Hole Pro® for Electricians
The Hole Pro Power Series adjustable hole cutter kits are ideal for quickly cutting exact size holes in sheet metal, sheetrock, plywood, plaster, Hardi fiber cement board, and fiberglass, wood, plywood, OSB, MDF, veneers, Formica, and acoustical ceiling tile. The ABS composite plastic safety shield enables a hand drill to work like a portable drill press keeping the hole cutter perpendicular to the surface and provides and adjustment to limit the depth of the cut (no accidental cutting of hidden wiring or plumbing), while safely trapping all the dust, shavings, and the cut plug.
With just the blades making contact with the material being cut there is one-third as much torque required to cut a hole compared to using a conventional hole saw. This means the smaller and lighter 14 volt 3/8” cordless drills can be used to cut hole after hole on the job. It also means greatly reduced risk of stalling or kick back as when a hole saw hits a joist or stud and the drill and operator are spun in the opposite direction.
The Hole Pro adjustable hole cutters are faster, safer and easier to use than conventional cup style hole saws. Standard hole saws have a lot of surface area to grab the work piece being cut, especially if the drill is not perfectly perpendicular to the surface being cut. When the cup saw grabs or binds the drill starts to rotate the operator in the opposite direction, often resulting in injury. And the hole saws with all the shavings and dust make a mess of the work area.
Being adjustable, one hole cutter takes the place of a dozen or more hole saws. The adjustable hole cutter can be set to cut exactly the size hole needed. As there is a blade that cuts the material for the hole instead of teeth that saw the material, there is a much cleaner cut. With a blade there is much less surface contact and so the danger of binding and drill kickback is largely eliminated. When the blade becomes dull, just the blade needs to be replaced. The blade can be replaced by the operator in seconds using only the hex wrench provided in the kit.
The Power Series hole cutters come in 4 different sizes to provide the perfect tool for each job. The small X-148 with its 5-7/8 " capacity and 7 3/4 " OD shield can make cutouts for every size halogen and LED light can and for all 3 ", 4 " and 5 " PAR light cans while fitting into very tight locations and make the exact size hole needed. The 3 " MR16 retrofit requires a 3-1/8 " hole and the 4 " PAR20 requires a 4-1/8 " cutout, and the JUNO 5 " cans need a 5-5/8 " or a 5-7/8 " cutout. Sizes for which hole saws are not available but which can all be cut with a Hole Pro model X-148 hole cutter.
The cost of 4 hole saws for just the common recessed tungsten and CFL light cans is much greater than the cost of the X-230 kit with its ability to cut any size hole from 1-7/8 " to 9 " in diameter. With blind cable runs the hole cutter "s shield can be adjusted to cut only 5/8 " through the sheetrock on the ceiling with no concerns about accidently cutting a wire or hitting a joist and losing control of the drill.
Most heavy duty multi-range ½ inch cord drills from DeWalt and Milwaukee and other companies are rated for a maximum hole saw size of 3½” when cutting wood with a hole saw. These same drills can be used with a Hole Pro adjustable hole cutter to cut holes up to 12 inches in diameter in wood - even plywood with its glue layers.
There is no better tool for cutting holes in plaster. Though not perfect, the adjustable hole cutter provides the best combination of cutting speed and no vertical movement (as with a reciprocating saw) to loosen or crack the plaster layers. With wood lath the hole cutter will continue to cut through the lath as well as the plaster. With some types of metal lath the hole cutter can also cut through the mesh and with others it is best to cut the plaster with the hole cutter and then trim the metal with a tin snips.
There is no faster or cleaner way to make holes or brackets for exhaust fans in bathrooms and kitchen cabinets. The X-305 with its 1-7/8” to 12” cutting range can make perfect holes for any size bathroom ceiling fan being sold today. A hole can be cut in less time than it takes to trace a circle and there are no shavings to vacuum up or cut plug to catch as everything is safely trapped inside the shield. When the hole cutter and shield is flipped over the debris and cut plug just falls off and into a 5-gallon pail or other container.
There are four different models for different electrical installation applications where exact size roughins are needed. So whether you are cutting recessed can or ceiling lights with the X-148 or X-230, or you need cutouts for residential or commercial in-ceiling audio speakers or CCTV installations (where the X-305 with its 12 " capacity is the perfect tool), or need to get into an attic space and need the model X-425 to make a 17 " access opening, there is a Hole Pro adjustable hole cutter that will get the job done quickly and cleanly.
The blades are easily changed in seconds and there are high speed steel and tungsten carbide versions available. The high speed steel blades are ideal for cutting wood, most plastics, and MDF, and provide a smooth cut with a fine kerf. The tungsten carbide blades provide excellent durability when cutting hard or abrasive materials including sheetrock, plaster, plywood, fiberglass, and Hardie and similar fiber cement board products.
When cutting holes in Hardi soffit or siding for lights, the Hole Pro hole cutter’s safety shield safely traps all the dust. Fiber cement board products, like those from James Hardie, Cemplank, CertainTeed and others, contain a large percentage of silica which is very dangerous to inhale as it stays in the lungs and can cause silicosis (scarring of the lungs) and lung cancer. For this reason the companies producing these products recommend scoring and breaking the boards and advise against cutting them with a saw. For holes, using a Hole Pro hole cutter is a great way to cut holes in any wall or soffit while safely trapping all the silica dust inside.
With the adjustable hole cutter there is no need for a template and tracing the hole. Locate the hole’s center and start drilling with the hole cutter’s pilot drill bit. You get a perfectly cut hole every time at exactly the size needed for the job - no smaller and no larger.
Only the Hole Pro adjustable hole cutters have a unique clear ABS composite plastic dust and safety shield with a patented tri-slot design. Although more expensive to manufacture, the result is a lighter and yet much stronger shield that will hold up to daily use on the job site. The shield’s tri-slot design that catches the shavings as the cutter spins and keeps the work surface visible during the cutting operation.
All hole cutter kits include the precision machined adjustable hole cutter, the ABS composite plastic safety shield with its ball bearing insert, sets of high speed steel and tungsten carbide blades, hex wrenches, and a sturdy plastic carry case. All four Hole Pro twin blade X-models use the same BH-002 and BT-002 replacement blade sets that take less than a minute to change out.
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