If you need to make adjustments to your drywall, there are many cutting tools you can use to get the job done. Consider the different types of drywall cutting tools available.
Types of Tools for Cutting Drywall
There are three main types of drywall cutting tools: a utility knife, jab saw and drywall circle cutter.
1. Drywall Utility Knives
The simplest and most common way to cut drywall is by using a utility knife. These tools are durable, lightweight, easy to use and ergonomically designed. They’re also affordable and create little to no dust. After your drywall work, you can even use them to open boxes, slit cable insulation and cut vinyl flooring, among other things.
A utility knife is recommended for scoring drywall panels, which is done by cutting through the drywall’s paper layer. You can also use it to trim drywall. Be aware that utility knives may not be the most efficient for cutting small, precise pieces of drywall. In that case, use a precision knife.
2. Jab Saws
A jab saw – also known as a drywall saw – is similar to a utility knife. It’s sturdy, easy to use, inexpensive and leaves little dust. However, it offers a pointed tip and serrated edge. The tip makes it easy to cut through the drywall’s paper layer and gypsum core, while sharp, straight cuts are created by the serrated edge. A jab saw is not recommended for precise cutting, but is suitable for cutting large areas, particularly spaces for electrical outlets.
3. Drywall Circle Cutters
If you need to make a perfect circle in your drywall and don’t want to deal with a power drill and hole saw, consider a drywall circle cutter. It offers a pointed center tip to position the cutter and two serrated wheels that you pivot around the center tip. This tool is ideal for making openings for light fixtures, round pipes and electrical boxes.
Considerations for Drywall Cutting Tools
If you’re using a utility knife, make sure to discard dull razors. You’ll get the best results using new, sharp razors when cutting through drywall.
Jab saws come with either rubber or wooden handles. Rubber handles tend to be lightweight and more durable, but jab saws with wooden handles are often longer.
There are a variety of drywall cutting tools to choose from. Consider the project you’re working on before choosing the right tool for you. When you’re ready to start your drywall work, check out our How to Install Drywall guide.