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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Description Price Model Number Non Sparking Type Overall Length Jaw Length VDE/1000V Approved Height Safe ESD Safe Material Maximum Cutting Capacity Cutting Capacity Ductile Wire Cutting Capacity Iron Wire
RS Stock No. 700-6904
Mfr. Part No.431008
BrandCK
MYR276.32
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- - Side Cutters 160 mm - - - - - 4.0mm - -
RS Stock No. 822-7660
Mfr. Part No.63801-9700
BrandMolex
MYR12,578.28
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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. 344-3472
Mfr. Part No.391A.16VE
BrandFacom
MYR230.41
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- - Diagonal Cutters 165 mm - - - - - 3.5mm - -
RS Stock No. 415-3833
Mfr. Part No.68 01 200 SB
BrandKnipex
MYR126.02
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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. 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. 687-9978
Mfr. Part No.2250V-230
BrandBahco
MYR691.91
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- - Flush Cutters 230 mm - - - - - - - -
RS Stock No. 194-2472
Mfr. Part No.406.RMT
BrandFacom
MYR415.52
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- - Diagonal Cutters 110 mm - - - - - 1.1mm - -
RS Stock No. 787-0405
Mfr. Part No.25.E5540.CRBG
BrandIdealtek
MYR297.11
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- - Electronics Diagonal Cutters 125 mm 10.0mm - - Yes Steel - - -
RS Stock No. 500-1452
Mfr. Part No.70 02 140
BrandKnipex
MYR105.60
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- - Side Cutters 140 mm - - - - - - - -
RS Stock No. 123-0193
Mfr. Part No.1950503
BrandIrwin
MYR250.27
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- - Diagonal Cutters 175 mm - - - - Steel - - -
RS Stock No. 687-9981
Mfr. Part No.2260V-210
BrandBahco
MYR584.12
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- - Flush Cutters 210 mm - - - - - 18.0mm - -
RS Stock No. 787-0370
Mfr. Part No.25.E5162.CRBG
BrandIdealtek
MYR308.74
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- - Electronics Diagonal Cutters 130 mm 16.0mm - - Yes Steel - - -
RS Stock No. 803-4483
Mfr. Part No.1212160
MYR198.44
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- - - 90.5 mm - - - - - - - -
RS Stock No. 124-5836
Mfr. Part No.95 12 165 T
BrandKnipex
MYR210.79
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- - Cable Shears 165 mm - - - - - 15.0mm - -
RS Stock No. 734-8876
Mfr. Part No.90370
BrandFacom
MYR288.80
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- - Diagonal Cutters 110 mm - - - - - 1.4mm - -
RS Stock No. 245-0277
Mfr. Part No.592E
MYR404.76
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- - Tip Cutters 115 mm - - - Yes - 0.8mm - -
RS Stock No. 910-3186
Mfr. Part No.192.20CPESLS
BrandFacom
MYR254.92
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- - Diagonal Cutters 200 mm 22.0mm - Yes - Chrome Vanadium Molybdenum Steel - - -
RS Stock No. 772-4141
Mfr. Part No.8314-140 JC
BrandGedore
MYR174.04
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8314 JC - Side Cutter 140 mm - - - - - - - -
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