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What’s Pipe Beveling? How to Bevel a Pipe?

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What’s Pipe Beveling? How to Bevel a Pipe?

Pipe beveling is an angle forming between the edge of the end of a pipe or tube. When the pipe end is formed with a certain degree of an angle, it is called a bevel end or beveled end. Pipe beveling is an essential step in the welding preparation process of pipe joining. The quality of the beveled pipe directly affects the quality of the welding, so that proper pipe preparation ensures the best possible weld joint. Other than welding, beveling can also be used for deburring the cut pipe ends for aesthetic and safety reasons.

What is correct, beveling, or bevelling?

Both beveling and bevelling is correct. Bevelled is the English UK spelling and Beveled is the English US. Also, the wording chamfering and end working are used for this application method.

Beveling vs. Chamfering: What is the difference?

Pipe chamfering is technically a type of pipe beveling. Both terms refer to an edge between two faces of a pipe or tube. However, the main difference between the two terms is that chamfer is an edge that connects two faces at a 45 degrees angle, whereas the bevel’s slope can be any angle except 45 or 90 degrees.

How to Bevel a Pipe?

There are various ways to bevel a pipe. Using portable or stationary beveling machines, doing it by a hand grinder, or by a plasma or torch cutter.

The hand grinding method of beveling is the cheapest and the most dangerous method compared to using a beveling machine. It is time-consuming, and a skilled operator is required to perform a bevel by a hand grinder. Moreover, it is nearly impossible to keep the bevel quality the same for each pipe operation while creating a lot of mess.

Using a torch or plasma cutter is another way of pipe beveling. It provides faster results compared to a hand grinder, however; it also has some drawbacks. The flat land at the end of the pipe needs to prepared by hand, which is not a safe process. Yet again, the produced bevels will be inconsistent.

Also, this method cannot be used on all materials, which would affect your flexibility in production.

A portable beveling machine comes in different configurations and is notably safer than the previous two methods. The biggest advantage of these portable machines is that they are portable so that it’s time-efficient since the user can take the machine to the pipe. They are convenient to use for maintenance work, or on a construction site. However, they are inadequate to meet high production requirements.

Stationary beveling machines provide the most options and flexibility for pipe beveling. Almost all kinds of bevel shapes can be created with different combinations of tools. They are designed to meet high production requirements in a safe working environment. Also, they are easy to integrate with automated production lines, so that the operator does not even have to be on the machine all the time. There are various benefits of stationary beveling machines such as; standard carbide cutting inserts are inexpensive to replace when needed, easy to set up and requires low maintenance, ensures the lowest cost and fastest cycle time per bevel, provides safe working environment without creating a mess, offers a broad range of machining options and can machine several pipe or tube materials, and does not require a skilled operator.

Drawbacks of the Beveling Methods

Hand Grinding
Torch or Plasma Cutter
Portable Beveling Machine
Stationary Beveling Machine
Potential safety hazard
Fire hazard
Potential electrical cord hazard
Not suitable for on-site machining
Fire hazard
Requires touchups
Possible guarding issues
Relatively high investment cost
Creates a lot of mess
Creates a lot of mess
Needs a chip container

Time-consuming
Cannot operate on all materials
Expensive custom ground tooling

Inconsistent bevel quality
Requires Oxygen or dry compressed air
Time-consuming

Expensive grinding wheels
Cannot process J-bevels or special shapes


Cannot process J-bevels or special shapes



How to Choose the Right Beveling Method?

Multiple factors need to be considered before choosing the right method for pipe beveling. The following questions would make this decision easier for you:

  • Is it possible to bring the tube or pipe to the machinery?
  • Is the portability/mobility of the machine a must?
  • What are the specifications and required quality of the bevel?
  • How much time is obtainable per pipe or bevel?
  • What is the skill level required to operate the machine?

However, safety always comes first. No matter what the requirements are, assessing all the potential safety hazards on-site is the prior step to decide on the right method.

What we offer

Copier machinery is specialized in stationary pipe beveling machines and offers a variety of pipe machinery with more than 20 years’ experience within the industry. We are designing, engineering, and manufacturing three different types of beveling machines: Beaver S (with manual and automatic options), Beaver CB (for pipe cutting and beveling, CNC controlled), Beaver CNC, and RTL Series (the most accurate and flexible machining options).

Do you need the advice to select the best method for your business? Do not hesitate to contact us, we will be happy to share our knowledge, and find the best possible solution for you.

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