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HDX Ratcheting PVC Cutter

HDX

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.

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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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May 6, 2015
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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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March 31, 2015
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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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October 1, 2015
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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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Ratcheting PVC Cutter is rated 2.4 out of 5 by 57.
Rated 1 out of 5 by from 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
Date published: 2016-06-21
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Bought these pvc cutters for work and they only lasted for about a week! The blade chipped in s... Bought these pvc cutters for work and they only lasted for about a week! The blade chipped in several places. Trash!
Date published: 2016-11-27
Rated 1 out of 5 by from 2 problems!!! 1st - one would think these would be on the isle with the PVC, but not so. For some... 2 problems!!! 1st - one would think these would be on the isle with the PVC, but not so. For some reason my local Home Depot thought that the Lighting isle end cap would make much more sense. Spent an hour on my lunch break trying to track these down. As usual no help could be found even after having someone paged. 2nd - I bought these to cut 1 inch pipe as they are rated up to 1 1/4" pipe. I only needed to make 8 cuts. On my third cut the faux metal handle broke where the 2 pins are opposite of the blade. So, I have resorted to using my trusty Hack Saw. I wasted more time jacking with this garbage than I would have to cut and clean my pvc.
Date published: 2016-12-03
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Horrible tool, impossile making straight cuts. Horrible tool, I am returning it to store as soon as possible, because although it apparently has been built with high quality materials and design, there is a bad mistake in its design, making straight and precise cutting, an impossible thing to do. The problem is that the 2 area contact where the pipe should be placed before cutting, it's to narrow, then the perpendicularity of the tube is lost when you try to cut it, making a totally wrong and ugly cut. The 2 contacts where pipe seats, it's not even flat, so that little space is not even properly used, being logic that pipe lost the right position, designer should at least add a half or 1 inch of area contact to make it stable. I ended cutting my pipe using a simple hand saw, because I did not have the right tool.
Date published: 2015-12-22
Rated 1 out of 5 by from 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.
Date published: 2016-06-25
Rated 3 out of 5 by from 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.
Date published: 2016-06-19
Rated 2 out of 5 by from You get what you pay for I used these for one plumbing job around the house. The blade broke (it's very thing and cheap). But the cost of these cutters was only $11, so you pay for what you get. I'd do it again though because they are much easier to use than a saw.
Date published: 2016-09-13
Rated 2 out of 5 by from 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....
Date published: 2016-07-11
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