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Whether you’re installing an irrigation system or tackling a plumbing project, you’ll need to trim and cut PVC piping. Hand Tool
PVC pipe is useful for a range of tasks, from plumbing and irrigation applications, to framing material for hockey nets or other crafts. Regardless of the project, you’re going to need to cut that pipe to size, which is where these PVC pipe cutters come in. They typically look like a pair of pliers, and are used by simply squeezing the handles together and letting the extra-sharp blade do the work for you. Keep in mind that the blades and efficient design of these cutters also makes them dangerous, so always take the proper safety precautions while using them.
When considering a PVC cutter, take the time to not only determine what size pipe you’re likely to be cutting for your current project, but also what size pipes you might be working on in any future projects. Our options range from being able to cut 3/4 inches up to 4.5 inches.
Another factor to consider is how much pipe you’ll realistically be cutting—is it a one-time project or are you a professional? We do feature a battery-powered option that can cut a lot of PVC more efficiently, but for the majority of homeowners, a manual option should suffice. Most of our manual recommendations feature ratchet-drive technology, saving you additional effort. Keep in mind with some of our larger models that they might not be as versatile and flexible in tight spots.
Our personal experience with PVC pipe cutters—along with extensive online research—has helped us to assemble this list of options. We did our best to curate our collection to the average DIY-er and include mostly manual cutters, although for those who are looking for more of a commercial-style option, we did add an electric cutter that can power through a ton of pipe quickly. We also decided to include a hand-saw option, since some users might want a more versatile tool that can be used for wood as well as PVC.
If you have a lot of pipe to cut and want to make things a bit easier on yourself, consider this electric cutter from Milwaukee. This powerful little tool makes cutting PVC as simple as pulling a trigger, thanks to its ergonomic handle and powerful 12-volt motor that does nearly all the work for you. It can handle up to 2-inch pipe in three seconds, and the blade lock reduces the chances of the blade being activated by accident.
It doesn’t include a battery, though, so this option would be best for someone who already has a few M12 batteries on hand.
This Klein Tools cutter would be a great choice for anyone who doesn’t have the budget for higher-end options, but still wants a tool that makes clean, quick cuts. It’s capable of snipping through PVC up to 3/4-inch thick, and a convenient latch keeps the handle safely closed when not in use.
Its reversible blade is a really nice touch, and makes this a practical option for those who plan on using it frequently, and want to save some money on replacement blades. Its steel frame and minimal moving parts make this option fairly durable as well.
We’ve been big fans of Lennox pipe cutters for years, and this PVC version is a great example of why. The thick rubberized handle gives you a nice solid grip while you use it, which increases both safety and accuracy while cutting. Our favorite feature of this cutter is the release button on the handle, which opens the blade back up after your cut, allowing you to use it one-handed and continue feeding in pipe. We’re also big fans of the bright white and blue color scheme, which makes it easy to find in a crowded toolbox or bag.
While this 8-inch saw isn’t technically a “cutter,” it could still be a good option for anyone who just needs to cut the occasional PVC pipe, and would prefer a tool that’s a little more versatile.
Not only can this saw chew through PVC quickly, its tri-edge teeth and pull stroke design also makes it useful for cutting through wood as well, all with minimal burring and splintering. The pistol-style handle provides a nice, sturdy feel while you cut, allowing for maximum control. Its slim silhouette and convenient hanging cutout on the handle make it easy to store as well.
Reed pipe cutters have been around for over a hundred years, so it's safe to say that they know how to make a quality product.
This model features a quick-release mechanism that pops the blade back to its original position after the cut is complete, so you’re ready to slide another pipe in right away. This cutter is more expensive than the other manual options on our list, but it’s built to last a very long time, and if you need to cut large-diameter PVC pipes — up to 4.5 inches — it could be a great investment.
This heavy-duty option is built for maximum cutting efficiency with minimal user effort, thanks to its ratcheting jaws and comfortable grip.
Its maximum pipe diameter is lower than most options on our list at 1-inch, but if you know that’s the size you’re going to be dealing with, then you really can’t go wrong with this tool. Its compact size is another beneficial feature, and at just 1 pound, it’s convenient to toss into your toolbox or belt without taking up too much room. The one-year warranty is another nice perk as well.
This versatile cutter is not only designed to cut PVC, but PE, PEX, and rubber hose as well, making it a good all-around tool for various 1¼-inch pipes. We’re big fans of its thick rubber handle grips and heavy-duty ratcheting design, both of which combine for comfortable operation.
One of our favorite features of this cutter is its recessed blade, which allows you to store the tool without worrying about cutting yourself or any other equipment in your toolbox. Plus, you can also easily replace the blade without any extra tools, which is always convenient.
The ratcheting design of this Zantle model allows you to make your cuts with minimal effort, and can easily handle pipe up to 1 5/8-inches. The stainless steel handle latch keeps these cutters closed when you’re finished working, and prevents them from accidentally opening during transport.
Socket Fusion Welding Machine The bright orange color is easy to find and tough to get lost while working, and the adjustable jaws allow this cutter to be more versatile than other fixed-blade models. At a price this low, it would be a great choice for the average homeowner or a backup tool for a pro tradesman.