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How a Clamshell Pipe Cutter Works

 A clamshell pipe cutter, also known as the clamshell lathe, is a type of portable machine tool used during construction or maintenance of pipelines, mostly in the oil and gas and petrochemicals industries. As Mirage is a clamshell pipe cutterfalse

Clamshell Lathe: Accessories Available

A Clamshell lathe, split-frame cutter, or clamshell pipe cutter as they are sometimes called, is designed for cold cutting through large diameter pipe on-site and also bevelling for weld preparation. The array of tool bits available allow thesefalse

Clamshell Cutters: The D.L. Ricci Range in Focus

Adding a clamshell cutter to your collection of portable machining equipment opens up new possibilities for machining work. Investing in one or more of these machines will enable you to sever pipes, remove flanges and create many different weldfalse

Video round-up: clamshell cutter and diamond wire saw


See which machines are used for cutting through large pipes and heavy wall casings in the oil and gas industry. For your convenience, this page brings together videos of machines suitable for pipe cutting, weld preparation, casing cutting and morefalse

Guide to pipe cutting and removing flanges with a split frame cutter

How split frame cutters are used

Split frame cutters, or ‘clam shell cutters’ as they are often called, are frequently used in the oil, gas, and petrochemical industries for parting, bevelling and counter-boring large diameter pipes. 

Video: Cutting through a heavy wall lower master valve using a split frame cutter

One of the Mirage split frame pipe cutters was put to the test recently when it was demonstrated at a client’s workshop. Despite the demanding requirement to cut through a heavy material wall thickness of 90mm, the MSF 26-32 performed exceptionallyfalse

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