Cutters

Cutters are handheld tools designed for cutting a variety different materials, such as wires, and other smaller objects potentially too small to be worked on by hand. Typically consisting of two levers connected closer to one end by a fulcrum, with the shorter end forming the jaw, cutters come in a variety of types and sizes. The three basic types are locking, adjustable and non-adjustable.

In order to ensure user comfort, most models of cutters will have insulated handles, allowing you to be protected whilst working and providing a firm and comfortable grip. In addition to standard insulation or cushioning, some cutters will be VDE-insulated to protect the user when working with electrical equipment.

What are cutters used for?

While the name may be fairly clear, some variations of cutters can also be used to perform other actions. For example, linesmans cutters also have a small flat section along the jaw for gripping objects as well as their cutting surface. The application will dictate which is the best type of cutter for you to use.

Types of Cutters

Used by professionals and DIYers alike to cut wires effectively, there are many types of cutters designed for specific applications:

  • Diagonal cutters, also known as side cutters or side cutter pliers, are ideal for gripping, splicing or cutting wires, as well as stripping wire insulation. They cut by indenting and wedging the wire apart and give a cleaner cut than using a knife or scissors.
  • End cutters are also known as nippers and are used to cut through wire, springs, nails, bolts and rivets. They have an almost flat-bladed head, which allows for a cut close against the surface without digging into it.
  • Wire rope cutters are used for the clean shearing of wire rope without fanning. The jaws pull the wire rope into them and trap the cable before performing a clean cut.
  • Snipe nose or needle nose cutters are designed to hold fine objects and cut them cleanly without applying pressure to the wider area, which larger cutters may do and cause damage.
  • Cable cutters or wire cutters are most commonly used in electrical applications and are designed specifically to be used with cables and wires. While most have some form of covered handle for user comfort, it is important not to confuse plastic or rubber coatings with electrical insulation.
  • Linesmans cutters are popular in communications and electrical tasks. They have a short gripping surface toward the tip of the jaw, and a cutting surface extends back to the fulcrum. They are ideal for cutting leads or stripping insulation.

For more information on cutters, cutter types and best practices, read our comprehensive guide here.


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Description Price Model Number Non Sparking Type Overall Length Jaw Length VDE/1000V Approved Height Safe ESD Safe Material Maximum Cutting Capacity Cutting Capacity Copper Wire Cutting Capacity Ductile Wire Cutting Capacity Iron Wire
RS Stock No. 794-7785
Mfr. Part No.412B.10
BrandFacom
MYR289.64
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- - Cable Cutter 170 mm 40.0mm - - - - 10.0mm - - -
RS Stock No. 162-2926
Mfr. Part No.405.12MT
BrandFacom
MYR436.13
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- - Side Cutters 125 mm - - - - - 2.0mm - - -
RS Stock No. 331-0827
Mfr. Part No.985925
BrandFacom
MYR347.26
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- - Flush Cutters 230 mm - - - - - 18.0mm - - -
RS Stock No. 755-4116
Mfr. Part No.425.MT
BrandFacom
MYR351.30
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- - Super Full Flush 110 mm 13.0mm - - - - 1.3mm - - -
RS Stock No. 176-0725
Mfr. Part No.407.E
BrandFacom
MYR449.56
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- - Diagonal Cutters 110 mm - - - Yes - 1.3mm - - -
RS Stock No. 734-8876
Mfr. Part No.405.10
BrandFacom
MYR299.45
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- - Diagonal Cutters 110 mm - - - - - 1.4mm - - -
RS Stock No. 162-0122
Mfr. Part No.416.PMT
BrandFacom
MYR402.77
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- - Diagonal Cutters 110 mm - - - - - 0.8mm - - -
RS Stock No. 194-2472
Mfr. Part No.406.RMT
BrandFacom
MYR422.85
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- - Diagonal Cutters 110 mm - - - - - 1.1mm - - -
RS Stock No. 344-3472
Mfr. Part No.391A.16VE
BrandFacom
MYR259.80
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- - Diagonal Cutters 165 mm - - - - - 3.5mm - - -
RS Stock No. 910-3186
Mfr. Part No.192.20CPESLS
BrandFacom
MYR259.42
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- - Diagonal Cutters 200 mm 22.0mm - Yes - Chrome Vanadium Molybdenum Steel - - - -
RS Stock No. 205-4936
Mfr. Part No.417.SPE
BrandFacom
MYR499.32
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- - Electronics Diagonal Cutters 110 mm 10.5mm - - Yes - 0.7mm - - -
RS Stock No. 194-2618
Mfr. Part No.417.PE
BrandFacom
MYR438.44
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- - Diagonal Cutters 110 mm - - - Yes - 0.8mm - - -
RS Stock No. 205-4829
Mfr. Part No.406.8MT
BrandFacom
MYR393.36
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- - Electronics Diagonal Cutters 110 mm 9.0mm - - - - 1.0mm - - -
RS Stock No. 910-3183
Mfr. Part No.190.20CPESLS
BrandFacom
MYR259.98
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- - End Cutters 200 mm 7.5mm - Yes - Chrome Vanadium Molybdenum Steel - - - -
RS Stock No. 178-6843
Mfr. Part No.192T.18UPE.PB
BrandFacom
MYR325.34
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192T.18UPE - Diagonal Cutters 173 mm - - - - Carbon Steel 3.0mm - - -
RS Stock No. 176-0703
Mfr. Part No.406.E
BrandFacom
MYR396.31
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- - Diagonal Cutters 110 mm - - - Yes - 1.3mm - - -
RS Stock No. 910-3177
Mfr. Part No.192.16CPESLS
BrandFacom
MYR204.34
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- - Diagonal Cutters 160 mm 18.0mm - Yes - Chrome Vanadium Molybdenum Steel - - - -
RS Stock No. 193-5603
Mfr. Part No.391A.16CPE
BrandFacom
MYR226.20
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- - Wire Cutter 160 mm - - - - - - - - -
RS Stock No. 188-3922
Mfr. Part No.416.12MT
BrandFacom
MYR356.92
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- - Semi Flush 125 mm 16.0mm - - - - 1.6mm - - -
RS Stock No. 188-3904
Mfr. Part No.427.MT
BrandFacom
MYR363.93
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- - Flush Cutters 120 mm - - - - - - - - -