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The HVY Cutter is a tunnel boring machine that appears exclusively to Grand Theft Auto V.


The Cutter is a large vehicle that is designed as a mobile tunnel boring vehicle. The vehicle features a large panel at its front end with 5 large circular blades. The blades are non-functional, and serve only as decorations. Its main body is rather generic, featuring only a small driver cab on the left. It is featured in a preparation mission for the final heist in GTA V, as well as being used in the heist itself (only If the "obvious" approach is chosen).

Overall. the Cutter's design isn't based on any regular tunnel bore machine, and therefore could be considered an original concept. The design is simply a large truck with the tunnel driller attached onto the front.

Current Design Gallery


Grand Theft Auto V

It's slow and somewhat hard to maneuver. The Cutter is able to perform sharp turns thanks to its rear-wheel steering. However, due to its large size, it may be difficult to drive in small, enclosed areas. Also, it can be a problem to control the vehicle at some points, as it may easily lose control when turning. It is obvious to say that the Cutter is a heavy vehicle and therefore is able to easily wreck vehicles with the boring panel and to push objects as well; at medium to high speeds, the Cutter can easily deal high damage to other vehicles such as popping their tires, dealing large vehicle deformation, and destabilizing them while driving.

GTA V Overview

Source Acceleration
(0 - 60mph / 0 - 100km/h)
Top Speed
(mph / km/h)
Engine Details
(Cubic Capacity/Layout/Type)
Number + Type
(Kg / lb)

(i.e. Game data definitions, or claimed in-game.) (Claimed Top Speeds)

n/a 40 / 64 (handling.dat)




25000 / 55115

(i.e. recorded/tested using in-game data.) (Observed Top Speeds & Acceleration Times)

Cannot be observed
(no first-person view available)
Cannot be observed
(no first-person view available)




Mass cannot be observed.

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The Cutter cannot be obtained through conventional means outside the missions Driller or The Big Score. The only way to obtain the Cutter is through editing a save file, but the player will not be able to save it in a garage because its large front end does not let it fit inside the garage's doorway. The player can save the Cutter by parking it in the parking spaces outside the Vanilla Unicorn strip club.

Strangely, if the player finds a way to spawn a Cutter, they will be able to take it to a Los Santos Customs garage and modify it, albeit with a very limited selection of modifications. The player must reverse the vehicle through the garage door, and once it enters at least half way, the Cutter will appear inside the garage. However, doing so will prevent the player from exiting the garage, as the front panel blocks the vehicle from exiting.


  • Seen in a preparation mission for the final heist, where it is on the back of a trailer the player must steal.
  • Only driveable in the final heist, it doesn't spawn outside this mission.

Prominent Appearances in Missions


  • The Cutter cannot destroy solid/non-destructible parts of map, so if the player manage to obtain one, it won't drill anything or won't even slice a car, this is because the wall from the Union Depository was scripted to be destroyed.
  • Unlike other construction vehicles, the Cutter lacks a radio, first person view, or cinematic view, just like the Submersible, these two, along with the Tractor, are the only three motor vehicles that lacks a radio. It still lacks a first person view in the enhanced version of GTA V, that makes the Cutter one of the few vehicles in the enhanced version that lack a true first person view.
  • The design of the vehicle is somewhat strange, as real tunnel boring machines didn't use the Cutter's body. It's probably an original concept with the body of another machinery.
    • In fact, in the 1995 film Die Hard With a Vengeance, there's a similar vehicle, also an original movie concept. [1]
    • While the Cutter is referred as a tunnel boring machine, real tunnel boring machines can be seen in the game, see here.
  • Oddly, the motor device connecting the main cutters to the shaft is made up of many textures from things like lights, camshaft covers, carburettors, engine block detail, warning signs and spark plug textures, as seen here.


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