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. 245-0334
Mfr. Part No.896E
MYR504.83
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- - Side Cutters 120 mm - - - Yes - 1.8mm - - -
RS Stock No. 158-5568
Mfr. Part No.67 01 160 SB
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MYR146.49
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- - End Cutter 160 mm - - - - Chrome Vanadium Steel 4.5mm - - -
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Mfr. Part No.90370
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MYR259.92
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- - Diagonal Cutters 110 mm - - - - - 1.4mm - - -
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Mfr. Part No.E5161
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MYR240.62
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- - Electronics Diagonal Cutters 130 mm 16.0mm - - Yes Steel - - - -
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Mfr. Part No.406.RMT
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MYR415.52
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- - Diagonal Cutters 110 mm - - - - - 1.1mm - - -
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Mfr. Part No.63801-9700
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MYR14,296.43
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MYR290.02
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- - Side Cutters 120 mm - - - Yes - 1.2mm - - -
RS Stock No. 787-0351
Mfr. Part No.25.E5140.CRBG
BrandIdealtek
MYR239.70
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- - Electronics Diagonal Cutters 125 mm 10.0mm - - Yes Steel - - - -
RS Stock No. 239-6482
Mfr. Part No.170MN
MYR66.88
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- - Flush Cutters 127 mm - - - Yes - 0.8mm - - -
RS Stock No. 162-0122
Mfr. Part No.416.PMT
BrandFacom
MYR345.22
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- - Diagonal Cutters 110 mm - - - - - 0.8mm - - -
RS Stock No. 918-2384
Mfr. Part No.MS45 195
BrandSibille
MYR303.45
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- - Insulated Cable Cutters 195 mm - - - - - 14.0mm - - -
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Mfr. Part No.1212128
MYR206.78
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- - Flush Cutters 165 mm - - - - - 35.0mm - - -
RS Stock No. 600-8195
Mfr. Part No.79 22 125 ESD
BrandKnipex
MYR330.56
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- - - - - - - Yes - - - - -
RS Stock No. 847-2989
Mfr. Part No.E5351.CRBG
BrandIdealtek
MYR237.09
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- - Electronic Cutters 125 mm 12.5mm - - Yes Steel 1.6mm - - -
RS Stock No. 614-772
Mfr. Part No.8247
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MYR558.72
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- - End Cutters 117 mm - - - Yes - 1.0mm - - -
RS Stock No. 834-7994
Mfr. Part No.3-964-15
MYR275.68
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- - Electronic Cutters 120 mm - - - Yes Chrome Vanadium Steel 1.2mm - - -
RS Stock No. 910-7260
Mfr. Part No.T3776DEF 115
BrandCK
MYR298.19
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- - Electronic Cutters 120 mm - - - Yes - - - - -
RS Stock No. 248-3025
Mfr. Part No.70 01 180
BrandKnipex
MYR103.75
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RS Stock No. 918-2397
Mfr. Part No.MS76GM
BrandSibille
MYR2,037.69
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- - Ratchet Cable Cutter 285 mm - - - - - 600.0mm - - -
RS Stock No. 815-6394
Mfr. Part No.77 32 120 H ESD
BrandKnipex
MYR652.20
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- - Electronic Cutters 120 mm 14.0mm - - Yes Carbide 0.6mm - - -