A PVC pipe cutter is a much safer way to cut PVC pipe than using a saw or other implements. It’s designed to cut PVC and built with that solely in mind. It’s not intended to do double duty as something else. You need to remember that it’s a tool and like all tools, it can be dangerous. That means you always need to think safety when you use a PVC pipe cutter.
You’re cutting PVC, and it can easily splinter and send shards flying off towards you. For that reason you should always wear safety goggles (not safety glasses) when you use a PVC pipe cutter. They can end up saving your eyes, and your vision is worth a lot more than a cut pipe.
Similarly, wear gloves when you use a PVC pipe cutter. The blade is sharp, as it needs to be to make a smooth cut. Gloves will lend some protection to your hands in case of slippage. Anything that makes you safer when working with tools is a good idea.
The PVC pipe cutter is ratcheted to make it easier to use when cutting. That’s fine and very useful, but don't forget one of the basic rules when cutting—have the blade pointing away from you. If you hand slips, or the blade slips, it won’t be coming towards you and you won’t risk injuring yourself.
On the surface it might seem as if having a very sharp blame could be more dangerous than a dull blade, but that’s not the case. A sharp blade will cut cleanly, smoothly, and quickly.
That means it’s less likely to become caught or leave rough edges that can cause injury. The job will go more smoothly and more safely with a great deal less frustration, as you’ll have less sanding to do on those edges later.
As with any tool, knowing how to use it properly will leave you a great deal safer. Read the instructions and follow them. They’re there for a reason. They’ll show you the correct way to use the tool, one that will keep you safe. Learn how to operate the PVC pipe cutter before you start using it. This will ensure you end up using it without any danger to yourself.
Use it as it’s intended. If a tool isn’t supposed to cut sheet metal, for example, don’t try and use it for that purpose. It won’t work properly and you could hurt yourself.
Always store your PVC pipe cutter properly. If you have a protective sleeve for it, use it. That blade is sharp and pointed, so you don’t want it loose in your toolbox or on your work bench where it could easily cut someone.
It’s better to take a few second to put the tool away as it’s meant to be than have to go to the emergency room to have stitches put in your finger or your hand-or that of your children.