There are many ways to create a bevel, an angle between the edge of the end of a pipe or tube and a plane perpendicular to the surface, like hand grinding, flame cutting, hand held bevelers, a lathe, or a pipe beveler. Hand grinding, flame cutting, hand held bevelers, and lathes are all time consuming processes, so they aren't well suited to high volume applications. Hand grinding and flame cutting also present a couple of other issues, most importantly they are dirty, inconsistent processes and so are really only an option for very low volume applications.
For applications with higher volume or regular frequency a pipe beveler is usually the preferred method of pipe beveling. Pipe bevelers are very safe and consistent, producing accurate bevels without the dirty and unsafe environment of hand grinding or flame cutting. They also lower production costs and speed up cycle time, usually 5-20 seconds depending on size. Pipe bevelers can also be operated by non-skilled operators, which makes them an attractive beveling solution.
There are a number of other considerable benefits to switching to a pipe beveler including:
Automated pipe beveling machines are many times faster than portable units
Cycle normally in the 5-20 second range
Accurately machines weld bevel and faces pipe square
Sturdy construction and quality materials for years of dependable service
Pipe beveling machines have low operating costs
Below, you can see the C8H ChamferMate in action as it machines a weld bevel on 6" stainless steel pipe.