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Rotary™ Cutters


  • Pipe snaps off squarely once the operator completes the cut.
  • Excellent for cold cuts.

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Catalog No.Item CodePipe Capacity [1]Cutter Wheel Length Weight
Steel Inches-Nom. Cast Iron & Ductile Inches-Nom. Actual Ø mm in mm lbs kg
RC20S 0324020 - 22 - 476 - 572 RCS8-36 106 2680 89 40.5
RC20I 03242- 18 - 20 476 - 572 RCI8-30 106 2680 89 40.5
RC24S 0325024 - 26 - 584 - 660 RCS8-36 111 2807 107 48.6
RC24I 03252- 22 - 24 584 - 660 RCI8-30 111 2807 107 48.6
RC30S [2]0326028 - 34 - 698 - 864 RCS8-36 96 2438 283 128.6
RC30I [2]03262- 30 698 - 864 RCI8-30 96 2438 283 128.6
RC36I [3]03263- 30 813 - 915 RCI8-30 96 2438 295 134.1
RC36S [2][4]0326432 - 36 - 813 - 915 RCS8-36 96 2438 295 134.1
RC42S [3]0326540 - 42 - 1016 - 1067 RCS8-36 108 2743 325 147

For heavy wall steel and stainless steel, order RCX cutter wheels (03550) and eight RC8-30XR rollers (93222). LCRC4 models use HX4 (03512) wheels and no rollers.


Conversion Kits Available.




By changing the cutter wheels to RCI8-30 wheels, the RC36S is able to cut 30" cast/ductile iron pipe.


S= includes cutter wheels for steel
I= for cast and ductile iron.
X= equipped with RCX Cutter Wheels and special RC8-30XR Outboard Rollers. This enables "X" models to cut thicker wall steel and SS pipe as the RCX Cutter Wheel has a .800" blade exposure.

Wheels for same size cutters are interchangeable. Recommend only Reed cutter wheels be used with these cutters. Reed wheels are made from high, shock-resistant tool steel on computerized (CNC) machines and then precisely heat treated. This allows for a thinner profile yet stronger blade.

  • Cut Easier and faster, especially stainless steel and ductile pipe.
  • Last much longer.
  • Provide the best value
Why Reed

Rotary™ cutters are a Reed invention! Reed Rotary™ cutters cut pipe safely, easily, quickly, and at a low cost. Provides a square cut and can be used in close quarters anywhere – in the ditch, underwater, in noise-free zones, over head, in racks of pipes, etc. Reed Rotary™ cutters last for decades.

Rotary™ cutters cold cut large diameter steel, most stainless steel, ductile, and cast iron pipe in close quarters. The low profile design of the LCRC models needs only 5 inch clearance for up to 16 inch pipe diameter and only 8 inch clearance for the RC20 and RC24 which cover pipe up to 24 inches. All LCRC, RC20, and RC24 cutters are supplied with a slip-on handle that is used to turn the cutter around the pipe in one direction. The handle is also used to tighten the cutter every half revolution.


For large diameter pipe, move up to the RC30, RC36, or RC42S cutters which need 11.8 inches clearance. They feature a long handle with a ratcheting mechanism and include a separate, professional-grade wrench to tighten the cutter at every half revolution.


Rotary cutters are the best manual cutters for ductile iron and a great option for steel pipe. With good leverage from the tool’s long handle, pipe snaps off squarely before wheel penetrates halfway through pipe. Rotary cutters have heavy-duty frames. All sizes use the same cutter wheels: either RCS8-36 for steel and RCI8-30 for ductile and cast iron. Optional RCX wheels cut up to 25/32” wall thickness for steel pipe.


NOTE: RC42S cannot be converted to or from an RC30 or RC36. They are separate tools.

Low Clearance Rotary™ & Rotary™ Cutters

RC30/RC36/RC42 Rotary™ Cutter - Assembly & Use






RC30 tightening nuts