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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RS Stock No. 361-3075
Mfr. Part No.8151
BrandLindstrom
MYR269.53
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- - Diagonal Cutters 112 mm - - - Yes - 1.6mm - - -
RS Stock No. 707-4881
Mfr. Part No.N535301
BrandNWS
MYR236.14
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- - 6-in-1 VDE Supercutter 190 mm - Yes - - Alloy Steel 2.5mm - - -
RS Stock No. 524-3533
Mfr. Part No.79 22 125
BrandKnipex
MYR313.43
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RS Stock No. 297-1982
Mfr. Part No.70 07 180
BrandKnipex
MYR229.13
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RS Stock No. 431-0424
Mfr. Part No.822N
MYR391.97
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- - Side Cutters 120 mm - - - Yes - 1.8mm - - -
RS Stock No. 815-6372
Mfr. Part No.97 40 20 SB
BrandKnipex
MYR312.64
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- - Compression Tool 175 mm - - - - - - - - -
RS Stock No. 178-926
Mfr. Part No.2403E
MYR471.20
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- - Tip Cutters 130 mm - - - Yes - 1.6mm - - -
RS Stock No. 600-8224
Mfr. Part No.79 02 120 ESD
BrandKnipex
MYR311.71
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- - - - - - - Yes - - - - -
RS Stock No. 910-7264
Mfr. Part No.T3775D
BrandCK
MYR229.14
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- - Diagonal Cutters 140 mm - - - Yes - - - - -
RS Stock No. 763-8176
Mfr. Part No.95 36 320
BrandKnipex
MYR1,849.84
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- - Ratchet Cable Cutter 320 mm - Yes - - - 60.0mm - - -
RS Stock No. 297-2036
Mfr. Part No.95 17 500
BrandKnipex
MYR867.77
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- - Cable Shears 500 mm - Yes - - - 27.0mm - - -
RS Stock No. 539-643
Mfr. Part No.MS6RS-170
BrandSibille
MYR159.37
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- - End Cutters 170 mm - - - - - 1.6mm - - -
RS Stock No. 601-0671
Mfr. Part No.70 01 110
BrandKnipex
MYR79.93
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- - Side Cutters 110 mm - - - - - - - - -
RS Stock No. 288-897
Mfr. Part No.64 62 120 ESD
BrandKnipex
MYR285.27
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- - - - - - - Yes - - - - -
RS Stock No. 806-4908
Mfr. Part No.21HDG-180A
BrandBahco
MYR194.82
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- - Side Cutters 180 mm 19.8mm - - - Alloy Steel 2.7mm - - -
RS Stock No. 334-1641
MYR25.143
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RS Stock No. 918-2334
Mfr. Part No.MC45I
BrandSibille
MYR378.97
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- - Flush Cutters 190 mm - - - - - 35.0mm - - -
RS Stock No. 772-4132
Mfr. Part No.8314-125 JC
BrandGedore
MYR155.60
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8314 JC - Electronics Diagonal Cutters 125 mm - - - - - - - - -
RS Stock No. 187-8315
Mfr. Part No.77 02 130
BrandKnipex
MYR182.40
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- - Electronic Cutters 130 mm - - - - - - - - -
RS Stock No. 124-6109
Mfr. Part No.TAH2101G-160
BrandBahco
MYR225.29
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TAH2101G-160 - Side Cutters 160 mm 18.0mm - Yes - Alloy Steel 3.8mm - - 2.5mm