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June 23, 2021

Professional Tool Reviews for Pros


tubing cutters

how to cut copper pipe Milwaukee Mini Tubing Cutter

How to Cut Copper Pipe | 4 Time-tested Methods

We’ve been asked more than once how to cut copper pipe. From the easiest way to the way you want to do it if you have lots of copper piping to cut, methods vary. In the end, plumbers need to factor in budget, convenience, and the ergonomics of the job. How to Cut Copper Pipe […]

Milwaukee Quick Adjust Tubing Cutter

Milwaukee Quick Adjust Tubing Cutter

Milwaukee Tool recently announced an expansion of its tubing cutter line with the Milwaukee Quick Adjust Tubing Cutter. These new cutters feature four chrome-plated rollers with a spring-loaded adjustment capable of cutting up to 3-1/2-inch copper tubing as well as 3-inch PEX and PVC through the use of a tool-free, interchangeable blade. “When we launched […]

how to cut copper pipe Milwaukee Mini Tubing Cutter

Milwaukee 1-Inch Mini Copper Tubing Cutter

Copper tubing has been used in plumbing applications for millennia. Pharaohs of Ancient Egypt had copper plumbing in palaces and temples. I’m not sure how installs were done back then, but now you don’t often have the luxury of space when cutting copper tubing. Sometimes you may not even be able to fully see the […]

Review8.5(out of 10)
Lenox tight copper tubing cutter

Lenox Tight Space Tubing Cutters 14833TSK

Sometimes the smallest tools can get you out of the biggest jams. The Lenox Tight Space Tubing Cutters 14833TSK serve as a great example. At Sturm Plumbing, we do a lot of repairs to existing work. We often need to work around other plumber’s installations. At least once a week I shake my head in disbelief […]

Ridgid FC Cutters

Ridgid FC-Cutters for ABS and Foam Core PVC Pipes

Ridgid just released a couple new hand tools for those looking for an easier way to cutt different sizes of ABS and foam core PVC pipes from 1-½” to 2” in diameter. The Ridgid FC-Cutters (foam core cutters) are simple to use and actually pretty unique on the market. Ridgid FC-Cutters Features Both tools feature a […]

Milwaukee Pliers, Snips, and PEX Cutting Hand Tools Preview

Milwaukee Hand Tools – Pliers, Snips, and PEX Cutting

When we attended the Milwaukee New Tools Event this year, Tim Albrecht showed us some of the new hand tools that fall into three basic categories: Pliers, Snips, and PEX Cutting. At the time, the info was under NDA, but now that has been lifted and we an bring you all of the first impressions and info we learned first-hand about the new tools. First up was a focus on build quality. First off, the new hand tools are all drop forged, machined for maximum precision, and treated to resist rust. In fact, using chrome plating instead of nickel, Milwaukee demonstrated the advanced corrosion resistance of their new tools by leaving two new aviation snips left in salt water overnight and then in the sun. Milwaukee’s tool showed considerable resistance to rust while the other brand had a ton of rust around the hinge points and across the blade.

Lenox copper tubing cutter

Lenox 21011 TC138 Tubing Cutters Review

The Lenox 21011 TC138 Tubing Cutters will handily cut pipe diameters from 1/8″ to 1-3/8″. We found that the four rollers keep the tubes from threading. The cutters have a “full-stop” feed system that brings up the tool short before the wheels and rollers contact each other. It only takes a screwdriver to change the […]

Ridgid 65S stainless steel tubing cutter

Ridgid 65S Quick-Acting Tubing Cutter

The new Ridgid 65S Quick-Acting Tubing Cutter has been designed for optimized performance on stainless steel tube. This new tubing cutter is based on Ridgid’s already successful line of cutters that cover a wide variety of pipe, tube types and sizes. To make cuts faster there is a Quick-acting mechanism that rapidly adjusts to different sized tubing.

Ridgid 65S stainless steel tubing cutter

Ridgid 65S Stainless Steel Tubing Cutter

The new Ridgid Model 65S Stainless Steel Quick-Acting tubing cutter is designed to make quicker cuts to stainless steel and other metallic tubes such as steel, zinc, copper and aluminum. The tubing cutter features something Ridgid dubs the “X-CEL” knob – a larger, ergonomic knob which gives the user a more firm grip allowing more force to be applied when cutting through tubing. It makes the process faster and easier. The 65S comes with a spare wheel that is stored in the knob and the X-CEL’s wheel pin allows for rapid, tool-less wheel changes.