11 Best Tools for Cutting Drywall (Pro Guide 2021)

Are you a huge DIY fan? Or worried about how you can 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 cutting out the drywall or drywall panel needs some skill and the proper cutting tool.

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

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

A Quick Comparison of Our Favorites

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DEWALT 20V MAX Drywall Cut-Out Tool Kit (DCS551D2)
Milwaukee 2627-20 M18 18-Volt Lithium-Ion Cordless Cut Out Tool Bare Tool
DEWALT 20V MAX Drywall Cutting Tool, Cut-Out, Tool Only (DCS551B)
Spiral Saw, 32, 000 RPM, 5.0A, 9-7/8 In. L
Makita XOC01Z 18V LXT Lithium-Ion Cordless Cut-Out Tool, Only
DEWALT (DW660) Rotary Saw, 1/8-Inch and 1/4-Inch Collets, 5-Amp
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DEWALT 20V MAX Drywall Cut-Out Tool Kit (DCS551D2)
Milwaukee 2627-20 M18 18-Volt Lithium-Ion Cordless Cut Out Tool Bare Tool
DEWALT 20V MAX Drywall Cutting Tool, Cut-Out, Tool Only (DCS551B)
Spiral Saw, 32, 000 RPM, 5.0A, 9-7/8 In. L
Makita XOC01Z 18V LXT Lithium-Ion Cordless Cut-Out Tool, Only
DEWALT (DW660) Rotary Saw, 1/8-Inch and 1/4-Inch Collets, 5-Amp
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Working With Drywall

Drywall is an easy sandwich of mined gypsum rock encased during recycled paper wrapper (hence one name, Sheetrock). Neither component has much inherent strength together, nor they form a solid, highly fire-resistant wall sheathing. Once you mark the paper with a utility knife, the crumbly gypsum comes apart cleanly, directly in line with the mark.

When you're marking with a utility knife, use merely enough pressure to cut the paper barely. Cutting deeply into the gypsum core will only end in dull knives and a sprained wrist. When the blade stops cutting cleanly, you'll notice the paper begin to tear behind the knife-edge as you score. That's when it's time to vary blades.

Here are a couple of hanging tips to assist the work go smoother and with less waste:

Hang all horizontal surfaces like ceilings and soffit bottoms before you begin on the walls.

Do intricate layouts with the sheets lying flat on the ground instead of standing jittery. It'll be easier to use straightedges and chalk lines.

You have to chop openings for existing doors and windows before hanging the drywall sheets (Photos 10 – 12). Protruding jambs and insulation prevent cutting the sheets in situ. Make those cuts while the sheets are standing against the stack rather than mounted over the opening. It's helpful to possess another person support the sheet to stop breakage while you narrow, especially if the cutout involves narrow, fragile drywall legs on either side of the opening.

Save waste by cutting pieces to length before cutting to width.

Use 12-ft. long sheets rather than 8-footers if you'll handle the pieces and wrestle them into space. The leftover pieces will be longer, so they're more likely to be useful, and you'll have fewer joints to tape.

As much as possible, minimize the number of joints, especially hard-to-tape butt joints.

11 Drywall Cutter Short Reviews

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

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

1. Milwaukee Cordless Cut Out Tool - (Model no 2627-20)

Milwaukee Cordless Cut Out Tool

The most advanced features are incorporated into this device (Model no 2627-20). It has a 4-pole 18-volt motor to produce 28000 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 .colt, 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 up to 120 times in one go.

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

Using this tool is a breeze. There is a top vent to blow the specks of dust away from you and let you work hassle-free. The tool is lightweight (2.36 pounds) and has a comfortable grip so that you never feel stress on your hand even after a day-long job. Integrated, 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 the best in its class. It can be used in a wide range of applications and comes with basic features that make this tool the current most popular drywall cutout tool in the market.

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

To illuminate the workpiece 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 in remote places and off-grid areas. The battery does not include this package, preparing to buy two lithium-ion batteries to run this machine. It is easy to hold and use due to its lightweight (2.5 pounds). But storing it is a problem because it does not come with a case. This is an expensive cutter, but the quality of the tool, the accuracy of its performance, and the longevity you get with this price are 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

Many users prefer electric cut out tools over battery-operated ones to save expenses on battery and charger. Makita launched this tool, especially for them, and it has a 10-foot long power cord with a cord guard. 

This tool has the highest capacity to cut a wide range of materials due to its 32,000 RPM (maximum in this list). The 5.0 AMP motor produces this high speed. It’s a 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 long-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 is included to cool down the motor. Whereas 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 an 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 cuts 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. The 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 workpiece. Two 20 volt lithium-ion batteries are provided. Both are 2.0, which is enough for light usage. For heavy use, I recommend using 4.0 or 5.0 batteries for long hours of 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 in getting charged quickly and holding the charge for a long time. The maximum RPM is 30,000, making the device suitable to cut different materials. 

Changing bits and adjusting the depth guard can be done within a blink. Thanks to its shaft lock for onboard bit changing and tool-free depth adjustment. Its Star Protection Computer Controls effectively monitor the machine’s performance 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 with ¼’’ bits as well. The battery and charger need to be purchased separately.

There is no dust management feature in this device, which 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 slightly heavier weight does not bother you after considering its advanced features, 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) Rotary Saw, 1/8-Inch and 1/4-Inch Collets, 5-Amp

Cut any material from light drywall 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 continuously 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 a dust proof switch for the 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 for 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

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

A drywall cutting knife is the most economical option to cut large drywall panels without dealing with the dust and noise. No matter how economical a tool is, we always look for the convenience of the delivery’s use and accuracy. 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 in the package. The carbide blades have a lifespan of 5 times longer than ordinary blades. The blades are securely placed on the knife handle; they do not slide or slip nor retract in the handle.

The grip is rubberized and has a thumb pad for a secure yet comfortable hold on the tool. Durability and quality are 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, Pruning & Cutting...

Cutting saws are a must-have for every homeowner, tenant, 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 toolbox. Our top pick for a 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 the hands of every size. Besides, it has an anti-slip grip-the feature that needs for sweaty hands.

The attached blade has a sharp tip to punch perfectly in the drywalls. Induction teeth of the blade keep 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 features 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 an oscillating multi-tasking tool, this tool from Dremel is the best choice. It comes with 36 accessories, which will serve your every need for 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 I miss in this device is a LED. But the performance it gives for the price is 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

drywall cutting saw

As a circular saw for drywall cutting, 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 the 5-amp motor to produce 3,500 RPM, the 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 degrees 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 drywall is mostly covered in this 4-½ inches saw. This machine eliminates the need to carry around a bulky and heavy saw to do 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.

11. Platinum 10711C Pro Cutting Drywall Saw

Platinum 10711C Pro Cutting Drywall Saw

Platinum Tools Strong and agreed to use a mix of rigidity and craftsmanship are seen on the drywall. The rock-hard handle is joined to the high carbon steel cutting edge, and the one-piece handle or sharp edge configuration fits the grip to withstand predictable usage mileage. The solidified tip will enable you to quickly and effectively punch new sections of the drywall.

If the cut is after organization, measure and impresses the zones you need to maintain a strategic distance from some of the other development highlights. Pre-penetration into your cutting line will consider changing the glass easier than using a bribe to use your device.

Be sure to remove yourself and stay in your tested cutting area constantly. It is so much easier to remove some extra drywall than fill the holes after installation.

Things We Liked

  • The curved handle makes the underlying punch through much more comfortable.
  • The bent hold is a decent element and simple to utilize;
  • It is extremely sharp and solid.

Things We Didn’t Like

  • No cons.

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, reducing 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 versatile handheld device that allows you to perform different tasks, including shaping, cutting, cleaning, polishing, engraving, sharpening, sanding, and grinding.

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

How to Cut Drywall

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

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 on 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.

With Jab Saw

If you’re planning to cut the drywall with a jab saw, the 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 it away 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.

With Rotary Cutter

If you wonder 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 any electric wires are 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 it.
  • Hold your tool using both of your hands and now point the cutting bit at the center.
  • If you cut the drywall in a circle, you need the circle’s diameter, 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 areas.

How to Select a Drywall Cutter

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

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.

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.

Replaceable Motor Brushes

Suppose the cutout tool you're going to buy includes a replaceable motor brush. In that case, 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 bushes, not the whole device.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Best Tool to Cut Drywall

The most commonly used tool for cutting drywall is razors or utility blades. You score the board, apply some weight and snap!

Can a Dremel Cut Drywall

Get a drywall bit that makes quick and clean cuts. Our Quick Drywall Cutter piece contains 1/8-inch steel shanks and guide guides for general cutting around outlets and switch boxes - perfect for cutting drywall for electric boxes, air vents, and other divider highlights.

How Does One Fill a 2-inch Hole in Drywall?

Use a spatula to fill them with spackling or wall joint compound. Allow the world to dry, then sand lightly. Anything larger must be spread over with a bridging material for strength before patching compounds are often applied. Repair holes between 1/2 and 11/2 in.

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.

Last Updated on January 10, 2021 by John Dylan

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