tubing cutters

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.

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.