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. 361-2202
Mfr. Part No.8147
BrandLindstrom
MYR338.14
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- - Diagonal Cutters 110 mm - - - Yes - 1.0mm - -
RS Stock No. 687-9978
Mfr. Part No.2250V-230
BrandBahco
MYR691.91
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- - Flush Cutters 230 mm - - - - - - - -
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. 484-811
Mfr. Part No.95 61 150
BrandKnipex
MYR142.80
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- - Bowden Cable Cutter 150 mm - - - - - 3.0mm - -
RS Stock No. 707-4893
Mfr. Part No.N1343-49-VDE-160-SB
BrandNWS
MYR211.92
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- - Side Cutters 160 mm - Yes - - - 6.0mm - -
RS Stock No. 124-5838
Mfr. Part No.95 36 315 A
BrandKnipex
MYR2,003.60
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- - Ratchet Cable Cutter 315 mm - Yes - - - 45.0mm - -
RS Stock No. 420-5754
Mfr. Part No.530E15
MYR980.61
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- - Flush Cutters 120 mm 20.0mm - - - - 1.6mm - -
RS Stock No. 803-4458
Mfr. Part No.1212128
MYR224.76
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- - Flush Cutters 165 mm - - - - - 35.0mm - -
RS Stock No. 787-0360
Mfr. Part No.25.E5151.CRBG
BrandIdealtek
MYR291.00
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- - Electronics Diagonal Cutters 125 mm 12.5mm - - Yes Steel - - -
RS Stock No. 396-3702
Mfr. Part No.3-652-15
MYR281.42
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- - Side Cutters 120 mm - - - Yes - 1.0mm - -
RS Stock No. 806-4926
Mfr. Part No.21HDG-200
BrandBahco
MYR265.14
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- - Side Cutters 200 mm 19.8mm - - - Alloy Steel 3.2mm - -
RS Stock No. 190-6710
Mfr. Part No.RX 8152
BrandLindstrom
MYR488.60
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- - Diagonal Cutters 138 mm - - - Yes - 1.25mm - -
RS Stock No. 343-9007
Mfr. Part No.431005
BrandCK
MYR202.46
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- - Side Cutters 180 mm - - - - - 4.0mm - -
RS Stock No. 132-5285
Mfr. Part No.T3963 240
BrandCK
MYR182.45
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- - Diagonal Cutters 240 mm - - - - - 13.0mm - -
RS Stock No. 600-7669
Mfr. Part No.74 12 180
BrandKnipex
MYR155.58
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- - Diagonal Cutter 180 mm - - - - - - - -
RS Stock No. 136-7150
Mfr. Part No.38853
BrandWiha Tools
MYR298.78
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38853 - Diagonal Cutters 170 mm - - - - Steel 3.5mm - -
RS Stock No. 187-8286
Mfr. Part No.64 22 115
BrandKnipex
MYR211.25
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- - Electronics End Cutting Nipper 115 mm - - - - Steel 0.8mm - -
RS Stock No. 288-904
Mfr. Part No.78 81 125
BrandKnipex
MYR118.12
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RS Stock No. 910-7166
Mfr. Part No.T3884
BrandCK
MYR62.76
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- - Electronic Cutters 132 mm - - - Yes - - - -
RS Stock No. 188-3922
Mfr. Part No.416.12MT
BrandFacom
MYR350.73
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- - Semi Flush 125 mm 16.0mm - - - - 1.6mm - -
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