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. 158-5625
Mfr. Part No.74 02 180 SB
BrandKnipex
MYR169.37
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- - Diagonal Cutter 180 mm - - - - - - - - -
RS Stock No. 270-8481
Mfr. Part No.522N
MYR352.01
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- - Side Cutters 115 mm - - - Yes - 1.6mm - - -
RS Stock No. 187-7407
Mfr. Part No.77 02 115 ESD
BrandKnipex
MYR207.76
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RS Stock No. 787-0382
Mfr. Part No.25.E5246.CRBG
BrandIdealtek
MYR250.84
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- - Electronics Diagonal Cutters 130 mm 10.0mm - - Yes Steel - - - -
RS Stock No. 787-0395
Mfr. Part No.25.E5250.CRBG
BrandIdealtek
MYR307.78
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- - Electronics Diagonal Cutters 130 mm 10.0mm - - Yes Steel - - - -
RS Stock No. 755-4116
Mfr. Part No.425.MT
BrandFacom
MYR317.59
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- - Super Full Flush 110 mm 13.0mm - - - - 1.3mm - - -
RS Stock No. 393-901
Mfr. Part No.PS5429C
BrandCrescent
MYR121.53
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- - Diagonal 200 mm - - - - Chrome Vanadium Steel 2.3mm - - -
RS Stock No. 158-5568
Mfr. Part No.67 01 160 SB
BrandKnipex
MYR146.49
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- - End Cutter 160 mm - - - - Chrome Vanadium Steel 4.5mm - - -
RS Stock No. 123-0194
Mfr. Part No.1950504
BrandIrwin
MYR285.97
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- - Diagonal Cutters 200 mm - - - - Steel - - - -
RS Stock No. 918-2384
Mfr. Part No.MS45 195
BrandSibille
MYR303.45
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- - Insulated Cable Cutters 195 mm - - - - - 14.0mm - - -
RS Stock No. 847-2977
Mfr. Part No.E5291.CRBG
BrandIdealtek
MYR275.13
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- - Tip Cutters 135 mm 18.0mm - - Yes Steel 1.2mm - - -
RS Stock No. 484-770
Mfr. Part No.14 25 160
BrandKnipex
MYR197.06
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- - Side Cutters 160 mm - - - - - 2.5mm - - -
RS Stock No. 600-8218
Mfr. Part No.79 42 125 ESD
BrandKnipex
MYR322.02
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- - - - - - - Yes - - - - -
RS Stock No. 297-1998
Mfr. Part No.74 07 200
BrandKnipex
MYR276.89
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- - VDE High Leverage Diagonal Cutters 200 mm - - - - - - - - -
RS Stock No. 400-6080
Mfr. Part No.HS6000
BrandLindstrom
MYR395.95
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- - - 145 mm 12.7mm - - - - 2.0mm - - -
RS Stock No. 484-811
Mfr. Part No.95 61 150
BrandKnipex
MYR141.19
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- - Bowden Cable Cutter 150 mm - - - - - 3.0mm - - -
RS Stock No. 787-0402
Mfr. Part No.E5342.CR.BG.ITR
BrandIdealtek
MYR285.46
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- - Electronics Diagonal Cutters 125 mm 10.0mm - - Yes Steel - - - -
RS Stock No. 431-0121
Mfr. Part No.812 N
MYR443.44
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- - Side Cutters 120 mm - - - Yes - 1.8mm - - -
RS Stock No. 614-772
Mfr. Part No.8247
BrandLindstrom
MYR558.72
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- - End Cutters 117 mm - - - Yes - 1.0mm - - -
RS Stock No. 415-3833
Mfr. Part No.68 01 200 SB
BrandKnipex
MYR115.94
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