Rated 3.3 out of 5 by 7
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Professional Electrician
Please know how this product is intended to work before using it or reviewing it.
This is not a standard tubing or pipe cutter in that it is not designed to cut through the pipe, it is only meant to score the pipe, cutting partially though then you simply remove the tool and provide some lateral force to the pipe; the pipe will cleanly break. This break doesn't require any further work and is utterly clean and ready to go.
This is the best time saver if you do much commercial work; while it wont cut 2" rigid metal or GRC it will chew through EMT and IMC without a problem.
My one con for this is the utter lack of directions; I completely understand how this could be misused and how people could think it was bad. If you use this like a regular pipe cutter you will be incredibly disappointed. I was ready to return mine after I bought it based on a recommendation; after the recommender showed me how to use it though it now has a place in my kit along side my well work Rigid (Used for cutting big stuff).
September 3, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by PopRivet Score, spin, snap!
Basically, it scores the conduit and then you snap the pipe at the score line. It does not cut the pipe. Instructions are lacking to say the least. Screw down the scoring wheel until it contacts the conduit pipe, then tighten (about one notch on the handle), spin around the pipe three times. Repeat this tighten/spin process six more times. Depending on the amount of pipe being cut off, either step on the pipe and snap it off, or for smaller cutoffs, insert the 1/2" conduit into a 3/4 steel pipe (my bender handle) and snap it that way. The control handle spins very nicely. There is another unit at about the same price that includes an extra wheel and a built-in reamer (Klein 88904 Professional Tubing Cutter)
August 15, 2014
Rated 2.0 out of 5.0 by EricM More problems than positives.
Heavy duty and it does "work," but not well enough to be worth the price. You have to do a lot of turns, but the biggest problem is that it doesn't cut deep enough. It has a flat edge/bushing on the side of the cutting wheel, but it is a nightmare to snap by hand. With 3/4" I had to stomp on it or hit repeatedly with a hammer...it deformed the pipe before it snapped. It also tends to compress the end diameter (it won't fit over debuting tool (not so needed)). I'd recommend a hacksaw or get the feel of an actual plumbing pipe cutter to score and snap.
April 2, 2013
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by Tony3000 Klein EMT cutter
The product is very well described, however it works very poor. This product should be tested or retest before more of these go on the market. It really does a poor poor poor job. Do not buy this tool period. Plus alot of Klein Tools are now made in china or taiwan. The quality just go down down hill. And Klein advertise tools made in the U.S.A but when you purchased, they will ship out stuffs made in China or Taiwan. Tools made in China or Taiwan either they don't work or they work for couple days.
November 27, 2013
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by EdmontonElectrician I would never recommend this to anyone.
The product simply does not work as advertised. There is no way this product was designed for what we use as EMT here in Canada. I was very disappointed.
Klein typically makes VERY good tools. I imagine in The States (where this product is manufactured) these work differently. Perhaps a different spec on material requirements (thickness, brittleness, who knows).
I returned mine within a week after spending nearly an hour trying to make it work as intended.
June 21, 2013
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by EricM Spoke too soon
I said before that this product was no good. I had to give it another try b/c I just couldn't believe Klein's product testers would let something so ineffective hit the shelves. I think I may have been "cutting" too far. At least on 1/2 in. I tried it again not cutting so deep, and it worked OK. I'd say if you can see the stopper/bushing part of the cutting wheel starting to mark the pipe, stop! Don't think you even need to go that far.
April 3, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by MarkH Tool works great
The only problem with this tool is the lack of instructions.
The best way to use it is to turn the screw until the cutting disc touches the EMT to be cut. Then apply a quarter turn and go around the pipe 2 or more times. Then apply a quarter turn of the handle for a total of a half turn. Rotate 2 or more times and remove the tool.
At this point there is a light score on the pipe. The best ways to then snap the pipe are to lay it flat on the floor and place your foot right next to the score mark and then lift on the remainder of the pipe. It will readily snap.
The second and very effective methods is to place your pipe bender on the pipe and align the score mark with the star mark on the bender. Use the bender as if you were bending the pipe and it will snap the pipe at the score mark.
Another option for short lengths are to insert the bender hollow handle over the pipe to be snapped. Slide the hollow tube over the EMT until the bender handle end is even with the score mark. Use the leverage of the bender to snap at the score line.
Last method is to chuck it up in a vice and bend at the score line.
No matter what, you will not be able to bend over your knee or across something. It is best to use one of the above methods.
I still used a conduit reaming tool to clean up the EMT end, but there was minimal burr to begin with. If there is a large burr, it is because the cutter was engaged too far.
To ensure I only used a half turn, I put a red mark on the cutter dial at the 12 o'clock position when the cutter is touching the EMT and then turned to 3 o'clock and then 6 o'clock.
March 26, 2014