Trav-L-Cutter® SD Hydraulic

Trav-L-Cutter SD Hydraulic

Wachs Trav-L-Cutter, or "Travel Cutter," is a portable inline pipe and pipeline cold cutting and beveling milling machine with 6in-72in O.D. (DN150–1800) on most pipe and vessel materials and schedules (optional drive chain sections required for OD greater than 48in). 

Secured to the pipe by a special mounting/drive chain, the Trav-L-Cutter drives itself around the pipe as it simultaneously cuts and bevels, providing a machined surface ready for welding. It's designed for severing and beveling all common pipe materials, wall thicknesses and sizes.

Now in its fourth generation, Wachs newly updated Trav-L-Cutter Super Duty, or SD, is reengineered with improved performance to make it more durable, more controllable, and more powerful. While externally identical to the previous model apart from its red top covers, it features new internals designed to make a tough machine tool even tougher.

All New Internals

All new internal components include, on the drive side, an improved feed drive mechanism with enhanced feed control, greater fluid capacity, cast in cooling fins, a heavy duty clutch mechanism, and revised chain drive sprockets. These components lower the previously unused high drive speeds in favor of better real world performance.

On the spindle cutting side, a totally redesigned spindle gearbox offers far greater oil and cooling capacity. It uses cast in cooling fins with enlarged oil expansion chambers, finished in a heat dissipating coating. These new components, coupled with newly specified synthetic oils, greatly extend the machines duty cycle, particularly in extreme, high heat operating environments such as the desert.

Hydraulic Model HE

The Trav-L-Cutter SD Hydraulic (Model HE) is designed to operate horizontally, vertically or anything in between. The Model HE uses powerful twin hydraulic drive motors, and is powered by most industrial hydraulic power units (HPU). Its special milling blades, with standard weld bevel angles of 30º and 37.5º, leave the pipe ends with a fine milled finish ready for welding, with no heat affected zone (HAZ). The mounting/drive chain system maintains continuous out-of-round compensation while providing positive drive under all conditions for accurate cuts.

The Trav-L-Cutter SD Model HE is ideal for partial or complete water immersion and subsea applications. Hydraulic models offer the inherent advantages of a completely sealed and self-lubricating closed loop system. All models of the TLC SD come complete with all stainless steel fasteners and coatings for enhanced corrosion protection. The Model HE is particularly suited to field machining operations under the type of difficult environments often found on drilling rigs, pipelines, and on construction work in rivers and harbors.

A wide range of OEM tooling for all applications including heavy wall and high alloy materials are available.

Hydraulic Model HE Ships Complete with:

  • Twin HD hydraulic drives
  • Reversing valves
  • Drive chain (02-450-48) for 6in-48in (DN150-1200) diameter pipe
  • Operating hand tools
  • User Manual
  • Steel storage case


  • Drive chain extension (02-450-72) increases capacity to 72in (DN1800) diameter


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