The 5 Best PVC Pipe Cutters

Updated on May 27, 2020
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Brian is a engineer, he loves bikes and bike accessories and he also writes about DIY industrial tools and his love of gardening.

PVC Cutters for the Professional

If you're an engineer like myself, a plumber or a keen DIY person and need to cut lengths of PVC pipe, there are some specialist tools which make the job so much easier. There are quite a few variations of PVC pipe cutters available, but the selections in this review all have a 5-star rating and have plenty of recommendations for choosing them. Pipe PVC is stored and bought in 6-meter lengths; always cut the longest lengths first to save on any wastage. The cleaner you cut the PVC pipe with your cutter the more chance you have of having a good seal which should last the lifetime of the pipe.

If you are doing the job yourself, I strongly recommend getting one of these cutters; they will help you cut the pipe more easily, help you cut the pipe square, will give you a better jointing seal and save you time and frustration than trying to cut the pipe with another method. If, for example, you measure and cut the pipe a fraction too long it is really easy to trim the PVC pipe with the correct cutter, otherwise, you may struggle and waste a lot of time. I have used these cutters for most of my adult life and can't recommend them highly enough.

In this review, you will see that some of the cutters have a ratchet mechanism. If you can afford them, I recommend you buy that type. They grip the pipe and make it easier to cut with less effort. All the five here have great quality are made from durable steel and will last for years.

Before you start cutting any pipe to the length you want I strongly recommend that you measure twice and cut once, it’s an old saying, but it’s stood me in good stead on many an installation.

XOOL Pipe Cutter

I bought the Xool pvc pipe cutter as a home DIY tool which is what it is recommended for, the first thing I noticed was how light in my hand it felt. Once I was actually using the tool I found the ratcheting system to be ideal, you hardly have to use any pressure to make a neat cut as the ratchet improves no end the amount of force you need to cut through the pipe. I tried to cut through the maximum size pipe allowed and had no trouble in doing so. This PVC cutter from Xool is a very good Pipe cutter. It is a heavy duty type, but light in weight, but it is made from steel, with a heat treated cutting blade. The Xool pipe cutter is the better ratcheting type which I strongly recommend. This model will make light work of cutting any pvc pipe.

The XOOL has lightweight aluminum matte vinyl ergonomic handles which is very important—you need a good grip to give a consistent cut. The Xool cutters have a clear cutting edge within 3 degrees which allows for a better connection with the pvc pipe.

Ridgid 23493 Single Stroke Plastic Pipe and Tubing Cutter

Since the early 1920s, Rigid has been making and manufacturing work tools for industry. They are renown company with an excellent reputation for making high-quality tools that will last.

This pair is no exception made from high strength aluminum and the cutting blades are made from high-quality steel which is replaceable should they need to be changed. The cutter has an X-cel blade for fast, single stroke cutting and there is no ratcheting mechanism. The Rigid's hardened steel cutting blades and spring-loaded handles provide instant adjustments to any pipe size.

Ridgid 23493 Single Stroke Plastic Pipe and Tubing Cutter.
Ridgid 23493 Single Stroke Plastic Pipe and Tubing Cutter.

Graintex PC1799 Ratcheting PVC Pipe Cutter: 1.5/8-Inch

This is a slightly cheaper pair which would suffice for the DIY-er who just needs this type of tool for the occasional job. Still, it has a ratchet mechanism for extra grip and ease of cutting. They will cut pipes up to 1-5/8" in diameter.

They have a spring release and retractable blades for extra safety. They are made from lightweight pre-molded aluminum. You can also buy replacement blades for this model. Great for the occasional user.

Graintex PC1799 Ratcheting PVC Pipe Cutter, 1.5/8-Inch
Graintex PC1799 Ratcheting PVC Pipe Cutter, 1.5/8-Inch

Professional JUMBO Ratcheting PVC Pipe Cutter: 2 1/2" Capacity

This pair is for the professional plumber or roofing professional who requires top quality tools for his/her work. These tools are made from the highest quality materials ensuring that they last and will do the job they have been bought for. They have a large capacity 2½" inch jaws that will outperform most other PVC cutters.

They have a hardened carbon-steel cutting blade, made from heavy-grade steel construction, with a corrosion-resistant finish. The cutter has wide hooked-jaws which holds a large pipe securely in position for safer and cleaner cuts, complete with a ratcheting mechanism. These cutters have an excellent value which will save you time and effort. This is the perfect cutting tool for the professional tradesmen.

"Professional JUMBO Ratcheting PVC Pipe Cutter - 2 1/2"" Capacity".
"Professional JUMBO Ratcheting PVC Pipe Cutter - 2 1/2"" Capacity".

Bare-Tool Milwaukee 2470-20 M12 12-Volt Cordless PVC Shear (Tool Only, No Battery)

Some professional plumbing tradesmen will require an automated pair of PVC cutters and I have included this cordless model from, Milwaukee. THE MODEL SHOWN IS FOR THE TOOL ONLY, the battery is not included but they can easily be bought from this seller.

  • Powerful Mechanism: Cuts up to 2" schedule 40 PVC in 3 seconds. Ultra Sharp Blade with Pierce Point - No burrs or shavings to remove.
  • Offset Blade: Cuts PVC / PEX in-wall, in-ground, or close to wall Quick Return Blade - Increased productivity during repetitive cuts. All Metal Planetary Drive - Delivers over 200 cuts per charge.
  • Stainless Steel Blade and Aluminum Jaw: Impact, water and rust resistant.
  • Variable Speed Trigger: Controlled cut in warm or cold weather.
  • On-Board Fuel Gauge: Displays remaining run-time.

Bare-Tool Milwaukee 2470-20 M12 12-Volt Cordless PVC Shear (Tool Only, No Battery)
Bare-Tool Milwaukee 2470-20 M12 12-Volt Cordless PVC Shear (Tool Only, No Battery)

This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. Content is for informational or entertainment purposes only and does not substitute for personal counsel or professional advice in business, financial, legal, or technical matters.


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