HDX

Model # TMC0001J

Internet # 204284860

Store SKU # 1000012738

Ratcheting PVC Cutter

$9.98 /each

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Get the HDX Ratcheting PVC Cutter that cuts plastic, vinyl and rubber tubing up to 1-5/8 in OD. This ratcheting-action cutter features a safety catch for your protection. Each tool comes with instructions and helpful diagrams to help guide you.

  • Cuts quickly
  • Ratcheting action
  • Safety catch
  • Easy to use

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Dimensions

Maximum pipe or tube diameter (in.) 
1.625 
Minimum pipe or tube diameter (in.) 
0.5 
Product Depth (in.) 
0.9 
Product Height (in.) 
7.64 
Product Width (in.) 
3.6 

Details

Compatible Pipe Material 
PVC 
Product Weight (lb.) 
0.7 lb 
Type 
Ratcheting 

Warranty / Certifications

Manufacturer Warranty 
90 days store return 

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cutter jaws not opening when latch is released and handles are pulled apart.

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April 6, 2016
I have released the safety catch and pulled the handles apart as instructed.
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May 18, 2016
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Are you able to pull the handles apart like the pic?
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May 16, 2016
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Pull Harder it worked for me.
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May 4, 2016
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You have to pull real hard. Then they do be good if they told us in the instructions
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April 21, 2016
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There really is no latch that needs to be released prior to spreading the jaws open.
Simply grab each handle and spread them apart, as you would break apart a wishbone from a Thanksgiving turkey.
I just used this cutter last weekend for the first time, and doing what I just mentioned worked every time.
It "may" be a little hard spreading them apart...Due to the tightness of the screw, but keep
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There really is no latch that needs to be released prior to spreading the jaws open.
Simply grab each handle and spread them apart, as you would break apart a wishbone from a Thanksgiving turkey.
I just used this cutter last weekend for the first time, and doing what I just mentioned worked every time.
It "may" be a little hard spreading them apart...Due to the tightness of the screw, but keep spreading the handles apart...Don't worry, you wont break the cutter...Keep pulling!
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Can this tool be used to successfully cut plastic tailpieces and P-trap arms?

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July 18, 2015
I am concerned the plastic may be too brittle and may shatter.
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Binghamton, NY
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April 22, 2016
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I am the original poster, and found I was able to use the Ratcheting PVC Cutter to make clean cuts with the tailpieces and P-trap arms if I applied the tool as a conventional tubing cutter rather than a force driven cutter.
I first wrapped a piece of thin cardboard around the tailpiece as a guide to scribe a line around the entire circumference. I then aligned the tube in the cutter, applied mild Read More
I am the original poster, and found I was able to use the Ratcheting PVC Cutter to make clean cuts with the tailpieces and P-trap arms if I applied the tool as a conventional tubing cutter rather than a force driven cutter.
I first wrapped a piece of thin cardboard around the tailpiece as a guide to scribe a line around the entire circumference. I then aligned the tube in the cutter, applied mild pressure, and rotated the tailpiece while closely monitoring the cut to keep the blade on the scribed line. I then advanced the blade again and repeated the procedure until the cut was complete.
The larger diameter pipe is difficult to keep seated in the tool's cradle, but it helps to rotate the pipe into the cradle rather than away. Unfortunately, this puts the leading edge of the blade on the side closer to the tool's pivot point, which makes it harder to see its path relative to the scribed line.
In the end, I achieved a clean and square cut, although an experienced craftsman probably could do the same task using just a utility knive and achieve results that were "good enough". Read Less
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April 21, 2016
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You're correct in your concerns. Those pieces are not intended to be cut with any force driven cutter...It will crack, and shatter.
This type of plumbing needs to be cut with a hacksaw. If your clearance is such that you cannot get a hacksaw in there, you can try removing the hacksaw blade, wrap some tape around one end as a handhold and use that method.
Other options available through Home Depot are a
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You're correct in your concerns. Those pieces are not intended to be cut with any force driven cutter...It will crack, and shatter.
This type of plumbing needs to be cut with a hacksaw. If your clearance is such that you cannot get a hacksaw in there, you can try removing the hacksaw blade, wrap some tape around one end as a handhold and use that method.
Other options available through Home Depot are a Close Quarters Hacksaw for $10.98. Below is the Home Depot Product link:
http://www.homedepot.com/p/HDX-6-in-Close-Quarters-Hacksaw-TUA0003J/204284866
Also, you may want to consider whats called a PVC Cable Saw for $5.66. Below is the Home Depot link to this as well:
http://www.homedepot.com/p/HDX-6-in-Close-Quarters-Hacksaw-TUA0003J/204284866
All three of my suggestions will work with harder PVC piping quite well within close quarters, like under a sink.
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September 30, 2015
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I tried using mine to cut a tailpipe for a kitchen sink and all it did was bend it. The tailpipe didn't put up enough resistance for the ratchet arm to engage. Instead I picked up a Rigid Plastic Drain Pipe Cutter which has 2 steel blades (one each for 2 different size pipes) that you press a button on the handle, insert the pipe, and spin. Worked great for tailpipes.
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July 20, 2015
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I have this same cutter and use it for PEX piping with great results. But after receiving this question, I tried it on a scrap tailpiece I had lying around. The diameter of a tailpiece is too large to effectively use with this tool and it ended up crushing/deforming the tailpiece a little bit before it cut anything. The cut wasn't great and it was hard to keep it square. If you had a dull blade, I would Read More
I have this same cutter and use it for PEX piping with great results. But after receiving this question, I tried it on a scrap tailpiece I had lying around. The diameter of a tailpiece is too large to effectively use with this tool and it ended up crushing/deforming the tailpiece a little bit before it cut anything. The cut wasn't great and it was hard to keep it square. If you had a dull blade, I would worry that it would crack. You could use this tool for a tailpiece in a pinch, but if you don't have to I would stick with a PVC saw or a hacksaw because the diameter is more than this tool will handle effectively. Read Less
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How large a pipe will it cut?

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July 18, 2015
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1-1/4 Schedule 40 had an OD that is a tad bigger than 1-5/8 (1.66" vs 1.625"). So 1" is as large as it will cut. You might get 1-1/4 to fit.
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The package indicates that it can cut up to 1 5/8" pipes. I used it to cut 3/4" pipes and it looks like there is still a significant amount of space to handle 1/ 5/8".
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I think 1 1/2" pipe. I would get the Huskey version this one does not work very well. The Huskey is more expensive but worth the money.
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February 20, 2015
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This cutter cuts pipe up to 1-5/8 in OD.
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how do I set it up the HDX ratcheting lcv cutter to use?

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I just removed the gray pvc cutter (TMC0001J) from packaging. The blade is locked in place. How do I set it up to use.
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Very easy...you have to release the clip at the bottom holding the two handles together. Then pull the blade out from the back side making sure you don't go too far so that the ratchet will still engage. Once done squeeze the handles to start the ratcheting action and to cut the pipe! Each squeeze of the handles will ratchet the blade and cut through the pipe.
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Flip off the catch on the back of the tool. Fully spread out the handles. Then grip the back side of the blade and pull it out. Now you can set your pipe and cut it.
To cut, simply squeeze the handles repeatedly until the blade cuts the pipe. To cut another pipe repeat above.
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Release the safety latch and pull the ratchet handles apart until it is open wide enough to enclose the pipe. A fair amount of force is required to open them.
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February 12, 2015
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Hi Lisa,
Release the handle lock (the wire clip holding the handles together). Next pull the handles apart , this will expose the blade.
Open the handle far enough to slide the cutter over the pipe you want to cut.
Finally engage the ratcheting lever in the handle notches as you open and close the handle to cut the pipe.
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Rated 2.4 out of 5 by 52 reviewers.
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Tool ready to use Some of the reviews here made me cautious. But I was only cutting 1/2" PVC for a project build and tool wise, wanted something that could make a clean cut. I could use a hacksaw (Plan B) but I'd have to clean the burrs off. This cutter functioned without fail. On inspection, the blade was undamaged and very sharp, the tool felt pretty solid and no adjustment needed. I found the instructions easy to follow, and from that the handles were easy to pull apart. Cranking the handles to cut the tube took the usual effort that I had no problem with. The ratcheting made the cutting easy and with the PVC pipe I had, almost too easy. I've made a dozen PVC cuts and they were pretty square. With all the lengths cut, I was able to connect these with the tee and elbow connects for my project build. I would recommend this tool. May 18, 2016
Rated 2.0 out of 5.0 by Get what you pay for I purchased this cutter because I have a fair amount of in ground 3/4" PVC that I occasionally need to cut to irrigate my fruit trees here in southern, California. For obvious reason, using the type of pipe cutter that swings around the pipe isn't as convenient in tight places, but those cutters do a better job of giving you a square cut. You can get a square cut with these by turning the pipe, but I've had only marginal success with using the ratchet action to get a nice cut that isn't slanted. This is my third purchase of this item, because I'm obviously trying the same thing and expecting a different outcome. The set in the picture, I've only had for a little over a year and was cutting a piece of 3/4" PVC when a piece popped out of the center of the cutting blade (see picture) - so I would rate the quality here fairly low. My other complaint with these is that I often have to hold the blade into the cut with my other hand in order to get them to ratchet - the ol' squeeze and ratchet with one hand doesn't work all that great. May 25, 2016
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by Don't waste your money This product would not cut hot butter on a summer day. The ratcheting action is supposed to lock down and cut cleanly through the PVC. I purchased it to cut 1" pipe and that's exactly what I tried cutting. I had to twist and turn and continue to squeeze just to get it to cut through. It did finally cut but not like it's supposed to. The ratchet gives up on the second notch and will not close any more. I finally had to force it. Total waste of money and time. June 25, 2016
Rated 2.0 out of 5.0 by cuts slanted... Made several cuts on 3/4" pvc and was dissapointed that each cut were slanted. Had to recut to even out the edge. I'd just returned the item and lost confidence in purchasing another. Need to improve the cutter.... July 11, 2016
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by terrible Did 5 cuts on 3/4 schedule 40 pipe blade breaking off. Looked at cuts in pipe found the broken pieces from blade. Hacksaw does better than this product. Oh by the way i work home depot June 20, 2016
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0 by Hurt my hands! I had to YouTube a video on how to open the blade. The first piece of pipe I cut I about broke my hand. After the 3rd or 4th piece is started to get easier to squeeze. If you are going to use these often I recommend you spend more and get better quality ones. Decent for a small quick project tho. June 19, 2016
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0 by Works fine the occasional project I used this to irrigate my raised beds, making a number of cuts in 1/2 pvc. I had zero issues. It gave me much cleaner cuts than a hack saw would and was very easy to use. The replacement blades are pretty pricey, though. June 5, 2016
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Perfectly good for small jobs It sounds like from previous reviews that there are higher quality tools for larger jobs/many cuts. But if you need something that will do the job for the occasional homeowner repair (like when I puncture an underground sprinkler hose), this is a great value. May 27, 2016
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