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ICS PowerGrit - Ductile Iron Cutting Chainsaws

880PG Saw Packages Change the way you cut pipe. PowerGrit® Utility Saw Chain is a new pipe cutting system. From ductile iron to plastic pipe, PowerGrit will get you in and out of the job faster, easier and safer than other methods.
ICS Ductile Iron
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Equiped with: 16" bar & chain 15" bar & chain
Chain & Price
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Combo Pack Pricing
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Maximum cutting
depth available:
16 Inches 25 Inches
Horse Power 6.4 Hp 11.5 Hp
Hydraulic Flow Rate N/A - 5.7cc Gasoline 8 Gallons Per Minute (GPM)
Weight of Power Head 21 Lbs. 27.3 Lbs.
Power Head dimensions 19" Length
14" Height
12" Width
23" Length
10.5" Height
9.5" Width
Noise Level @ 3 feet 102 dB 107 dB
Fully expose pipe, create access around entire pipe. Must excavate 2-3 feet beyond bottom of pipe..
Excavate to expose pipe and safe cutting window only. Requires only one side cutting access.
Less excavation. Small work zone impact/footprint.
Hand Digging
Extensive hand digging required to provide full circle cutting access.
Relatively little hand digging required to provide a safe, clear cutting window.
Less hand digging.
Cutting Ergonomics
Must cut from all sides, including from below.
Cut through pipe from one side, no need to move to other side or cut from below.
Single side access cuting provides a simpler, faster, and safer cutting process
Machine Performance
Circular blade stall when cutting a pipe full of water. Belt driven, slips when wet.
Able to make cut through a pipe full of water. Further, direct chain drive assure machine will perform, even when wet.
No waiting for pipe to drain. Less down time.
Must cut from all sides. Many users have become accustomed to adjusting or removing manufacturer safety guard in order to perform up cut.
Safely cut down through pipe - or plunge when necessary. No kick back as associated with traditional wood chain saws. No need to adjust manufacturer guards in order to perform upcutting.
Safe alternative.

ICS 695PG Ductile Iron Chainsaw Package

16" Model
16" PowerGRIT Chain
FREE Valued at: $379.95
695PG-16 Concrete Chainsaw Package (P/N 549152)

  • (1) 695F4
    Power Head
  • (2) 16" PowerGRIT Diamond Chains
  • (1) 16" Guide Bar
Every 695PG Saw Package Includes:
  • (1) 695PG Power Head
  • (2) PowerGRIT Series Diamond Chains
  • (1) Guide Bar
695PG Replacement Diamond Chains
16 Inch ICS Chains for the
695PG Concrete Chainsaw
PowerGRIT Chains for cutting Ductile Iron and more.
Select from Single Chain or
Combo Pack: 2 Chains and a Free Bar
The guide bar included in the 695PG combo packs: 16 " guide bar for 633F4, 695F4 & 695PG Concrete Chain Saws (P/N 524490).

PowerGrit® Frequently Asked Questions

What is PowerGrit and how does it work?

PowerGrit is a patent-pending, diamond-coated Utility Saw Chain designed to grind through ductile iron, cast iron, PVC, HDPE and other types of pipe as well as a broad range of other hard materials.

What are the benefits of using PowerGrit?

PowerGrit chain is faster, easier and safer than other methods.
  • Reduced excavation time to access pipe
  • Reduced labor required to dig under pipe
  • Single position cutting access up to 24” (600 mm) diameter pipe, no need to access bottom of pipe
  • Easier saw control, reduced operator effort during cutting
  • Improved operator safety due to access, control and reduced rotational force
  • Reduced potential for blade breakage

How fast will a PowerGrit Utility Saw Chain cut?

Depending on the saw and other factors, including pipe wall thickness, hardness, operator experience and others, a PowerGrit chain can cut through a 10” (250 mm) ductile iron pipe in as little as 3 to 5 minutes.

How long will a PowerGrit Utility Saw Chain last?

PowerGrit chains can last as long as 30 cuts through 10” (250 mm) ductile iron pipe.

Note:The number of cuts will vary depending on many factors, including pipe diameter, pipe wall thickness and/or hardness, position of the pipe in the trench, factors related to the saw, operator experience and more. PowerGrit chains being run on gas-powered saws may get as much as 50% less chain life than on hydraulic saws, depending on conditions. Cutting into materials surrounding the pipe can also reduce chain life, as can inadequate water supply to the saw.

How long does a guidebar last?

A guidebar used with PowerGrit Utility Saw Chain should last through one to three chains depending on several factors including material being cut, operator experience, cutting into surrounding material, water pressure and others

Note: Guidebars being used with PowerGrit Utility Saw Chain should be checked periodically and replaced if worn.

What kind of saw do I need to use PowerGrit Utility Saw Chain?

PowerGrit Utility Saw Chain cannot run on a traditional or regular chain saw. This is due to the amount of horsepower required, the requirement for water to be pumped through the bar, and the other components required to run PowerGrit chain including FORCE4™ guidebars and sprockets. ICS offers two systems that meet these requirements; the 94cc gas powered 695F4/PG, and the hydraulically powered 880F4/PG.

Will PowerGrit Utility Saw Chain cut concrete and asphalt?

It is not recommended that PowerGrit be used to cut concrete or asphalt. PowerGrit will cut concrete, asphalt and many other materials, but chain life may be reduced significantly compared to the life experienced when cutting ductile iron pipe. For best results, concrete and other aggregate materials should be cut with ICS diamond segment concrete-cutting chain.

What is the “Pipe Clamp”?

The PowerGrit pipe clamp was developed to take the weight of the saw from the operator, make the saw more stable and produce straighter, more accurate cuts. The clamp works on pipe from 4” to 12” (10-30 cm) in diameter depending on which saw and guidebars are used.  Currently the pipe clamp is available for the 880F4/PG only. While cutting with the clamp has distinct benefits, PowerGrit can be used “free hand” or with the pipe clamp.

Why consider an alternative to the current methods for cutting ductile iron pipe?

Safety, time and money. The most widely used method for cutting ductile iron pipe now is the gas powered “cut-off saw” with a circular abrasive or diamond blade. Maneuvering a circular blade around the outside of a pipe to complete a cut requires a large area be excavated to accommodate the saw and operator. The need to cut all the way around the outside of the pipe may require use of the saw in a non-ergonomic position, which can be very difficult.

What is the largest pipe diameter that can be cut?

When cutting free-hand without use of the pipe clamp, there is no limit to the diameter of pipe that can be cut. If the pipe diameter is larger than the cutting length of the bar, it must be cut from two sides.

Does the chain require water?

The chain requires approximately one gallon per minute (approx 4 liters) of water at 20 psi (1.5 bar) of water pressure. This can be supplied by a common home or building faucet, an on-site water truck or mobile tank. A small tank with a DC electric motor attached can be purchased inexpensively for the back of a pickup or ATV.

Does the chain require water lubrication if there is already water in the pipe or trench?

Yes. The chain is lubricated and cooled with water through the guidebar which is the only way to ensure adequate surface cooling.

Is PowerGrit a directional chain?

No, the chain can be mounted on the bar either direction.

Is it okay to cut with the tip of the bar in the dirt?

Cutting with the tip of the bar in dirt will significantly increase chain stretch, increase cut times and reduce chain life. Further, the operator should always try to avoid cutting in the dirt or beyond the visible cutting area due to the possibility of making contact with other buried utilites and obstructions.

When does the chain need tightening?

PowerGrit chains tend to run better when slightly loose. It is normal for the drive-links to hang completely out of the bar. Tighten the chain when the drive-links hang more than 1/2 inch (12mm) below the bar. Remember that the chain should be able to be pulled around the bar by hand, otherwise it is too tight.

What happens when the chain has reached end of life?

Cutting times will increase significantly and/or straight cutting may become difficult.

When cutting pipe in the ground, will the bar and chain become pinched during cutting?

Before cutting, make sure the pipe is in a safe condition to be cut by ensuring support of the work piece in such a way that the cut remains open during the cutting operation and when the cut is finished. Pinching the chain during the cut could cause chain breakage and could result in death or serious injury to the operator.

Can I cut a pipe full of water under pressure?

Yes, PowerGrit offer the distinct advantage of being able to make a cut through a pipe full of water and under pressure. The chain technology maintains a high cut speed, whereas competitive methods require the pipe to drain and pressure be relieved before continuing with cut.

PowerGrit® Safety Features

Using PowerGrit chain on an ICS® utility chain saw provides the operator with significant and unique safety benefits.
(Always refer to saw operating manual for recommended use)

No flying debris

PowerGrit chain will not shatter like an abrasive blade.

Single side access

The PowerGrit system allows the operator to safely cut through the entire pipe from a single side access point which eliminates placing an operator in a compromised position.

No dust

The PowerGrit system is a wet cut system, requiring water. Therefore the user is subjected to dramatically less dust and particulate ingestion.

Safety not compromised

The PowerGrit system eliminates the need to modify or adjust the manufacturer's safety guide in order to perform in upward direction.

Better operator control

The PowerGrit system offers more operator control and single pass cutting, which safely maintains the angle of the cut throughout the entire job and reduces the potential for pinch.

No kickback

PowerGrit® chain is a grinding technology, not a cutting technology, which eliminates rotational kickback normally associated with wood chain saws. That advantage provides safer usability and allows the operator to plunge the saw directly into the pipe when necessary.

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