Rated 2.4 out of 5 by 50
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by dakine 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 MrSanDiego 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 3.0 out of 5.0 by Imfromarkansas 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 1.0 out of 5.0 by maddog 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 4.0 out of 5.0 by AFH 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
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0 by ToddB 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 1.0 out of 5.0 by Ali Don't waste you money or time.
I bought this yesterday. The PVC cutter is very poor quality. New out of the package it won't cut 3/4 in standard PVC. The ratchet only works randomly. I'll be returning it to look for a better cutter.
May 30, 2016
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by PeteS Don't waste your money on this tool
Very poor quality. Ratching system is terrible and doesn't work most of the time. Blade dulls after only a few cuts. Just another cheap import under HD's private label.
May 11, 2016