10 Best Tools for Cutting Drywall (2019) – Tested, Rated & Reviewed

best tools for cutting drywall

Are you a huge DIY fan? Or worried about how can you remove a section of drywall for installing a new item?

Yes, it’s right that cutting drywall is one of the toughest challenges for every DIY expert. Making holes and cutout the drywall or drywall panel need some skill along with the proper cutting tool.

It is very common to find various obstacles within the furniture or wall you need to work on.

But a right drywall cutter and proper practice can help you to overcome this type of obstacles.

And to provide you the proper idea about choosing the right device, I’ve listed some top drywall cutting saw, drywall cutting knife and drywall cutting rotary cutter along with their features and other detail.

But first of all, I’ve tried to highlight on the basics about drywall and cut out tools so that it would be easy for you to take the decision.

What is Drywall:

Before buying and working with a drywall, you must know what it is! Drywall is also known as wallboard, plasterboard, sheetrock, gypsum panel or gypsum board. It is a panel which is made of calcium sulfate dihydrate, with or without and typically cast between thick sheets of a facer and backer paper.

It is mainly used in the construction of ceilings and interior walls.

The plaster is mixed with fiber, foaming agent, plasticizer and various additives which can reduce flammability, mildew & water absorption.

So technically we can say that it is a sandwich where plaster of paris or gypsum is wrapped in two sheets of recycled paper.

In North America, it has become the prevalent alternative of the traditional lath & plaster as it can save time and labor.

Drywall Cutout Tool:

Drywall cut out tools are the subset of your rotary tools. These tools are the handheld versatile device which allows you to perform different tasks including shaping, cutting, cleaning, polishing, engraving, sharpening, sanding and grinding.

They are effective on a wide range of material like- cast iron, Cement, hard & soft woods, drywall, ceramic, fiberglass and many more.

Best Drywall Cutting Tools Comparison

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Editor’s Choice
Milwaukee 2627-20 M18 18-Volt Lithium-Ion Cordless Cut Out Tool Bare Tool
DEWALT DCS551B 20V Max Drywall Cut-Out Tool (Tool Only)
Best for Price
Makita 3706 Drywall Cutout 5 Amp 3,200 RPM Rotary Tool with 1/8-Inch and 1/4-Inch Collets
DEWALT DCS551D2 20V Max Lithium Ion Cordless Drywall Cut-Out Tool Kit
Makita XOC01Z 18V LXT Lithium-Ion Cordless Cut-Out Tool, Only
Dremel MM40-05 Multi-Max 3.8-Amp Oscillating Tool Kit with Quick-Lock Accessory Change Interface and...
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Milwaukee 2627-20 M18 18-Volt Lithium-Ion Cordless Cut Out Tool Bare Tool
DEWALT DCS551B 20V Max Drywall Cut-Out Tool (Tool Only)
Makita 3706 Drywall Cutout 5 Amp 3,200 RPM Rotary Tool with 1/8-Inch and 1/4-Inch Collets
DEWALT DCS551D2 20V Max Lithium Ion Cordless Drywall Cut-Out Tool Kit
Makita XOC01Z 18V LXT Lithium-Ion Cordless Cut-Out Tool, Only
Dremel MM40-05 Multi-Max 3.8-Amp Oscillating Tool Kit with Quick-Lock Accessory Change Interface and...
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Prime Status
Editor’s Choice
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Milwaukee 2627-20 M18 18-Volt Lithium-Ion Cordless Cut Out Tool Bare Tool
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Milwaukee 2627-20 M18 18-Volt Lithium-Ion Cordless Cut Out Tool Bare Tool
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DEWALT DCS551B 20V Max Drywall Cut-Out Tool (Tool Only)
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DEWALT DCS551B 20V Max Drywall Cut-Out Tool (Tool Only)
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Best for Price
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Makita 3706 Drywall Cutout 5 Amp 3,200 RPM Rotary Tool with 1/8-Inch and 1/4-Inch Collets
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Makita 3706 Drywall Cutout 5 Amp 3,200 RPM Rotary Tool with 1/8-Inch and 1/4-Inch Collets
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DEWALT DCS551D2 20V Max Lithium Ion Cordless Drywall Cut-Out Tool Kit
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DEWALT DCS551D2 20V Max Lithium Ion Cordless Drywall Cut-Out Tool Kit
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Makita XOC01Z 18V LXT Lithium-Ion Cordless Cut-Out Tool, Only
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Makita XOC01Z 18V LXT Lithium-Ion Cordless Cut-Out Tool, Only
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Dremel MM40-05 Multi-Max 3.8-Amp Oscillating Tool Kit with Quick-Lock Accessory Change Interface and...
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Dremel MM40-05 Multi-Max 3.8-Amp Oscillating Tool Kit with Quick-Lock Accessory Change Interface and...
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Top 10 Drywall Cutter Reviews

1. Milwaukee Cordless Cut Out Tool - (Model no 2627-20) - Editor’s Choice

Milwaukee Cordless Cut Out Tool

The most advanced features are incorporated in this device (Model no 2627-20). It has a 4-pole 18 volt motor to produce 28, 000 RPM. This device is suitable for heavy and professional use. It is protected by ‘overload protection’ to save the device from abusive usage, giving it a longer life span. 

The package includes a cut out tool, belt clip, wrench, 1/8 in. collet, 1/4 in. collet and two 1/8 in. drywall bits. All the provided power tools can be operated with M18 batteries. The long lasting REDLITHIUM 3.0Ah battery can cut upto 120 times in one go.

Depth guard is adjustable for variety of materials and cuts. However, some users find the adjustment difficult to set and prefer removing entirely. But everyone agreed in one matter that, this tool literally can work faster as advertised, compared to other cut out tools.

Using this tool is a breeze. There is a top vent to blow the dusts away from you and let you work hassle free. The tool is lightweight (2.36 pounds) and has comfortable grip, so that you never feel stress on your hand even after a day long job. Integratedly, all the impressive features make this device the best drywall cutter and ideal to use in workshops for professional tasks. The accessories you get for the price you pay makes this tool a real deal breaker.

Things We Liked

  • Comes with several accessories;
  • LED included;
  • Top vent removes dust;
  • Adjustable depth guard;
  • Affordable;
  • Suitable for professional use;
  • Fast operation. 

Things We Didn’t Like

  • Depth guard is less effective.

2. DEWALT Max Drywall Cut-Out Tool (Model No. DCS551B)

DEWALT Max Drywall Cut-Out Tool

Like all other tools manufactured by DEWALT, this cutout tool (Model No. DCS551B) is also best best in its class. It can be used to a wide range of applications and comes with basic features that make this tool the current best drywall cutout tool in the market.

The powerful 20 volts motor can generate 26,000 RPM motor in a snap. Switching the bits is easy, can be done without any wrench. This feature makes it convenient for a variety of cuts.

To illuminate the work piece and let you work in dimly lit areas, a bright LED has been attached at the top of the tool. Most of the time, the switch of the ordinary cut out tools get clogged by dust and makes the tool useless. But this Max DryWall Cut Out Tool by DEWALT comes with a Dust sealed switch, making the tool perfect for heavy duty operation for years!

This cutter is battery operated, to let you work is remote places and off grid areas. Battery does not included with this package, prepare to buy two lithium-ion batteries to run this machine. It is easy to hold and use due to its light weight (2.5 pounds). But storing it is a problem because it does not come with a case. This is a expensive cutter but the quality of the tool, the accuracy of its performance and the longevity you get with this price is unbeatable.

Things We Liked

  • Powerful motor;
  • Easy bit change;
  • LED included;
  • Portable. 

Things We Didn’t Like

  • Pricey.

3. Makita-Drywall Cutout Rotary Tool (Model No 3706)

Makita-Drywall Cutout Rotary Tool

A lot of users prefer electric cut out tool over battery operated ones to save expenses on battery and charger. Makita launched this tool specially for them and it has a 10 foot long power cord with cord guard. 

This tool has the highest capacity to cut a wide range of material due to its 32,000 RPM (maximum in this list). This high speed is produced by the 5.0 AMP motor. Its bit changing and depth guard adjustment is tool-free.

Various tools are provided with the packaging as accessories. You get 2 pc. 1/8"" Drywall Guide Bit, 2 collets of 1/4"" and  1/8"" and a Wrench along with the tool in the package. The locks and switches are dust sealed for longer lasting operation.

The tool is only 2.4 lbs. And has a super slim body for convenient operation. To make it perfect for heavy use, a centrifugal fan in included to cool down the motor. Where as the vent has another fan to keep the dust away from the operator. The price is the only bothering matter of this tool. But as a electric tool, the price is got to be higher than the battery operated ones.

Things We Liked

  • Easy depth adjustment;
  • High RPM;
  • Accessories included;
  • Cooling fan and exhaust fan attached;
  • Electric. 

Things We Didn’t Like

  • Expensive.

4. DEWALT Cordless Drywall Cut-Out Tool Kit (Model No DCS551D2)

DEWALT Cordless Drywall Cut-Out Tool Kit

In this package, 2 lithium ion batteries are included. So, its price is relatively higher than other battery operated cut out tools. But don’t back out for the price, this device is made for heavy duty usage and has the identical high quality of other DEWALT products. 

Its highest speed is 26,000rpm RPM that may seem insufficient but it is enough to cut plywood, ceiling tiles, drywall and many more. Bit changing is swift with this tool, does not require any wrench. Depth guard is also made adjustable. But in reality that feature has been less effective for me.

The on/off switch has a long life due to its dust seal. To let you work in dimly lit areas, a LED is attached at the top to illuminate the work piece. Two 20 volt lithium-ion batteries are provided. Both are 2.0, which is enough for light usage. For heavy use, i recommend to use 4.0 or 5.0 batteries, for long hours operation.

Things We Liked

  • Batteries included;
  • Long lasting switch;
  • LED attached;
  • Durable machine. 

Things We Didn’t Like

  • Vibrates.

5. Makita Cordless Cut-Out Tool (model no XOC01Z)

Makita Cordless Cut-Out Tool

You can get the advantage of corded cut out tools in this cordless tool by Makita. Its 18 volt lithium Ion battery is efficient to get charged quickly and hold the charge for a long time. The maximum RPM is 30,000, makes the device suitable to cut different materials. 

Changing bits and adjusting depth guard can be done within a blink. Thank to its shaft lock for on board bit changing and tool free depth adjustment. Its Star Protection Computer Controls effectively monitor the performance of the machine and protects it from overheating resulting from overloading and heavy use. So, there is less chance this tool will be damaged due to heavy duty usage.

You will get 2 pcs 1/8" Cut-Out Bit and 1 Spanner Wrench with the tool as accessories. But the tool is compatible to ¼’’ bits as well. Battery and charger needs to be purchased separately.

There is no dust management feature in this device, that really annoyed me. Other than that, the tool is lightweight (2.1 pounds ) but after putting on the battery, its weight reaches up to 3.7 lbs. If that slight heavier weight does not bother you after considering its advanced features, then you can invest in it, because it lies in the ‘inexpensive’ category.

Things We Liked

  • Inexpensive;
  • Cordless, battery operated;
  • Powerful operation;
  • Easy to replace bits;
  • Adjustable depth guard. 

Things We Didn’t Like

  • Noisy.  

6. DEWALT Cut-Out Rotary Tool -(model no DW660)

DEWALT DW660 Cut-Out 5 Amp 30,000 RPM Rotary Tool with 1/8-Inch and 1/4-Inch Collets

Cut any material from light dry wall to thick, dense treated plywood with DW660 cut-out tool by DEWALT. Because it is equipped with a powerful 120 volt 5 amp ac motor that creates RPM up-to 30.000 within seconds. 

It is electric, hence there is no hassle to purchase battery and charger separately and constantly worry about draining out the battery in the middle of jobs. Like all other cut-out tools manufactured by DEWALT, this one also comes with dust proof switch for longevity of the switch.

Besides, adjusting the depth guide and changing the bit is tool free, hence, no need to carry a wrench all the time. As accessories, 1 drywall cutting bit and 2 collets of 1/4", 1/8" size are included in the packaging. This tool weighs  3.4 pounds. Its slim, ergonomic and well balanced body is perfect for stress free prolonged use. It costs almost one third of other DEWALT battery operated cut out tools. So, it is the best budget tool from DEWALT.

Things We Liked

  • Affordable;
  • Electric operation;
  • Powerful motor;
  • Accessories included;
  • Tool free bit changing. 

Things We Didn’t Like

  • Blows dust.

7. DeWaIt Fixed Blade Utility Knife with 15 Blades - For Drywall, Construction, Crafts, Industrial

DeWaIt Fixed Blade Utility Knife with 15 Blades - For Drywall, Construction, Crafts, Industrial

A drywall cutting knife is the most economic option to cut large panels of dry walls with out dealing with the dust and noise. No matter how economic a tool is, we always look for convenience of use and accuracy of the delivery. Considering these two matters, our best pick for cutting knife is DEWALT fixed blade utility knife. 

The knife comes with 5 blades stored in its handle and a pack of 10 carbide blades with in the package. The carbide blades has a lifespan of 5 times longer than ordinary blades. The blades securely places on the knife handle; does not slide or slip neither retract in the handle.

The grip is rubberized and has a thumb pad for secure yet comfortable hold on the tool. Durability and quality is combined with convenience in this tool. All these abilities make this one the best cut out knife in the market for the price.

Things We Liked

  • Comfortable grip;
  • Handle has storage for 5 blades;
  • Comes with 15 blades;
  • Non sliding hold of the blade. 

Things We Didn’t Like

  • Needs practise to obtain precise performance.

8. WilFiks Razor Sharp 6.5” Pro Jab Saw

WilFiks Razor Sharp 6.5' Pro Jab Saw, Drywall Hand Saw, Perfect For Sawing, Trimming, Gardening,...

Cutting saws are a must have for every home owners, tenants, workshop owners, gardeners and carpenters. You never know when you will need this versatile device in emergencies. Hence, a quality cut out saw should always be in your tool box. Our top pick for jab saw is the 6.5 inches saw from WilFiks. 

The blade is almost the same for jab saws. The feature that makes this saw unique is its soft handle. It fits to hands of every size. Besides, it has anti slip grip-the feature that needs for sweaty hands.

The attached blade has a sharp tip to perfectly punch in the dry walls. Induction teeth of the blade keeps it as good as new even after countless cuts. The blade comes with three cutting surfaces to work 50% faster than any other saws available in the market. It weighs several ounces and costs a few bucks. But the feature it has are unbeatable and convenient for daily light usage.

Things We Liked

  • Economic;
  • Cuts 50% faster;
  • Anti slip grip;
  • Handle fits everyone.

Things We Didn’t Like

  • No cons.

9. Dremel MM40-05 Multi-Max 3.8-Amp Oscillating Tool Kit

Dremel Multi-Max 3.8-Amp Oscillating Tool Kit

If you are looking for a multi tasking oscillating tool, then this tool from Dremel is the best choice for you. It comes with 36 accessories which will serve your every need of cutting different materials. 

This tool is equipped with a powerful 3.8 Amp motor, that will give you the expected performance even in demanding applications. It has speed settings and quick boost functionality to select the desired speed and hold on to it throughout the performance.

The accessories included with the package are MM450 Wood/Drywall Blade, MM482 Flush Cutting Blade, MM480 Flush Cutting Blade, and MM435 Drywall Jab Saw for cutting; MM502 1/16 inch Grout Blade for grout removal; MM610 Flexible Scraper for scraping;  MM70W Sandpaper sheets for wood (x15), MM14 Hook and Loop Pad, MM70P Sandpaper sheets for paint (x14) for sanding And 1 Hard Carry Case to store everything neatly.

Accessories can be changed tool free with the quick lock and the attached magnetic flanges of this device. One that that I miss in this device is a LED. But the performance it gives for the price still worth it.

Things We Liked

  • Inexpensive;
  • Powerful to suit demanding jobs;
  • 36 accessories provided. 

Things We Didn’t Like

  • No cons.

10. Rockwell 4-1/2” Compact Circular Saw with Accessory Kit  (Model No RK3441K )

Rockwell RK3441K 4-1/2' Compact Circular Saw, 5 amps, 3500 rpm with Dust Port and Accessory Kit

As a circular drywall cutting saw, we choose the 4-½ inches saw due to its lightweight, compact design and portability is better compared to 7-½ inches saws. Rockwell made this device with 5-amp motor to produce 3,500 RPM, same as large saws. 

This machine weighs only 5 lbs; almost 50% lighter than bulky 7-1/4” circular saws, making it convenient for overhead use. The maximum cutting depth is 1-11/16” inches at 90 degree and  1-1/8” at 45 degrees. In one pass, it can slice a 2 x 4 inches dimensional wood piece.

The cutting capacity we need from a circular saw to cut out drywalls is mostly covered in this 4-½ inches saw. This machine eliminates the need to carry around a bulky and heavy saw to do the simple jobs. The blade is smaller, hence this tool can be availed within a tight budget range.

Things We Liked

  • Lightweight;
  • Easy to use and carry;
  • Powerful motor;
  • Economic.

Things We Didn’t Like

  • Less suitable for heavy use.

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How to Cut Drywall:

To cut the drywall you can use any of these following methods-

1. With Cutting Knife:

While you’re thinking to cut drywall with your cutting knife you can follow these simple steps-

  • Take time to measure & mark the cutting lines your drywall panel. This will help you to cut the drywall accurately.
  • Always wear your hand glove to avoid injuries.
  • After marking, place the panel on your workbench and score along the lines using the knife.
  • Snap the back of your panel with the scored line and cut the drywall.
  • To cut the back of the drywall again use your cutting knife.

2. With Jab Saw:

If you’re planning to cut the drywall with a jab saw, following steps may help you-

  • First, you need to measure & mark the panel.
  • Make a hole to close the edges of the line. This hole will work as the starting point for cutting the drywall.
  • While holding the saw, try to keep away it from your face.
  • Put your thumb on the backside of the handle for better grip.
  • Start cutting from the hole you drilled along the border of the marked line.
  • Repeat the process for other lines which is close to the hole.
  • Drill another hole on the opposite end of the cutting area and repeat the whole process.
  • Finish your cutting process by cutting the remaining pieces in the area.

3. With Rotary Cutter:

If you are wondering about how to cut drywall on the wall, you can do it using a rotary cutter. All you need to follow these steps-

  • Prepare the area you want to cut and observe the depth of cutting and check if there are any electric wires passing behind the part of the wall.
  • Measure and mark lines using a ruler and pencil.
  • Must wear protective gear like- goggles or sunglasses and gloves.
  • Fix the cutting bit on your rotary tool.
  • You should adjust the depth guide so that you’ll only go as deep as you want the depth to cut.
  • If you’re using a corded tool, plug the tool into the socket and check it by powering on and off before using.
  • Hold your tool using both of your hands and now point the cutting bit at the center.
  • In case of cut the drywall in a circle, you need the diameter of the circle, then place the pivot of your cutter attachment on the pivot mark.
  • Power on the rotary cutter and start cutting slowly from the center towards one edge of the cutting area and repeat this with the other marked lines until you’re done with all marked area.
best tools for cutting drywall

How to Select a Drywall Cutter:

Now I’ll highlight on few handy features of cut out tools which will help you select the proper tool for you-

1. Comfortable Handle:

You have to ensure that the handle of the cut-out tool you’re going to buy is easy to hold. Cushioning around the body of the handle will be comfortable to hold.

Sometimes you may need to work for a long period of time with your tool, in that case, a comfortable handle will help you to complete your project without any fatigue.

2. Easy to Change the Bit:

Make sure that the included attachment of the tool can be switched effortlessly and easily.

Some models offer a spindle lock to change single wrench bits whereas other models don’t need any tools.

You should choose the one which is easy to use and less time-consuming.

3. Replaceable Motor Brushes:

If the cutout tool you're going to buy includes replaceable motor brush, it’ll maximize your investment and enhance the life of the tool. Because a replaceable motor brush will allow you to change only the worn out and old brushes, not the whole device.

Conclusion:

Choosing the best drywall cutout tool will help you to avoid any kind of damage to any fixtures that exists in the cutting area.

Most importantly a good quality drywall cutter will lead you to precise finishing.

The tools I’ve mentioned in the list, are best in quality and able to give the smooth finishing if you practice a few time before using.

So considering the features of the suitable cut out tool compare the products of the list with your needs and pick one.

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