Pipe Cutting and Cracking

Pipe Cutting & 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 water industry 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.

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.

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 12 minutes; reported to be 50% faster than traditional equipment

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.

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

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

The Rapid Rotary Cutter is an air powered tool designed to circumferentially cut ductile iron mains. It can cut a 4″ ductile iron main in approximately 2 minutes without damaging internal pipes and allowing immediate access.

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 - N600 cutting 48inch water main

Keel Cutter - N600 cutting 48inch water main

In the water industry, Keel Cutters are an essential tool when carrying out alterations and diversions – any instance where a circumferential cut is required on a main, whether or not it has already been slip lined with PE.

When fitted on the main, minimum clearance is required to allow the blade to track around the pipe delivering a clean circumferential cut in minutes. The Keel Cutters can cut steel, cast iron, ductile iron, plastic, cement and other types of pipe up to 1500mm diameter. Two models are available – please click on the technical specification below.

The Keel Cutter can also be used in preparation when welding by using a specialised bevelled angle blade.

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 - Demonstration
Keel Cutter - Set up

NEW – CRACKERJACK™

CRACKERJACK™

CRACKERJACK™

Breaking out redundant or inserted cast iron mains has always been risky as operators use a variety of hand-held tools, which are labour intensive and associated with hazards to the workforce and even to passers-by.

The alternatives – though effective and well designed – have been expensive; but Steve Vick International believe that they have the answer to this longstanding problem with the CRACKERJACK™, a manually operated mains cracker that combines performance and easy handling with low cost.

The major difference between the CRACKERJACK™ and other mechanised crackers on the market is its power source. Instead of being battery operated, the CRACKERJACK™ is operated from a standard site compressor via an air over hydraulic pump which delivers 700 bar of hydraulic pressure, plenty of power to crack cast and spun iron mains up to 6” in diameter in a couple of minutes.

The operator uses a foot pedal on the pump to open and close the jaw of the CRACKERJACK™ and is thus able to control the pressure applied so that just sufficient force is used to crack the metal.

By rotating and moving the CRACKERJACK™ along the main, the pipe can be broken out in several places to facilitate the removal of the redundant section or to gain access to an inserted PE pipe.

Benefits:

  • Fits all diameters from 3” to 6” with a simple adjustment
  • 20 tonnes of break-out force cracks a 6” main in minutes
  • Low cost compared with existing mechanical tools
  • Safe for use on inserted mains – controlled break out avoids damaging internal PE
  • Lightweight (15kg) and easy to handle
  • Set up takes moments – no need to enter the trench
  • Avoids the safety risks of using podger bars or sledge hammers
  • Minimum excavation required – needs only 75mm either side of the main
  • Ideal for Live Mains Insertion

Downloads & Video

CRACKERJACK™ - Demonstration

MACAW Pipe Cracker

MACAW Pipe Crackers

MACAW Pipe Crackers

Breaking out cast iron mains has been a long standing health and safety concern across the utilities industry. This is largely due to the labour intensive tooling available, such as a sledge hammer or ‘podger’ bar, both of which have been associated with causing injury to operatives.

Steve Vick International offers the solution with the ‘MACAW’ Pipe Cracker range, so called because its pipe cracking arms resemble the powerful beak of the South American bird! The MACAW attaches to the quick-hitch or bucket pins of a mini excavator. Controlled from the cab, and using the excavator’s hydraulic power, the operative manoeuvres the arms around the pipe and then applies sufficient pressure to crack the pipe.

The MACAW may be used on sliplined cast iron pipes if required.

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

Downloads & Video

MACAW Pipe Cracker - Demonstration

MACAW Pipe Cracker – Large Diameter Cracker

MACAW Cracker

MACAW Cracker

The MACAW, suitable for cracking 8” to 24” cast iron mains attaches to the quick-hitch or bucket pins of a mini excavator.

Designed for use with a typical 1.5 to 3 tonne mini excavator, the entire operation is controlled from the cab, using the excavator’s hydraulic power, the operative manoeuvres the arms around the pipe and then applies sufficient pressure to crack the pipe.

Different sized arms can be attached to the base unit to accommodate varying sizes of pipe.

Downloads & Video

Macaw Pipe Cracker - Demonstration

Mini MACAW Pipe Cracker – Small Diameter Cracker

Mini MACAW onsite

Mini MACAW onsite

The Mini Macaw is designed to crack diameters of 4” up to 8” cast iron mains.

Adapting to all site environments and for the convenience of differing site conditions, the Mini Macaw has two means of hydraulic power, a hand pump or a 1.5 – 3 tonne mini digger.

To accommodate the range of pipe sizes, a choice of pin slots and a spacer seat cover all diameters up to 8”, eliminating the need of additional equipment.

When hydraulic power is applied, the linkage arms squeeze the pipe making the breaker discs, which act as the pressure points, crack the pipe.

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