Milwaukee’s 2470-21 M12 Cordless PVC Shear is so cool that you may want one even if you don’t cut pipe for a living. It will make clean, burr-free cuts through plastic pipes all day long. Watching this tool in action is almost mesmerizing, and to be honest, a little frightening. We highly suggest knowing where your fingers are at all times when using this sucker.
The tool can handle up to a 2-in. Schedule 40 plastic pipe. Milwaukee recommends it for PVC and PEX pipes, but we sliced through a bunch of ABS, water lines and irrigation pipes. We even hacked through a tree branch—we couldn’t resist. Older and more brittle pipes tend to crack instead of slice, so eye protection is always a good idea.
If you're a plumber or a pool guy or worked in the irrigation industry, you may be depressed that this tool wasn’t out years ago.