power tool I’ve seen in a while that’s worth a nice long Tim Allen “Tool Time” grunt. Meet the Milwaukee M12 Copper Tubing Cutter, which is about to become the indispensable sidekick of contractors and plumbers everywhere. Yes, it’s that good. If you’re wondering what makes this so hot compared to a traditional copper pipe cutter, you have to realize the time that it takes to actually manually cut pipe and conduit. It can take well over a minute just to make a single cut in copper pipe by hand, but when you bring an M12 onto the job, it’s possible to make 10 times as many cuts in the same amount of time. And you won’t have to deal with the hand and wrist fatigue that are part and parcel with manual cutters; instead, you just hang onto the M12′s handle and let its rotating cutting head do all the work.
Milwaukee’s M12 copper tubing cutter has a close-quarter rotating head, which means that it can cut through pipes even if there’s a little as 1½″ inches of clearance – an extremely helpful feature for those times when you need to get at pipes that are set very close to walls or other structures. It runs on a lithium-ion battery, which not only helps to make the unit lighter and more comfortable to use, but also gives you approximately 200 cuts per charge. Talk about getting the job done. And recharging only takes 30 minutes, so should the battery run down, you’ll be back in business in very little time.