lucky wrote:
Tue Sep 10, 2019 8:03 pm
I’m not having trouble with the torch. It’s just the drag the pipe, measure, mark, light torch, cut, turn pipe, cut 40 times that slowing me down.

I haven’t taken the time to up a table for the chop saw yet. I usually leave the pipe on the trailer and pull it off the back 8’ at a time to cut into post.

Maybe I’m just getting a little lazy. LOL
Oh, I see. I used to lay a few pipes on the ground to act as a pipe rack and lay the rest of the pipe across so they could roll, then mark and cut away.

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Re: Cutting Pipe into Post

Post by Lucky » Wed Sep 11, 2019 6:16 am

I built some sawhorses out of pipe yesterday to keep left overs off the ground. I’m going to try and mark several today and see how that works. I’ve tried it on the trailer but the wood floor took the chalk marks off. I might just start buying them pre-cut, cost a dollar or too more but may be worth it. It’s getting impossible to find any help these days.

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Re: Cutting Pipe into Post

Post by ohiosteve » Wed Sep 11, 2019 7:55 am

M.Magis wrote:
Tue Sep 10, 2019 9:14 pm
Cold cut chop saw will cut faster than anything else. By a large margin.
Yes a gas powered chop saw with a good blade is the ticket and I've cut a boatload of pipe. Make sure you don't catch your pant legs on fire as almost everyone does the first time they cut pipe this way.
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Re: Cutting Pipe into Post

Post by callmefence » Wed Sep 11, 2019 8:41 am

We use a chop saw. And often cut on the trailer.
Sometimes on the ground. Either way. The marks are put on the ground or the trailer. Then the tape measure is put away. It don't make a hill of beans if a post is off a couple inches either way.
I'd expect two guys to have 40 post cut ,banded and on the trailer in around a hour.
I do usually buy cut post though. Since when they are available I can buy them same price as full joints.... :cowboy:
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Re: Cutting Pipe into Post

Post by Silver » Wed Sep 11, 2019 9:37 am

I can't imagine cutting 4 1/2" drill stem with a chop saw, maybe there are better saws and blades than I have seen.

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Re: Cutting Pipe into Post

Post by Lucky » Wed Sep 11, 2019 10:55 am

I started out this morning with the torch and was able to get 17 in about an hour. The wife called and said she was freed up and offered to help so I switched to the porta band. We got 26 more in about 45 minutes. Not allot faster but much easier and less work. I have enough drops to make two more sawhorses for post to set on while cutting, I think I can move along faster by myself this way.

I’ve cut a ton of post over the last few years. I really should have found a better way sooner.

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Re: Cutting Pipe into Post

Post by 1982vett » Wed Sep 11, 2019 11:32 am

Lucky wrote:
Tue Sep 10, 2019 8:03 pm
I’m not having trouble with the torch. It’s just the drag the pipe, measure, mark, light torch, cut, turn pipe, cut 40 times that slowing me down.

I haven’t taken the time to up a table for the chop saw yet. I usually leave the pipe on the trailer and pull it off the back 8’ at a time to cut into post.

Maybe I’m just getting a little lazy. LOL
Most likely that age thing catching up to you..... :lol:
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Re: Cutting Pipe into Post

Post by Lucky » Wed Sep 11, 2019 11:33 am

callmefence wrote:
Wed Sep 11, 2019 8:41 am
We use a chop saw. And often cut on the trailer.
Sometimes on the ground. Either way. The marks are put on the ground or the trailer. Then the tape measure is put away. It don't make a hill of beans if a post is off a couple inches either way.
I'd expect two guys to have 40 post cut ,banded and on the trailer in around a hour.
I do usually buy cut post though. Since when they are available I can buy them same price as full joints.... :cowboy:
That’s pretty fast.

Have you bought any pipe from Dubose Pipe & Gate in Lometa, Tx. They advertise new 2 1/2” in 24’ joints for $1.05 a foot. It’s a little far for me to go but would be worth the drive if it’s good pipe.

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Re: Cutting Pipe into Post

Post by Lucky » Wed Sep 11, 2019 11:34 am

1982vett wrote:
Wed Sep 11, 2019 11:32 am
Lucky wrote:
Tue Sep 10, 2019 8:03 pm
I’m not having trouble with the torch. It’s just the drag the pipe, measure, mark, light torch, cut, turn pipe, cut 40 times that slowing me down.

I haven’t taken the time to up a table for the chop saw yet. I usually leave the pipe on the trailer and pull it off the back 8’ at a time to cut into post.

Maybe I’m just getting a little lazy. LOL
Most likely that age thing catching up to you..... :lol:
I think you’re right, I’m on the verge of having to admit it too myself :shock:

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Re: Cutting Pipe into Post

Post by callmefence » Wed Sep 11, 2019 12:40 pm

Lucky wrote:
Wed Sep 11, 2019 11:33 am
callmefence wrote:
Wed Sep 11, 2019 8:41 am
We use a chop saw. And often cut on the trailer.
Sometimes on the ground. Either way. The marks are put on the ground or the trailer. Then the tape measure is put away. It don't make a hill of beans if a post is off a couple inches either way.
I'd expect two guys to have 40 post cut ,banded and on the trailer in around a hour.
I do usually buy cut post though. Since when they are available I can buy them same price as full joints.... :cowboy:
That’s pretty fast.

Have you bought any pipe from Dubose Pipe & Gate in Lometa, Tx. They advertise new 2 1/2” in 24’ joints for $1.05 a foot. It’s a little far for me to go but would be worth the drive if it’s good pipe.
William dubose is a longtime personal friend of mine. I buy a lot , most of my pipe from him.
That new pipe will be either 23/8 or 25/8 structural reject pipe. It's generally very clean. It's gonna be a bit softer steel than drill stem.
Which makes it easier to cut. And is just fine for fence pipe. Drill stem will drive better through rock simply because it's stiffer and harder. I've gotta place in lometa. Let me know if you come down.
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