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. 245-0328
Mfr. Part No.886E
MYR416.78
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- - Side Cutters 120 mm - - - Yes - 1.8mm - -
RS Stock No. 415-3833
Mfr. Part No.68 01 200 SB
BrandKnipex
MYR126.02
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RS Stock No. 772-4141
Mfr. Part No.8314-140 JC
BrandGedore
MYR174.04
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8314 JC - Side Cutter 140 mm - - - - - - - -
RS Stock No. 182-357
Mfr. Part No.2432E
MYR389.24
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- - Electronics Diagonal Cutters 130 mm 12.0mm - - Yes Steel 1.6mm - -
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. 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. 125-2038
Mfr. Part No.STHT0-75067
BrandStanley
MYR86.75
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- - End Cutters 150 mm - - - - Forged Steel - - -
RS Stock No. 803-4458
Mfr. Part No.1212128
MYR224.76
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- - Flush Cutters 165 mm - - - - - 35.0mm - -
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. 124-5838
Mfr. Part No.95 36 315 A
BrandKnipex
MYR1,981.11
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- - Ratchet Cable Cutter 315 mm - Yes - - - 45.0mm - -
RS Stock No. 317-7361
Mfr. Part No.512N
MYR349.86
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- - Side Cutters 115 mm - - - Yes - 1.6mm - -
RS Stock No. 205-4936
Mfr. Part No.417.SPE
BrandFacom
MYR450.41
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- - Electronics Diagonal Cutters 110 mm 10.5mm - - Yes - 0.7mm - -
RS Stock No. 847-7720
Mfr. Part No.2788799
BrandGedore
MYR736.31
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8320 JL - Wire Rope Cutter 200 mm - - - - HSS 6.0mm - -
RS Stock No. 393-901
Mfr. Part No.PS5429C
BrandCrescent
MYR123.95
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- - Diagonal 200 mm - - - - Chrome Vanadium Steel 2.3mm - -
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. 600-8195
Mfr. Part No.79 22 125 ESD
BrandKnipex
MYR329.82
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RS Stock No. 524-3505
Mfr. Part No.79 02 120
BrandKnipex
MYR253.04
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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. 787-0392
Mfr. Part No.E5341
BrandIdealtek
MYR279.37
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- - Electronics Diagonal Cutters 125 mm 10.0mm - - Yes Steel - - -
RS Stock No. 834-8000
Mfr. Part No.3-967-15
MYR296.49
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- - Electronic Cutters 120 mm - - - Yes Chrome Vanadium Steel 0.8mm - -
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