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. 806-4917
Mfr. Part No.21HDG-200A
BrandBahco
MYR270.81
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- - Side Cutters 200 mm 19.8mm - - - Alloy Steel 3.2mm - - -
RS Stock No. 158-5732
Mfr. Part No.78 13 125
BrandKnipex
MYR126.02
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- - Electronics Diagonal Cutters 125 mm - - - - - - - - -
RS Stock No. 847-3018
Mfr. Part No.E351TX.CRBG
BrandIdealtek
MYR902.46
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- - Electronic Cutters 123 mm 7.7mm - - Yes Tungsten Carbide - - - -
RS Stock No. 787-0389
Mfr. Part No.E5233
BrandIdealtek
MYR245.84
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- - Electronics Diagonal Cutters 135 mm 10.0mm - - Yes Steel - - - -
RS Stock No. 787-0367
Mfr. Part No.25.E5150.CRBG
BrandIdealtek
MYR262.62
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- - Electronics Diagonal Cutters 125 mm 12.5mm - - Yes Steel - - - -
RS Stock No. 361-3075
Mfr. Part No.8151
BrandLindstrom
MYR269.53
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- - Diagonal Cutters 112 mm - - - Yes - 1.6mm - - -
RS Stock No. 297-2008
Mfr. Part No.74 07 250
BrandKnipex
MYR313.71
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- - Diagonal Cutter - - - - - - - - - -
RS Stock No. 603-463
Mfr. Part No.8150
BrandLindstrom
MYR350.86
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- - Diagonal Cutters 112 mm - - - Yes - 1.6mm - - -
RS Stock No. 499-9027
Mfr. Part No.3-654-15
MYR239.49
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- - Side Cutters 125 mm - - - Yes - 1.5mm - - -
RS Stock No. 665-6242
Mfr. Part No.95 26 165
BrandKnipex
MYR282.82
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- - Cable Shears 165 mm - - - - - - - - -
RS Stock No. 763-8166
Mfr. Part No.73 06 160
BrandKnipex
MYR221.06
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- - Diagonal 160 mm - Yes - - Chrome Vanadium Steel 12.0mm - - -
RS Stock No. 124-5837
Mfr. Part No.95 32 315 A
BrandKnipex
MYR1,833.84
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- - Ratchet Cable Cutter 315 mm - - - - - 45.0mm - - -
RS Stock No. 239-6498
Mfr. Part No.44400305
MYR74.37
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- - Flush Cutters 127 mm - - - - - 0.8mm - - -
RS Stock No. 806-4923
Mfr. Part No.21HDG-180
BrandBahco
MYR216.77
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- - Side Cutters 180 mm 19.8mm - - - Alloy Steel 2.7mm - - -
RS Stock No. 248-1877
Mfr. Part No.61 01 200
BrandKnipex
MYR254.01
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- - End Cutter 200 mm - - - - Vanadium Electric Steel 6.0mm - - -
RS Stock No. 603-441
Mfr. Part No.8140
BrandLindstrom
MYR341.94
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- - Diagonal Cutters 110 mm - - - Yes - 1.2mm - - -
RS Stock No. 398-2438
Mfr. Part No.K105/1
BrandKlauke
MYR854.33
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- - Flush Cutters - - - - - - 26.0mm - - -
RS Stock No. 124-6108
Mfr. Part No.TAH2101G-140
BrandBahco
MYR198.83
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TAH2101G-140 - Side Cutters 140 mm 16.0mm - Yes - Alloy Steel 3.7mm - - 2mm
RS Stock No. 787-0386
Mfr. Part No.25.E5247.CRBG
BrandIdealtek
MYR241.88
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- - Electronics Diagonal Cutters 130 mm 10.0mm - - Yes Steel - - - -
RS Stock No. 763-8163
Mfr. Part No.73 05 160
BrandKnipex
MYR207.99
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- - Diagonal 160 mm - - - - Chrome Vanadium Steel 12.0mm - - -