What You Ought to Know About Drip Irrigation Punches

Most drip irrigation systems require you to punch holes into the solid mainline tubing. The exception is if you are using ¼” micro-tubing as your mainline tubing (read about limitations). The thinking is that you use your mainline tubing to carry the water close to where you need it. Then you punch a hole and add a dripper or a reducing connector and run micro-tubing to the plant to be watered (watch a video on how to do it).

A lot of people don’t think about what type of punch they want. Depending on your project, a punch can make a big difference in the overall enjoyment of the installation process. Let’s take a look at some examples.

Have 100's of Holes to Punch?

For anyone needing to punch hundreds of holes, we strongly recommend a spring-loaded punch like the pro punch, pocket punch, 2 in 1 punch & cutter or cut-n-punch. All of these are easy on the hands and punch nice clean holes, punch after punch.

Loss Of Hand Strength?

Anyone that has lost some hand strength due to arthritis or aging would also benefit from any type of spring-loaded punch. With little effort, clean holes can be punched over and over if needed.

Need to Punch Holes in Tubing Larger Than 1/2"?

Most of our punches do this (except the Orbit professional punch or the pocket punch—these can only punch holes in ½” tubing). The pro punch comes with a removable guard that allows ¾” tubing to fit into the punch. If you’re punching holes in 1” tubing, then we recommend a punch without a guide, like the cut-n-punch, standard punch, or key punch.

Need a Punch and Tubing Cutter?

We have several all-in-one tools for cutting and punching: 2 in 1 punch & cutter, cut-n-punch and deluxe punch with cutter. These will punch nice clean holes and come with super sharp cutting blades.

Want the Cheapest Hole Punch?

We sell key punches for $0.48! They punch a clean hole; however, after they’ve been for a bit, the plastic tip begins to round and doesn’t punch clean holes. This can be a great inexpensive punch if you only need a few holes and are not going to expand in the future. If you might expand your system, we would recommend stepping up to our standard punch. It comes with a stainless steel tip that can punch hundreds of holes and is a bargain at just $2.29.


That’s a quick rundown on punches and some scenarios to keep in mind when selecting a punch so you can get the right one for your needs.