Cutters come in a variety of shapes and sizes. We recommend you have a few different style cutters in your toolbox in order to handle various situations out in the field. It’s also a good idea to have spare parts for all your cutting tools nearby. Service kits are available and have all the necessary parts to keep your workflow from coming to a halt.
The tools covered are for use with soft copper only, unless otherwise noted.
Premium Tube Cutter
The Premium Tube Cutter cuts 1/8” to 1-1/8” diameter tubing and features wide rollers with a flare cut-off groove.
- After marking your cut line, retract the tool’s cutting wheel by rotating the feed screw counterclockwise until the opening is large enough for the tube to slip into the jaw of the tool.
- Line up the cutting wheel with your mark and gently rotate the feed screw clockwise until the tool’s jaw closes, just enough to slightly grip the tube between the rollers and the cutting wheel.
- Gently turn the feed screw an additional quarter turn so the cutting wheel applies a small amount of pressure to the tube. Do not over tighten the jaw or you might damage the cutting wheel and tube.
- Slowly roll the entire tool and pay close attention to the score left behind by the cutting wheel. This is your cutting line.
- Continue to gently tighten the feed screw every two to three times you roll the tool around the tube. Taking your time will help prevent the cutting wheel from jumping your original score line and compromising your cut.
The Premium Tube Cutter has a spare cutting wheel tucked away in the handle so you’ll never have to worry about being on the jobsite without a spare blade. It also comes with a deburring blade, and it can be modified with a blunt wheel to double as a constrictor tool for rolling down or capping off the diameter of your tubing.
The Heavy-Duty Mini-Cutter is designed for heavy duty cutting from 1/8” to 7/8” diameter tubing. This tool features a wide body for an easy grip, large rollers and a flare cut-off groove, and is especially useful in tight spaces.
The key to making the perfect cut every time is a sharp wheel and patience. Without both, you’ll most likely get a cut that is either surrounded by multiple score lines or a cut that has partially collapsed the tube.
TightSpot Flare Cut-Off Tool
As the name implies, the TightSpot Flare Cut-Off Tool allows you to get into very tight quarters to remove the flare on smaller size tubing. When you’re dealing with an existing application where all you can afford to remove is the flare, this tool is just what you need.
One Final Note on Safety
It’s important to understand how each tool is designed to function and make sure you have all the right tools in your bag to do every job correctly. Attempting to use a tool in a manner it was never intended might result in personal injury, damage to the equipment or destruction of the tool. Also, always be aware of the refrigerant you are working with and the state the system is in when beginning your work. You may or may not be required to perform a lockout procedure before doing anything to the system. Finally, be responsible and always wear eye protection as well as a good pair of work gloves when it’s appropriate.