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. 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. 705-5984
Mfr. Part No.95 61 190
BrandKnipex
MYR220.78
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- - Cable Shears 190 mm - - - - - - - -
RS Stock No. 248-1978
Mfr. Part No.95 11 200
BrandKnipex
MYR251.62
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- - Cable Shears 200 mm - - - - - 20.0mm - -
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. 772-4132
Mfr. Part No.8314-125 JC
BrandGedore
MYR172.89
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8314 JC - Electronics Diagonal Cutters 125 mm - - - - - - - -
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. 803-4483
Mfr. Part No.1212160
MYR198.44
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- - - 90.5 mm - - - - - - - -
RS Stock No. 123-0194
Mfr. Part No.1950504
BrandIrwin
MYR310.84
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- - Diagonal Cutters 200 mm - - - - Steel - - -
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. 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. 239-6101
Mfr. Part No.22204630
MYR443.98
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- - Electronics Diagonal Cutters 4.25 in 15.01mm - - - - 0.6mm - -
RS Stock No. 847-2983
Mfr. Part No.E5352
BrandIdealtek
MYR299.38
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- - Electronic Cutters 125 mm 12.5mm - - Yes Steel 1.2mm - -
RS Stock No. 361-2252
Mfr. Part No.RX8160
BrandLindstrom
MYR357.79
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- - Diagonal Cutters 147 mm - - - Yes - 2.0mm - -
RS Stock No. 806-4910
Mfr. Part No.21HDG-140
BrandBahco
MYR222.65
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- - Side Cutters 140 mm 15.9mm - - - Alloy Steel 2.2mm - -
RS Stock No. 393-901
Mfr. Part No.PS5429C
BrandCrescent
MYR135.03
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- - Diagonal 200 mm - - - - Chrome Vanadium Steel 2.3mm - -
RS Stock No. 123-0193
Mfr. Part No.1950503
BrandIrwin
MYR250.27
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- - Diagonal Cutters 175 mm - - - - Steel - - -
RS Stock No. 332-0341
Mfr. Part No.7191
BrandLindstrom
MYR311.41
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- - Diagonal Cutters 109 mm - - - Yes - 1.0mm - -
RS Stock No. 239-6482
Mfr. Part No.170MN
MYR64.97
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- - Flush Cutters 127 mm - - - Yes - 0.8mm - -
RS Stock No. 822-7660
Mfr. Part No.63801-9700
BrandMolex
MYR12,578.28
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Mfr. Part No.79 02 120
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MYR255.92
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