How to Cut Copper Pipe (5 Amazing Tools) — by Home Repair Tutor

How to Cut Copper Pipe (5 Amazing Tools) — by Home Repair Tutor

What’s up, everybody? I’m going to show
you how to cut a copper pipe in today’s video tutorial and prep it for soldering.
I’m going to share with you a lot of different tools I think you should be aware of, and
I’m going to give away one of them at the end of this tutorial.
So let’s get to it. I’m super stoked to share what I know, and hopefully it will help
you out with your project. Let’s get to it.
Here are a lot of copper pipe cutting tools. I’m going to get into all of them very quick,
so take some notes or just hit the stop button. This first one is the AutoCut tool. Now you
can buy this at, I want to say, Home Depot. And it says AutoCut on the side; it’s orange
and gray. And what’s cool about it is the cutting wheel is spring-loaded; it’s in
the center there. And what you do is you clamp it onto your copper pipe.
Now this is a ½” AutoCut tool, and there’s an arrow on it, showing you what direction
to turn the tool. So again, this is a ½” copper pipe. So you clamp the AutoCut tool
down onto the copper pipe, and you turn it on the direction of the arrow. So I’m doing
this real-time; I’m not speeding up the video because I want to show you how quickly
the AutoCut tool cuts the copper pipe. And this is a pretty sweet tool for tight spaces,
like under sinks or when pipes are right up against joists or studs, this is great because
it cuts quickly and easily. So as you can see, that was pretty quick.
The second kind of tool is this BrassCraft Large Diameter Mini Tube Cutter. And what
makes it so cool is it’s adjustable. So unlike the AutoCut tool, which only cuts ½”,
and you can buy a new AutoCut tool if you want to cut 1” or ¾” copper pipes, you
can adjust this BrassCraft Mini Tube Cutter. The only problem is it takes a little bit
of time; it takes a lot longer, in my opinion, and you have to adjust it. It cuts up to 1/8”
up to 1 1/8” copper pipe. So here’s a 3/8” copper pipe; you can cut that, no problem.
But the AutoCut tool, again like I said, I only have a ½” AutoCut tool, so I got to
buy a ¾” AutoCut tool. Which brings me to the Lenox Tube Cutters.
So this is a kit, and it has three different sizes tube cutters: ½”, ¾”, and 1”.
Again, they have arrows on the side to show you what direction to turn the tube cutting
tool. So again, it doesn’t take very long at all to cut that copper pipe; pretty sweet.
And again, the cutting wheel is spring loaded. So all you have to do is line up where you
want to cut the copper pipe with the center of the tool—that little line there with
the arrow—and that way, you can start cutting immediately. So just make sure you line up
the copper pipe like I showed you a second ago. But again, this doesn’t take very long
at all. This is ¾” type-L copper pipe; it cut right through it.
The mother of all tube cutters in my opinion is the Ridgid No. 15. It’s Model No. 15.
It cuts 3/16” to 1 1/8” size pipe. It’ll cut an EMT conduit along with copper pipe.
And it comes with a spare cutting wheel. And it has a lifetime warranty. So that’s pretty
cool. You’ll have this forever if you buy this and put it in your toolbox. The only
thing is it’s so strong it can press copper pipe. I’m not Superman. All I did was turn,
ratchet down on the pipe, and it compressed it too much. So you have to be careful. You
only need to compress it slightly and turn it. There’s a cutting wheel at the top there
with rollers on the bottom that the pipe slides on or rolls along. And the extra cutter is
in the handle, the extra cutting wheel. Now the cool think about the No. 15 is it
comes with a reamer. And this little triangular-shaped part here, this reamer… Actually, after
you’ve cut the copper pipe—as I’ll show you here; it’s very easy to do—you want
to remount the inside of it because when you cut the pipe, whether it’s with an AutoCut
tool or the Ridgid No. 15, there’s a little bit of a lift. And that lift means it’d
be reamed out and removed; otherwise, you’ll have turbulence in the pipe, which can cause
pitting and loudness. When you’re done, use this kind of wire
brush. This is a copper pipe cleaning brush, which will clean the outside of the copper
pipe. See how shiny it is? That’s really important. And also, it’ll clean the inside
of the copper pipe, which is equally important if you’re going to be soldering. So use
this kind of wire brush. I highly recommend it because it serves dual action for cleaning
both the outside and the inside of the copper pipe. You’ll really, really like it, it’s
worth the money, and it’ll save you a ton of time by making your soldering job really
good. Well there you go. Those are all the different
kinds of copper pipe tube cutters and different tools that you should be aware of. I hope
that you like this video. Remember, I’m going to be giving away one of these tools,
and it’s a surprise. So head on over to Check out the latest
tutorial, and you’ll see which one I’m going to be giving away, and you’ll have
a chance to get it. All right? So if you did like this video, go ahead and
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All right, have a great day. Thanks for watching. Take care. I’ll talk to you soon.


  1. On the Ridgid, tighten it against the tube/pipe just until the cutter and wheel touch the tube/pipe. Start turning and slightly tightening after each couple of turns, as necessary. Don't tighten it so much that it flattens the tube/pipe!

  2. Good informative video but next time at the end of your video dont stand in front of a tree that makes you look like you have an afro 😁

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