Rated 3.7 out of 5 by 3
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by ApacheMachete The Greatest Thing ALIVE .
I love this product, i'm a professional plumber and use this product daily .
I use it for close quarter cuts and forget to use my other cutters . Happy to see them here in Puerto Rico .
February 18, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by desert29rat Great tubing cutter
I bought this cutter for cutting copper pipe in tight areas, but I ended up using it for all the cuts I needed. It cuts quickly and accurately; it never went off track like my traditional tubing cutter sometimes does. Just snap it closed on the pipe and give it several turns to cut the pipe; there are no adjustments to make.
October 31, 2011
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by lilrabbit Recommended, but with caveats, good for about a dozen cuts.
Executive summary: These tubing cutters are very easy to use and do a nice, fast job when they are brand new. But they quickly wear out and cannot be adjusted or sharpened when they do.
I needed a tubing cutter that could make very close clearance cuts for stubouts, and as I cut out the old, leaking copper in my house and replaced it with PEX, so I bought these in the 3/4" and 1/2" sizes. For the first few cuts they were great. Snap them onto the pipe, make a couple of quick turns and voila, the pipe was neatly trimmed off and ready to accept a shark bite cap.
I started leaving my larger professional grade adjustable tubing cutter (also made by General, but over 30 years ago) on the peg board in the garage...these were much faster and more convenient to use. But after about a dozen cuts, these cutters stopped working and I found myself on my back with my nose against a joist struggling to cut through a pipe almost out of reach. Much profanity ensued.
Anyway, these may be just the ticket if you only need to make a couple of close clearance cuts on a single project. But if you have a large project...a whole house to plumb, or you are contractor or maintenance professional, keep shopping.
Recommended for homeowners for occasional, casual use where you must have a close clearance cutter, but not for professionals or anyone who needs to make more than a few cuts.
October 20, 2012