Fully-automated stationary pipe bevelers can make beveling tasks a breeze, but not everyone has one. You may not be able to afford such a tool (or think you can’t), or you may not have the workload to justify such a machine. Maybe your work is primarily in the field, where you generally have to take the beveler to the part instead of the other way around.

In those cases, you need a dependable portable pipe beveler—and you also need the training and the skills to run it properly. We’re going to assume you have the proper training in the safe use of your equipment (if not, that’s the first step). You can only acquire the skills through practice in different pipe dimensions and materials of construction, but there are a few general principles to help you out if you are new to the field.

Know Your Equipment’s Capability – Not all pipe bevelers are capable of the same jobs. Make sure you aren’t trying to bevel materials or wall thicknesses that the equipment is not rated to bevel.

Secure All Mechanisms – Before operation, make sure that all clamping mechanisms are in their proper place and secured. The parts and the milling surfaces need to be held firmly to avoid damage to tools and parts—not to mention operators. Keep the power off as you do your checks so the machine can’t be accidentally started while you are in the working zone.

Control Pressures and Feed Rate – Bevelers have an optimum load range where they work most efficiently. Pressures and feed rates may be different for different materials and pipe configurations, so look for signs of distress such as chattering or excessive heat buildup. Over time, you’ll get a feel for how to adjust to get the best cut.

Take care with the initial feed rate as it makes the first cut into the pipe. Increasing the pressure too fast can harm the part and will wear the tool down faster.

Watch Your Cords – If you are using an electric-powered unit, be mindful of cord placement. Before you start, make sure the cord is free of any areas with fluids and is in an area that won’t obstruct your motion around the pipe surface.

Keep Parts Clean – Allowing residues to build up on equipment can lead to poor performance and shorter tool life and could potentially damage future parts. It’s important to clean equipment and parts after use and put them away properly so they don’t get lost or damaged.

Customers don’t expect pristine machine shops, but they do expect things to be reasonably clean and organized. If your shop looks like a bomb went off in it, your customers may think you don’t take proper care of your equipment—and probably don’t do any better in taking care of their beveled parts.

If you’re just starting out with portable pipe bevelers, find a mentor who can help you with the tricks in your particular field and practice on scrap pipe if any suitable scrap is available.

If you are looking for a replacement for your existing portable pipe bevelers or want to look at newer models that can expand your capabilities, contact Saar-Hartmetall today at (859) 331-8770 or by e-mail at [email protected]. We stock the GERIMA line of pipe bevelers—long-lasting equipment that will provide you with years of precision beveling given proper technique and tool maintenance. Remember to take good care of your beveling tools, because no brand of tool can overcome poor technique and constant abuse.

Meta title: Useful Techniques and Handy Tips for Using Portable Pipe Bevelers

Meta description: If you are new to using portable pipe bevelers, we offer some tips to help you get started. You can further refine your technique through practice.

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