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Tube Cutter


  • Tube Cutter: A tool specifically designed to cut through various types of tubing by rotating a sharp cutting wheel around the circumference of the tube until it severs.

Purpose and Applications

  1. Plumbing:
  • Copper Pipes: Commonly used to cut copper tubing for plumbing installations.
  • PVC and PEX Tubing: Specialized tube cutters are designed to handle plastic materials used in modern plumbing.
  1. HVAC (Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning):
  • Refrigerant Lines: Used to cut copper and aluminum tubing in HVAC systems.
  • Drain Lines: Cutting plastic tubing for condensate drains.
  1. Automotive:
  • Brake Lines: Precise cutting of metal brake lines to custom lengths.
  • Fuel Lines: Cutting various types of fuel tubing without creating debris that could contaminate the system.
  1. Industrial:
  • Hydraulic Systems: Cutting metal and plastic tubing used in hydraulic machinery.
  • Pneumatic Systems: Preparing air lines for pneumatic tools and machinery.
  1. DIY and Crafts:
  • Metalworking: Cutting small diameter metal tubes for hobby projects.
  • Crafting: Cutting plastic or metal tubing for artistic or practical projects.

Types of Tube Cutters

  1. Manual Tube Cutters:
  • Standard Tube Cutter: Features a single cutting wheel and a pair of rollers to stabilize the tube.
  • Mini Tube Cutter: Compact design for cutting tubes in tight spaces.
  • Ratchet Tube Cutter: Uses a ratcheting mechanism for easier cutting, especially with thicker tubes.
  1. Automatic Tube Cutters:
  • Electric Tube Cutter: Motorized for effortless and precise cutting of large quantities of tubing.
  • Battery-Operated Tube Cutter: Portable and convenient for use on job sites.


  • Cutting Wheel: A sharp, replaceable wheel made of hardened steel or other durable materials.
  • Adjustment Knob: Used to tighten the cutter around the tube to apply cutting pressure.
  • Rollers: Stabilize the tube and guide the cutting wheel to ensure a straight cut.
  • Ergonomic Handle: Provides a comfortable grip for manual cutters, reducing hand fatigue.

How to Use a Tube Cutter

  1. Measure and Mark: Measure the desired length of the tube and mark the cutting point with a marker or scribe.
  2. Position the Cutter: Place the tube cutter around the tube, aligning the cutting wheel with the marked point.
  3. Tighten the Cutter: Turn the adjustment knob to tighten the cutting wheel against the tube.
  4. Rotate the Cutter: Rotate the cutter around the tube, gradually tightening the knob with each complete turn until the tube is severed.
  5. Remove the Cutter: Release the adjustment knob and remove the cutter from the tube.
  6. Deburr the Cut: Use a deburring tool to remove any sharp edges or burrs from the cut end of the tube.


  • Precision: Provides a clean, straight cut, essential for proper fitting and sealing of tubing.
  • Ease of Use: Simple operation with minimal physical effort required.
  • Versatility: Available in various sizes and designs to cut different types of tubing.
  • Safety: Reduces the risk of injury compared to using a hacksaw or other cutting tools.


  • Material Compatibility: Ensure the cutter is designed for the type of tubing material (metal, plastic, etc.).
  • Tube Diameter: Select a cutter that can accommodate the diameter of the tube you are working with.
  • Cutting Wheel Quality: Use high-quality cutting wheels for longer life and cleaner cuts.

Tube cutters are essential tools for any task involving the cutting of tubing, providing precision, ease of use, and safety. Whether for professional plumbing, HVAC, automotive applications, or DIY projects, a good tube cutter ensures clean, accurate cuts, making it a valuable addition to any toolkit.

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