What is a plastic conduit pipe
Plastic conduit pipe and hose cutters are hand tools which are specifically designed to cut through thin-walled plastic and rubber pipe or hose.
The maximum outside diameter of the tubes they are able to cut depends on individual specifications. Usually this is between 22mm (0.8 inch) and 36mm(1.4 inch). Some also have a minimum diameter of tube they are able to cut.
These tools can cut plastic conduit pipe and rubber hose. This includes fabric-reinforced hose, where the reinforcement helps to prevent kinking in hoses that carry fluids - such as a garden hose.
However, they are not made for cutting cable, wire reinforced hose or fibreglass-reinforced hose.
Plastic conduit pipe and hose cutters are often used for cutting electrical conduit for cables to be run through. They may also be used by mechanics to cut automotive hose for fuel or cooling systems. These cutters can also be used for cutting other appropriately sized plastic and rubber pipes and hoses.
These tools work in the same way as shears or scissors. When the user pushes the handles together the blade is pivoted against an anvil jaw to cut the material between them.
Plastic conduit pipe and hose cutters can be used instead of a hacksaw for cutting thin walled PVC pipes. The cutter should make an instant, clean cut, whereas a hacksaw will take longer to saw through a pipe and will leave a rough and jagged edge.
For metal pipes or tubes, you will need to use a pipe cutter which cuts around the outside of these tougher items. For more information, see
For larger or thicker pipes, tubes and hoses, you may need to use a tube cutter with specifications to suit what is to be cut. For more information, see