Carpet Cutting Tools

By Brenda Priddy

Since the high cost of labor can make it expensive to install a new carpet, some do-it-your-selfers are able to save a few dollars by putting down their own. First, however, they had to learn about and acquire the proper carpet-cutting tools necessary for a first-rate installation.

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Features

Carpet-cutting tools, handheld and automated, are designed to cut thick carpets through both the plastic under layer and the carpeted top layer without jagged edges or unraveling any seams.

Hand Tools

Handheld carpet-cutting tools are usually used for touch-ups to a large area of carpet or to carpet small areas such as entryways. One of the main benefits of a handheld tool is that they are small and can fit into almost any spot. Carpet removal is often aided by handheld tools, which include utility knives, razor blades, straight edge blades and sometimes a small back cutter.

Automated Tools

Large rooms require more than one piece of carpet to complete the job, so there will be seams where they join. Rooms with unusual shapes will also require a machine cutter to trim the carpet to the right sizes and shapes. While most professional carpet installers already have the mechanized tools to complete a job, individuals will have to rent their own. A seam cutter is the largest carpet-cutting tool and the blades can be exchanged to provide different cutting methods.

Specialty Tools

In addition to handheld carpet-cutting tools and automated tools that run off electricity, there are specialty tools for unusual tasks. A pile cutter neatly cuts high-pile carpets to ensure that the loops do not snag or create an ugly seam line between pieces of carpet. A back cutter is used for rubberized, grooved carpets in garages and commercial buildings. The back cutter slices a precise line along the row in the carpet.

Considerations

There are many things to consider when looking at carpet-cutting tools. Since most people will not install carpet frequently, renting professional-quality tools to complete the job is the best option. However, professional carpet installers should have their own set of high-quality carpet cutting tools. It is important to check rented tools to ensure their blades are sharp. Dull blades will be hard to use and can sometimes damage the carpet or cut poorly.