how to notch pipe

I need to cut a notch in the end of sched 40 3.5 inch pipe to allow 2 inch pipe to pass through it. Available tools are reciprocating saw, drill press with bits up to 1 inch and bimetal hole saws, and cutting torch. What's the best way to do it? The notch needs to be snug because the 2 inch pipe will be welded to the 3.5 inch pipe using stick welding.

Mike

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Single hole or a few? Hole saw and some frustration getting the "plug" out of the unit. Use a sturdy drill press or milling machine to hold the pipe and drive the hole saw.

Many holes? Check out Hougen's holesaw-like tools. They automatically eject the plug so you can go on and on...

I can fax you a page from their catalog if you eMail me privately with a contact number, etc.

Regards, Joe Agro, Jr. (800) 871-5022

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Joe AutoDrill

Are you going to pass the 2" pipe at right angles to the 3.5" pipe? If so, cut a pair of 2" holes opposite each other in the big pipe, then whack off the end (if you really want something called a "notch"). This will waste a bit of your big pipe, but not much and it'll be a nice notch.

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Tim Wescott

If you've got a good bimetal hole saw, and your drill press will run at the appropriate speed, and you can clamp everything down solidly, then that's the way to go.

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Ian Stirling

Since you are going to weld a pipe back in, I'd use the cutting torch. If your good with the torch the somewhat jagged hole will be welded up. Much less effort than trying to secure in a drill press. Also you didn't mention how long the 3.5" pipe is. Might be tough to wrestle into position on a drill press.

Regards, Bernd

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Bernd

I'd like to see him cut that hole with the stick welder Gas torch wasn't in the list of available tools.

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Rex B

Geez Rex, Drink more coffee or sumthin'.

You even quoted his tools list in your post. Refer back to the bit that says "cutting torch" just a couple dozen letters past the bit that says "available tools" :-)

Cheers Trevor Jones

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Trevor Jones

Why not buy a T - that mates the 3.5 to a 3.5 and the cross is 2" to 2".

Martin

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Martin H. Eastburn

Rex,

Reread the OP's post. I think you'll find he said he has a cutting torch.

Bernd

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Bernd

Pass me the carbon rods, and stand well back.

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Ian Stirling

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