Electricians cut pvc on a pretty frequent basis when doing underground work or coming into and out of enclosures outdoors. A lot of times electricians need to cut conduit that already has wire in it, or just need a tool that can fit into tight spaces. For this a lot of us choose to use a ratcheting pvc cutter rather than a sawzall or hacksaw.
All electricians cut PVC conduit, surprisingly a lot of them do not use ratcheting pvc cutters to do so. More often than not electricians will use a sawzall with either a wood blade or metal blade to accomplish this task, and there are still some old-school cats out there with a hack-saw or bow-saw cutting pvc. There’s nothing wrong with this, these all work just fine. However the ease of use of a ratcheting pvc cutter is a no-brainer.
This model has the ability to change the blade out if something happens to it, and the blades can be bought individually and swapped out pretty easily. I’ve cut PVC for years and have never needed to replace my blade. I also tend to use them in wet and muddy environments so it’s a true testament to the tool that they last a long time.
The only real problems that I’ve come across with certain brands of these pvc cutters is that over a long-enough time eventually the ratcheting mechanism becomes worn-out and either wont open all the way (without extra help) or won’t ratchet down all the way. But brand new, out of the package these things work great and last quite awhile.
The last little feature about this specific model that is cool but not necessary is that there’s a small latch that holds the handles together for more compact storage. I don’t ever use this and would prefer that it wasn’t there, but that’s just my preference. I’m finicky about weird stuff like this, for example any wire-strippers that have a spring in them get the spring ripped out as soon as I open the package. I even do this with lighters (Bic’s) - First thing I do is tear off that little metal “child-safety” flap that covers the wheel. Pisses me off more than anything to have extra stuff in the way of natural movement of the tool. Your lineman’s and diagonal cutting pliers don’t have a spring or a handle-latch….why should any of the other hand tools you use? Ugh…just a preference lol.
Spec’s from HomeDepot.com
Husky's 1-1/4 in. Quick Change Ratcheting Cutter tackles PVC, CPVC, PP, PEX and PE pipe up to 1-5/8 in. outer diameter (1-1/4 in. inner diameter). The ratcheting action features a quick change blade mechanism for faster work. This tool is built to last and backed by the Husky lifetime warranty. Replaceable blade is available (SKU # 1003002896).
Cuts up to 1-1/4 in. PVC (or 1-5/8 in. outer diameter)
Perfect addition to your toolbox
Quick-change blade mechanism
Replaceable blade available, SKU # 1003002896
Lifetime warranty with no questions, no receipt required
Compared to other brands this PVC cutter seems to be a touch above in quality. I give it 4 stars, nothing ground-breaking and game-changing, but still earns a permanent place in my tool bag.