The 5 Best Drywall Cutout Tools
Drywall cutout tools can be a time-saving purchase for professional contractors, carpenters and electricians who frequently work with drywall (Source).
They let you perform more intricate cutouts and their adjustable depth guides mean you don't have to worry about cutting through hidden electrical lines (Source).
These rotary tools come either corded or cordless, with the corded options providing greater RPM (revolutions per minute), while the cordless offer somewhat less power but are easier to use on remote job-sites where electrical outlets are scarce (Source).
Given the variety of bits you can swap in out and (without tools), you can use these cutout tools on plywood, tile, wallboard and other surface materials. Though we'd recommend against 1/4" and thicker sheet metal (Source).
How They Compare
The corded Makita drywall cut-out tool has the most RPM at 32,000, while its cordless counterpart had the most RPM among the cordless options at 30,000. Only the Milwaukee and the cordless DeWalt drywall cutout tools have integrated LED lights.
The cordless Makita was also the lightest weight at 2.1 lbs (though that's before you've purchased the battery separately), while its corded brother was the heaviest at 3.5 lbs. If you're looking for an inexpensive, 'value' option, we'd recommend checking out the corded DeWalt.
Our Top Pick: The Corded DeWalt Cutout Tool
The DeWalt rotary drywall tool ships with 1 drywall cutting bit plus 1/4" & 1/8" collets. It shuts off with a turn-on/bump-off switch and is a 5-amp, 30,000 rpm option.
Professional drywall contractors as well as home-repair hobbyists say that if you are working with drywall more than on one-off occasions, this tool makes drywall installation and repair a justified purchase.
Traditionally a thankless task, these specialized rotary tools make remodeling work much faster & easier, especially if you're used to using hand tools. While it produces a fair amount of dust, by adjusting the angle of the cuts you can mitigate that somewhat.
Buyers also advise to blow it out after every use to remove damaging dust. Though it has a sealed motor- it's a sensible precaution to blow it out and keep moving parts dust-free.
|Cutout Drywall Tool||Our Rating||Price ($)||Cordless?||RPM||LED Light?||Weight|
|The DeWalt Corded Cutout Rotary Tool||4.5||$||No||30,000||No||3.4 lbs|
|The Makita Cordless Drywall Cutout Tool||4.3||$$$||Yes||30,000||No||2.1 lbs|
|The Milwaukee Cordless Cutout Tool||4.0||$$$||Yes||28,000||Yes||2.4 lbs|
|The DeWalt Cordless Drywall Cutout Tool||4.5||$$$||Yes||26,000||Yes||2.5 lbs|
|The Makita Drywall Cutout Rotary Tool||4.9||$$||No||32,000||No||3.5 lbs|