Pipe Beveler — Things You Should Know

A pipe beveler is a useful tool that can make your work much easier. So, in this article, we will talk about this tool and some of the things you should know about pipe beveling.

What Is A Pipe Beveler?

This is a machine that is used to face the end of pipes. While some may use grinders for this job, it takes a lot longer. These machines make the process a lot easier and don’t take up to half the time as a grinder.

How To Use It

Follow these steps if you would like to learn how to use a pipe beveler in the right way and get superior results…

First, make sure there is no debris in the pipe. If there is debris, remove it with a claw hammer. Get the beveler and position the number one tip on the bridge of the beveler. Make sure to tighten the tip with your hand. Position the bevel on the pipe and set it at a thirty degree angle. Go to the back of the bevel and tighten it with the journeyman spring (or locking boomer).

Get some quick connectors. Plug the connectors to the oxygen and acetylene holders at the top of the beveler. The small connector is for the oxygen and the larger connector is for the acetylene. Make sure there is a click when you connect them to the holders. Turn on the fuel to the beveler. With the fuel on, turn on the oxygen till the flame is sharp enough and a transparent blue color.

Turn the crank forward and backward to create a 3/4 inch starting point on the pipe. Once you create a starting point, keep turning the crank forward to cut around and create a bevel. And that is how you use a beveler. Click here if you would like to learn more about how to use this tool – That is, get superior results.

Can You Bevel A Pipe Without A Pipe Beveler or Beveling Machine?

Yes, you can. If you don’t have this tool, you could use a grinder for this job. Below, we will show you how to use a grinder for this job…

Before you start, you need to ensure that the end of the pipe is squared with. If the end isn’t squared, get a wrap around and overlap it on the pipe to about 6 or 8 inches. Make a reference line around the end of that is about a quarter of an inch.

After making the marking around it, remove the wrap around. Clean the slag around the pipe with a claw hammer. Make sure you don’t miss this or the finishing will be jagged. Get a grinder. Place a brand new sanding disk on the grinder.

Keeping the grinder at a slight angle, use the top part to bevel the end of the pipe by moving it to the right then to the left. If you don’t have a sanding disk, simply use the grinder disk. However, note that it will take double the time with a grinder disk than it would with a sanding disk.

Another method is to use a torch. After marking the pipe, get a torch and stand at the side of it. Turn the torch on and hold it at a slight angle. Move the torch from the right to the left to create a bevel on the pipe’s end. Clean of the piece of metal from the edges once you are done after beveling. Watch this video: https://www.youtube.com/ if you would like a video explanation of this process.

How Do You Bevel A Plastic Pipe?

To bevel a plastic pipe, you will need a chamfering tool and maybe a drill. We have listed the steps you need to follow in order to do this…

Get a drill and position the cone chamfering tool on it with the wider part facing forward. Position the drill with the tool on the pipe’s end. Turn on the drill bevel the end of the plastic till you get your desired result.

If you don’t have a drill, simply place the chamfering tool on the end of the pipe with the wider part of the cone forward. Turn the tool to the left till you get your desired result. Note that doing this with your hand will take longer than it would with a drill.

How Long Does It Take To Bevel A Pipe?

With a machine, this process will take about 20 seconds. If you are using a grinder for this job, it take about 4-6 minutes. If you choose to use a torch for this it usually takes about 6-8 minutes.

Why Is Beveling Needed Before Welding?

It isn’t exactly compulsory for you to do this before welding. However, performing this job before welding will help you achieve a weld of higher quality. Since the weld site’s surface area will be larger, the weld will be a lot stronger than it normally would. This will help it withstand much more stress than if you don’t weld it.

Why Do You Have To Take Care Not To Gouge The Surface Of The Pipe Bevel?

If there is a gouge or gouges on the bevel, it will be looked at as a defect. Many won’t want to use pipes with this type of defect as it may affect how effective the welding will be.

What Is The Difference Between Chamfering And Beveling?

Chamfering is a type of beveling in which two surfaces are connected at a 45 degree angle. Beveling is an edge that is sloped in only one direction.

How Do You Measure The Bevel Angle?

To measure the angle, get a protractor. Place the protractor inside the bevel itself with the protractor resting on the wing nut. This a great way to measure the beveling angle.


Those are most of the things you should know about beveling in our particular context. Also note that if you are just starting this job, it would be best to use a grinder. Once you are familiar with the job, you can get a machine for it.