Threaded Rod Cutter: A Buyer’s Guide (2019)

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What is a threaded rod cutter?

Threaded rod is a rod of varying length that is threaded in a helical structure. In appearance, it resembles the design of a screw, but these are fasteners that can withstand very high levels of pressure and tension.

The role of a threaded rod is to fasten or connect two materials together. They can also be used to stabilise structures and can be inserted in concrete, wood or metal to form a temporary or permanent base.

Threaded rod cutters are designed to make this process more precise, efficient and ensure a better and tidier project by providing clean cuts precisely where required in the threaded rods.

This product is considered the best tool for cutting threaded rods as it will produce a clean, burr-free cut with less effort and less time wasted, plus it is lightweight and can be used for overhead work. Hacksaws can often leave ragged edges that require sanding and are generally much more physically taxing.

Angle grinders are another favoured tool for cutting threaded rod but need a source of electricity or charge that may not always be available.
 

What is a cutting die?

The cutting die is the consumable part of a threaded rod cutter and they will gradually deteriorate over time with use due to the wear and pressure applied against them during the cutting process.

They are a component that fits inside the head of the cutter and applies pressure to cut through the rod in one clean movement. The ‘jaw’ of the cutter provides a secure area where the rod can fit and be cut without sliding or moving around too much.

The rod is laid flush against one die and when the lever is compressed, the other die moves forward. As the rod can’t move away, the cut is made exactly where the road overlaps the other die and is cut cleanly away under the pressure of the die slicing through it.

Cutting dies are available in a range of different sizes for convenience when cutting the matching size threaded rod. For example, M8 and M10 cutting dies are suited for threaded rods with a diameter of 8mm and 10mm respectively.

 
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How to fit the cutting dies on a threaded rod cutter

Without a securely fitted cutting die, the cut can become slanted or rough. In fact, an unfitted die may not even allow for a cut at all.

Fitting a cutting die on a threaded rod cutter is simple and usually requires no more than a few common tools to correctly loosen and tighten the old and new die in turn. One of the most valuable perks of owning a threaded rod cutter is the simplicity, ease and smoothness of the cut and by following the right guide on how to fit the die you can ensure this every time.

1) Fit the cutting die as displayed in Figure 1, matching it to the size of the rod that needs to be cut

2) Make sure to note the position of the ‘L’ and ‘R’ dies and verify mark is displayed

3) Screw lightly into position using a hex key wrench

4) Using the correct diameter of threaded rod, check the alignment of the cutting dies. Adjust as required

5) Once the fit is appropriate, tight screws with a hex key

 
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(Figure 1)

 

How to use a threaded rod cutter

Threaded rod cutters are one of the safest options for cutting threaded rod. The cut takes place far away from the body and doesn’t require heavy machinery or create sparks or shrapnel.

However, the threaded rod cutter is still a tool and any use of tools comes with risk and the potential to harm if not used appropriately. By following appropriate usage guidelines you can ensure you stay safe and get the best cuts.

1) Fully open handle

2) Align threaded rod within the cutting dies

3) Ensure that both screw pitches and correctly aligned

4) Close handled completely in one movement

5) To minimise the handle force required the cut is made in two stages. The handle resistance will decrease after the first step and will increase again during the second stage.

 
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Which threaded rod cutter?

The Addex threaded rod cutters are a top quality rod cutter designed to speed up your project progress with clean, tidy and quick results.

The blades, jaws and body are made of alloy steel and heat-treated in order to assure sharpness of the blades and long durability. The cutter is easy to operate and gives a fast, precise clean cut with no damage to the rod allowing the nut to pass freely every time.

The cutter is supplied with M10 dies as standard.

But why choose a rod cutter at all? Efficiency and ease. Rod cutters are quiet, low force and high result pieces of kit. Hacksaws can lead to burred ends and time wasted filing. Plus, in large quantities, cutting and filing mass amounts of threaded rods can be time-consuming and exhausting.
 

Where can you buy threaded rod cutters?

Armafix is a focused and dedicated supplier of fixings and support solutions. Over the years we have devoted ourselves to find solutions for our customers to make sure they get the best products at a competitive price.

We are dedicated to providing consumers with a large product range to suit their business needs and promise to respond as rapidly as possible to avoid those frustrating delays.

Create an account today and you can join the growing number of valued clients— Armafix aims to always surpass your expectations in terms of both quality and attention to detail.

Need a threaded rod cutter or other fixing supplies? Check out Armafix’s huge range of products by downloading our catalogue. Our team are always happy to answer any questions or queries so contact us from as early as 7 am Monday–Friday on 0113 256 7211 or email sales@armafix.com

This article was written by Terry Harmer, Managing Director at Armafix, who has several years of experience of supplying quality fixings and support solutions for the building services industry.

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