What Is Your Favorite Sch 40 PVC Cutter For Cutting Up To 1 1/4" ?


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I have a Harvard M-42 that I have used for years but is about worn out.

I do not see them online anywhere. What is your favorite for this size pipe?

Thanks / Regards,



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metro NYC
Just about any common Ratchet cutter with a "42" on it is a copy of the Wheeler ratchet cutter. Item #5290 ~ it can also cut 1-1/2 poly, so it may handle 1-1/2 PVC



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metro NYC
Blades were cheaper for the Wheeler than for the Victor, and a very big plus was that all the springs and pins and pawls from the cheap knockoffs were capable of replacing original Wheeler parts.


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Near Raleigh NC
ive been a wheeler rex man since about day one.
ive tried a couple of brands with not much luck.

the cutter is about 70 dollars blades are about 30

springs break from time to time, we keep a good stock of parts for these things. we have about a dozen in use now.

I'm just saying about the MccUSA


In 1979, the first original patent for PVC Pipe Cutter was patented in the US by MCC Corporation. We are the creator with the idea to cut the PVC pipe in a way of scissors when people was cutting by saw. Our concept through research and development completely changed the world's view the plumbing, irrigation, waterworks, mechanical, and any industries involving plastic pipes. The advantage of using a PVC Pipe Cutter allows for faster, cleaner, and less effort cuts. Manufacturing millions of cutter over the past 30 years, MCC is recognized as a top brand for PVC Pipe Cutters internationally.

Six BIG Features:
1. DuraBladeTM - VC-0363
New design blade with double bevel edge provides:
1) less pipe-cracking during cold temperatures (test proven),
2) more endurance and longer life span of the blade.
We take three processes when sharpening the blade during production. Many manufacturers simply take one or two steps in the production process. We believe by investing more on the cutter with DuraBladeTM design will potentially lessen the trouble at job sites in comparison in having a less expensive cutter that would require frequent blade changes.

2. Ergonomic Handle Design
Does your arm get tired cutting large quantity of PVC pipes a day? This negative side effect is caused by the handle design and leverage. MCC ED series are designed based on the human ergonomics and in maximizing the leverage in using less-effort by the user. This is the PVC Pipe cutter that you feel easier in cutting than any other cutters in the market. You definitely agree once you cut Sch 80.

3. Non Slip Ratchet Mechanism
MCC ED series has two components to ratchet the gear on its blade. The "Ratchet" which feeds the blade and the "Pawl" which keeps the blade in position. The Ratchet is well designed and avoids slipping from the gear. The Pawl helps in cutting soft flexible tubing by avoiding blade bounce-back.

4. Quick Release Blade Function
Particularly when cutting 2" pipe, one hand is required for the cutter and another hand is required for the pipe. After finishing the first cut, you would need to open the blade for the next cut. MCC ED series does not require using your both hand to release the blade because there is a feature that allows you one hand on releasing the blade to finishing a cut. This is done by pushing the bottom handle downwards completely in order to open the blade for the following cut. That way, you do not need to place your pipe on the ground to open the blade with your both hands.

5. Rust Free Spring Installed
MCC PVC Pipe Cutter's product design features a stainless steel spring installed to avoid rust damage. Many PVC Pipe Cutters in the market simply uses a high carbon steel spring with or without black oxide finish which eventually rust and breaks easily. Consequently ending up in a stressful repair or being disposed of. MCC provides the most reliable working condition at ANY job site condition.

6. Simple Blade Exchange
MCC fabricated a simple way a blade replacement. There are no tiny screws or parts to be loosened.
1) Remove spring hook from blade
2) Unscrew bolt
3) Replace blade
4) Secure bolt and push spring hook to the hole of blade



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metro NYC
Don't bother. I was a Wheeler user when they also carried the "Merry" name on the products (I'd post a photo of my 'original' PIP-13 cutters, but some rat bastard stole the plumbing kit they were in)

I bought some of the knockoffs about 20 years ago, and thought I was making out like the proverbial bandit, until I tried them, and they fell apart like a trick suit. I ended up saving the pins and springs and pawls (nautical term!) to serve as replacement parts. They all fit.

Once my suppliers walk away from a product line and leave me without parts (hello Victor VP-30) I tend to go conservative. Wheeler is the conservative choice for ratchet cutters.