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. 317-7412
Mfr. Part No.632N
MYR343.82
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- - Side Cutters 110 mm - - - Yes - 1.3mm - - -
RS Stock No. 248-1978
Mfr. Part No.95 11 200
BrandKnipex
MYR248.81
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- - Cable Shears 200 mm - - - - - 20.0mm - - -
RS Stock No. 248-1811
Mfr. Part No.78 61 125 ESD
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MYR150.60
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RS Stock No. 327-0779
Mfr. Part No.527D-200
BrandBahco
MYR225.00
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- - End Cutters 200 mm - - - - - 2.5mm - - -
RS Stock No. 517-8445
Mfr. Part No.72 11 160
BrandKnipex
MYR186.25
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RS Stock No. 373-0653
Mfr. Part No.431031
BrandCK
MYR360.57
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- - Flush Cutters 210 mm - - - - - 25.0mm - - -
RS Stock No. 400-8474
Mfr. Part No.8130
BrandLindstrom
MYR329.45
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- - Diagonal Cutters 108 mm - - - Yes - 1.0mm - - -
RS Stock No. 331-0827
Mfr. Part No.985925
BrandFacom
MYR313.94
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- - Flush Cutters 230 mm - - - - - 18.0mm - - -
RS Stock No. 705-5984
Mfr. Part No.95 61 190
BrandKnipex
MYR218.31
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- - Cable Shears 190 mm - - - - - - - - -
RS Stock No. 158-5625
Mfr. Part No.74 02 180 SB
BrandKnipex
MYR169.37
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- - Diagonal Cutter 180 mm - - - - - - - - -
RS Stock No. 158-5322
Mfr. Part No.70 06 140
BrandKnipex
MYR157.71
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- - Side Cutters 140 mm - - - - - - - - -
RS Stock No. 442-0492
Mfr. Part No.TRX8180
BrandLindstrom
MYR310.10
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- - - 205 mm - - - - - 2.5mm - - -
RS Stock No. 396-6076
Mfr. Part No.74 06 200
BrandKnipex
MYR202.64
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- - Diagonal Cutter 200 mm - - - - - - - - -
RS Stock No. 288-910
Mfr. Part No.78 91 125 RS
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MYR136.90
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- - Electronics Diagonal Cutters 125 mm - - - - - - - - -
RS Stock No. 106-155
Mfr. Part No.68 01 160
BrandKnipex
MYR69.08
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- - End Cutter 160 mm - - - - Steel 4.0mm - - -
RS Stock No. 124-5832
Mfr. Part No.74 02 200 T
BrandKnipex
MYR201.60
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- - Diagonal Cutters 200 mm - - - - - 4.2mm - - -
RS Stock No. 254-298
Mfr. Part No.2233D 240
BrandBahco
MYR234.90
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- - Flush Cutters 240 mm - - - - - - - - -
RS Stock No. 524-3555
Mfr. Part No.79 02 125
BrandKnipex
MYR267.76
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RS Stock No. 806-4901
Mfr. Part No.21HDG-140A
BrandBahco
MYR186.58
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- - Side Cutters 140 mm 15.9mm - - - Alloy Steel 2.2mm - - -
RS Stock No. 910-7175
Mfr. Part No.T3888
BrandCK
MYR67.46
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- - Electronic Cutters 135 mm - - - Yes - - - - -