Pipe Cutting and Cracking

Steve Vick International manufacture a range of pipe cutters and crackers, all of which are available to buy or hire. Pipe cutting is also offered to the nuclear decommissioning sector as a contract service.

Rapid Window Cutter

Rapid Window Cutter

Rapid Window Cutter

Ductile iron is notoriously problematic because it cannot be broken out like cast iron. The Rapid Window Cutter solves this problem.

It is a hand held tool designed for precise, fast cutting of windows in abandoned or inserted ductile mains, without damaging the previously inserted PE.

The new design introduces a revolutionary alternative to established methods, typically cutting a window on 100mm/4” ductile iron in under 10 minutes.

Easy to operate, the cutter simply connects to the onsite compressor. A single operative can then engage the trigger, lower the blade and glide the unit along the main. The operator can pivot the chassis easily to change from circumferential to longitudinal cuts.

Since its development the Rapid Window Cutter has won first place in the Best Gas Improvement Category at The UK Energy Innovation Awards 2015; both Steve Vick International and Wales and West Utilities are extremely proud of this achievement.

Benefits:

  • Fast: A typical size window is cut in less than 15 minutes – 50% faster than traditional equipment
  • Safe: The cutting disc is mounted well away from operator’s hand; automatic emergency cut-off on trigger handle
  • Cost effective: Available to hire, purchase or carried out as a Contract service
  • Easy to use: Compact, lightweight and simple to operate – one man operation
  • Precise: Depth control discs prevent damage to inserted PE; Ideal for use in Live Mains Insertion and dead insertion projects
  • Clean: No water is needed resulting in a cleaner trench
  • Adaptable: Designed to be compact, no need to dig under main
  • Air powered: Uses on-site compressor, avoiding need for extra power source

Downloads & Video

Rapid Window Cutter Demonstration

Rapid Rotary Cutter

The Rapid Rotary Cutter

The Rapid Rotary Cutter

The Steve Vick International Rapid Rotary Cutter offers a solution to the problems associated with making circumferential cuts in ductile iron.

The Rapid Rotary Cutter is an air powered tool designed to circumferentially cut ductile iron mains. It is able to cut a 4″ ductile iron main in approximately 2 minutes without damaging any internal primary pipes.

The Rapid Rotary Cutter comprises two aluminium shells, with an air motor on the top shell, that interlink around the perimeter of the main. Using minimum effort the operator can rotate the unit 360° by hand, to give a very precise circumferential cut.

Benefits:

  • Fast: Extremely quick cutting time – approximately 2 minutes to cut a 4” ductile iron main
  • Versatile: Ideal for use in Live Mains Insertion and dead insertion projects
  • Quick assembly: The two shells are connected over the main in seconds
  • Adaptable: One unit for all three sizes using different frames; 75mm/100mm, 150mm and 200mm (3”/4”, 6” and 8”)
  • Easy to use: Compact, lightweight and simple to use – one man operation
  • Convenient: Needs smaller trench than traditional cutters – less than 10cm clearance needed around the main
  • Safe: The cutting blade is mounted away from operator’s hand
  • Precise: Depth control discs prevent damage to inserted PE
  • Clean: No need for water when cutting ductile resulting in cleaner trench

Downloads & Video

Rapid Rotary Cutter Demonstration

Keel Cutter

Keel Cutter onsite

Keel Cutter onsite

Steve Vick International Keel Cutters are designed to cut steel, cast iron, concrete, plastic and other pipe materials up to 1500mm diameter.

The machines are driven by hydraulic power allowing the blade to track automatically around the circumference of the pipe wall and underwater if necessary.

Benefits:

  • Cutter automatically tracks around the pipe
  • Cuts steel, cast iron, ductile iron, asbestos*, cement and plastic pipe
  • Fast cutting time – typicaly 8 minutes to cut a 300mm diameter cast iron pipe
  • Only 200mm to 250mm clearance required (depending on model)
  • Works in water if required
  • Different blades available for different pipe material (diamond, tungsten carbide tipped etc)
  • Lightweight – easy to set up and operate
  • Comes with tool kit and security box

* Please note: If a hired Keel Cutter is to be used on asbestos, the customer must pay for special cleaning which can be arranged by Steve Vick International if required

Downloads & Video

Keel Cutter - Set up
Keel Cutter Demonstration

MACAW Pipe Crackers

MACAW Pipe Crackers

MACAW Pipe Crackers

By using the MACAW crackers, common safety and labour intensive issues are eliminated as the operative is not required to be near the breaking main during operation – once connected to the excavator, the entire operation is carried out from the safety of the cab.

Benefits:

  • Safer and faster than using a ‘podger bar’ or sledge hammer
  • Does not require access around the whole circumference of the pipe
  • Controlled pressure applied – suitable on abandoned and inserted mains, without damaging internal PE
  • Easy to operate—highly manoeuvrable
  • Various power source options available to accommodate site conditions
  • Quick set up
  • Ideal for use with Live Mains Insertion

Downloads & Video

For further details please contact Rich Ditte:

07768 811580

rich.ditte@stevevick.com

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