|Manufacturer||Ridgid Tool Company|
|Item Weight||2.05 pounds|
|Product Dimensions||10 x 5.1 x 2.7 inches|
|Country of Origin||China|
|Item model number||31642|
|Is Discontinued By Manufacturer||No|
|Size||1/4-inch to 2-5/8-inch Tube Cutter|
|Power Source||Hand Powered|
|Item Package Quantity||1|
|Warranty Description||Lifetime warranty on material defects and workmanship for the normal life of the product|
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RIDGID 31642 Model 152 Quick-Acting Tubing Cutter, 1/4-inch to 2-5/8-inch Tube Cutter
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- X-CEL knob for cutting tubing more quickly and easily with a larger, more ergonomic design
- Quick-acting design, I-beam construction and hardened wear surfaces for superior durability. Thrust-bearing slide assemblies for smooth operation
- Features a convenient fold-away reamer to clean and insure a better connection
- X-CEL wheel pin with ball detent designs allows you to change the cutter wheel quickly with no tool needed and no lost clips
- Tubing cutter has a 1/4-inch to 2-5/8-inch (6 mm to 66 mm) cutting capacity
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|Item Dimensions||10 x 5.1 x 2.7 inches||1.9 x 5 x 9 inches||1 x 1 x 1 inches||3.9 x 3.9 x 11.8 inches||0 x 0 x 0 inches|
The RIDGID 31642 Quick-Acting Tubing Cutter delivers fast and clean cuts every time. Offering enhanced productivity, the tube cutter has a large ergonomic X-CEL knob that provides a firmer grip so you can cut tubing quickly and easily, and an X-CEL ball detent wheel pin that allows for quick, tool-free cutter wheel changes in seconds, with no lost clips.
Built to stand the test of time, the metal tube cutter features sturdy I-beam construction and durable, hardened wear surfaces. It has thrust bearing slide assemblies for smooth operation, and a convenient fold-away reamer.
The tubing cutter has a 1/4-inch to 2-5/8-inch cutting capacity and is available in models for cutting plastic pipe or metallic tubing.
Since 1923, RIDGID has remained the symbol of certainty to dedicated professionals of the expert trades. Every tool that bears the RIDGID brand is engineered to the same high standards of quality, strength and endurance, as was that first heavy-duty pipe wrench more than 80 years ago.
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Since 1923, Ridgid has remained the symbol of certainty to dedicated professionals of the expert trades. Every tool that bears the Ridgid brand is engineered to the same high standards of quality, strength and endurance as was that first heavy-duty pipe wrench more than 80 years ago. Ridgid covers its products with a Lifetime warranty against defects in material or workmanship for the life of the tool. The Ridgid 31642 is a Quick-Acting Tubing Cutter with a capacity of 1/4 to 2 5/8-Inch. This cutter features a quick-acting design, I-beam construction, hardened wear surfaces and thrust bearing slide assemblies for smooth operation. This also features fold-away reamers and now comes with an X-CEL Knob and X-CEL Pin for quicker cutting and wheel replacement.
Reviewed in the United States on November 21, 2019
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The copper cutting wheel had no problem cutting my steel pipe. I'm guessing that if you tried to use this cutter for steel a lot the blade would wear quickly, but for occasional use I think it's fine. I searched for awhile to see if there were cutting blades you could buy that were intended for steel, but I think Rigid doesn't market them for this cutter as they want you to buy a more expensive one. On an external web site I did find a blade called E-4546 aka 33190 which the site claims is meant for steel/stainless steel and it also claims it will fit this cutter, but I couldn't verify that on Rigid's web site. However, the back of the packaging that comes with the cutter does mention it works with E-4546 (Cat. No. 33190) for cutting stainless steel (it doesn't say steel, but I would guess it's fairly equivalent).
I've only cut one pipe so far but the cut lined up after one revolution by simply tightening the cutter firmly. That was not the case with a pipe cutter I rented last year - I had to torque the cutter in a particular way on the first rotation to get the cut to line up.
One thing I don't like about this cutter is the knob you turn to tighten it. My hands sweat and I have to squeeze the knob very tightly to make it tighten which hurts my hand after a bit. I much preferred the sliding bar of the previous cutter I rented that gives you leverage to tighten it easily.
The "X-CEL" pin that holds the cutter wheel in is a neat idea. It's basically a pin with two spring-loaded ball bearings on the end that prevent the pin from slipping out. It's similar to the spring-loaded ball bearings that hold a socket onto most socket wrenches.
Since they also call the knob an "X-CEL" knob I was expecting to be able to remove the knob with some sort of similar pin in order to get at the cutting wheel stored in the knob, but instead you seem to need to remove a Phillips-head screw to get at the spare cutting wheel. That's rather annoying.
The instructions that come with the cutter are pretty vague. For example, it says "Open cutter by depressing release nut". They don't have a diagram or description of what they mean by a release nut. Luckily the tool is fairly simple and I think they mean for you to press down on a black lever near the knob that lets the cutting wheel slide forward and back.
I also found there's a short blade you can fold out of the top of the tool much like a pocket knife blade. The manual doesn't mention it so I have no idea what the intended purpose is.
Well as high of quality as I think this tool is, It's definitely not a 3 or lower. I really wanted to give it 5 stars but I can't. For the past 1.5 years I've been using a ~$20 tube cutter from Menards and it finally snapped in half. I always believed that "You buy cheap, you buy twice" so this time I dropped the dime on this clearly and obviously superior tool. But I can't give it/them 5 stars because after literally 32 days of ownership (who has a 32 day return window??) the cutting wheel got a nice chip in it. I'm a reasonable guy so I figure it was a fluke and I will continue using it once I get it fixed.
I called RIDGID and got someone from customer service who did help me set it up to be serviced. So I printed off the form and shipped it to RIDGID at my expense. After 10 days I was getting impatient because I have tubes to cut! I called the number for the service center and got a "experiencing high call volume try back again in a few minutes". I think I called back about 5 times over the next hour and nobody would pick up the phone. Well after about the 2 week mark I finally got it back nice and serviced and oiled up. And it really is a good tool (probably). All's well that ends well I suppose... but in every line of work I've ever been in you cannot go 2 weeks without correspondence or even an email acknowledging that they received, fixed, shipped out, etc.If that doesn't matter to you then this is a 5 star tool.