David Barnes, Marketing Manager of KNIPEX, provides an insight into new innovative cutting tools for heating, ventilation, and plumbing engineers.

Cutting tools are a key part of any heating, ventilation, and plumbing installer’s toolkit and now KNIPEX has launched two new tools that are making cutting materials quicker, easier, and safer.

The KNIPEX BiX (90 22 10) is a new pipe cutter that cuts plastic pipes and sealing sleeves without shavings and is so compact that it fits in one hand. The blade can be used in two positions: in the middle for regular cutting of various pipe diameters, or with the external blade, enabling sealing sleeves to be cut close to the wall.   

The tool fits comfortably in one hand and can be used to cut high-temperature plastic drain pipes and empty electrical conduits in no time and with little effort. The KNIPEX BiX is suitable for unreinforced plastic pipes with a diameter of 20-50mm and a wall thickness of up to 2.4mm.

The blade unit, which is integrated in the tool can be rotated by 180°. The blade can therefore be attached in the centre of the tool to cut plastic pipes of various diameters to length or to reliably cut sealing sleeves two to three millimetres from the wall with the blade positioned on the outside. This setting ensures that work can be carried out correctly in accordance with DIN 18534, so that moisture is reliably deflected. With this new type of tool, KNIPEX is offering a solution for compliance with the DIN standard that will protect walls from long-term damage and leaks. The KNIPEX BiX can be reliably locked with a small blue latch for safe transport. The pipe cutter comes with two spare blades, which as the already installed blade, are made of special surgical stainless steel. The tool itself is cast from sturdy, fibreglass-reinforced plastic.

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Another new tool, the KNIPEX CutiX Universal knife (90 10 165) is a particularly durable and versatile snap-off knife. Featuring unique blade stabilisation, it enables safe and powerful work even when the is blade extended. The magnesium housing makes the tool light and particularly robust. The snap-off knife is suitable for numerous 18mm blades from most quality manufacturers.

This is not an ordinary carpet or box cutter. It has an extremely flexible, variably extendible stabilisation bar that makes the tool particularly versatile to use, allowing you to work faster and to cut with greater precision. The stabilisation bar ensures that an extended snap-off blade remains rigid, so that pressure can be applied more safely directly to the back of the blade. When it comes to the material used in the housing, KNIPEX has chosen magnesium for its robustness and light weight. As a result, the Universal Knife only weighs 111g, making it as light as a plastic knife and ensuring it remains a reliable companion even after years of intensive use.

The KNIPEX CutiX Universal Knife also differs from simple carpet or box cutters in many other details: the separate sliders for the blade and stabilisation bar are flat and do not protrude from the housing. This helps the slim snap-off knife to fit comfortably and ergonomically in the hand and ensures that the sliders cannot be engaged accidentally. Due to its numerous anti-slip grip zones, it can be held very flexibly: For example, firmly in the palm of your hand or between your fingers like a pen for delicate tasks.

The blade holder always holds the snap-off blades securely thanks to the hardened steel pin. The rear end of the handle is securely closed and reliably prevents the blade slider or even the blade from slipping out. As a bonus, a tether attachment point for tool tethering systems such as KNIPEX Tethered Tools allows the tool to be secured in order to prevent personal injury or damage to property.

A high quality snap-off blade, inserted and ready for use, and two spare blades in the handle compartment are included that can be changed without needing any tools. The Universal Snap-off Knife can hold a wide variety of commercially available 18 mm blades: smooth, wavy, or with hooks, for example from well-known quality manufacturers such as Tajima, NT, or Olfa.

Watch a video of the CutiX here:  

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