Designed to fit into tight spots, the PVC shear cuts up to 2-inch Schedule 40 PVC pipe.
Designed to fit into tight spots, the PVC shear cuts up to 2-inch Schedule 40 PVC pipe.

Earlier this year, my crew and I tested three cordless plumbing tools from Milwaukee's M12 lithium-ion line. We were already using the M12 Hackzall recip saw and found it surprisingly capable for a 12-volt tool, so we were eager to try compatible products. As luck would have it, I received all three kits - the 2470-21 PVC shear, 2471-22 copper-tubing cutter, and 2432-22 ProPEX expansion tool - just as we were repiping a local casino and several houses. It took only a few weeks of using these tools on site before we were ready to change the way we worked.

We normally cut PVC, CPVC, and ABS pipe with Sioux Chief's Sawhorse handsaw, and PEX tubing with Ridgid's PC-1250 manual plastic pipe-and-tubing scissors. Milwaukee's M12 PVC shears are essentially power scissors that pivot a replaceable stainless-steel blade into a hook-shaped aluminum jaw with up to 1,900 inch-pounds of torque. They cut ABS,...

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