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 Copper Wire Cutting Capacity Ductile Wire Cutting Capacity Hard Wire Cutting Capacity Iron Wire
RS Stock No. 343-8997
Mfr. Part No.431017
BrandCK
kr 338,18
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- - Side Cutters 160 mm - - - - - 4.0mm - - - -
RS Stock No. 910-7172
Mfr. Part No.T3887
BrandCK
kr 149,48
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- - Electronic Cutters 136 mm - - - Yes - - - - - -
RS Stock No. 910-7166
Mfr. Part No.T3884
BrandCK
kr 136,29
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- - Electronic Cutters 132 mm - - - Yes - - - - - -
RS Stock No. 910-7157
Mfr. Part No.T3883
BrandCK
kr 138,39
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- - Electronic Cutters 132 mm - - - Yes - - - - - -
RS Stock No. 910-7264
Mfr. Part No.T3775D
BrandCK
kr 523,43
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- - Diagonal Cutters 140 mm - - - Yes - - - - - -
RS Stock No. 270-8251
Mfr. Part No.T3766DF 110
BrandCK
kr 443,27
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- - Diagonal Cutters 120 mm - - - Yes - 1.0mm - - - -
RS Stock No. 104-4590
Mfr. Part No.T3720 65
BrandCK
kr 326,58
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- - Side Cutters 165 mm - - - - - 4.0mm - - - -
RS Stock No. 132-0975
Mfr. Part No.T3781D 115
BrandCK
kr 510,36
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- - Side Cutters 125 mm - - - Yes - - - - - -
RS Stock No. 910-7163
Mfr. Part No.T3886
BrandCK
kr 143,72
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- - Electronic Cutters 139 mm - - - Yes - - - - - -
RS Stock No. 104-5082
Mfr. Part No.T3750 160
BrandCK
kr 261,11
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- - Side Cutters 160 mm - - - - - 4.0mm - - - -
RS Stock No. 104-4607
Mfr. Part No.T3720 8
BrandCK
kr 368,09
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- - Side Cutters 200 mm - - - - - 4.2mm - - - -
RS Stock No. 104-5076
Mfr. Part No.T3750 145
BrandCK
kr 242,37
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- - - 145 mm - - - - - - - - - -
RS Stock No. 373-0653
Mfr. Part No.431031
BrandCK
kr 699,40
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- - Flush Cutters 210 mm - - - - - 25.0mm - - - -
RS Stock No. 120-0891
Mfr. Part No.T3778F
BrandCK
kr 486,64
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- - Flush Cutters 120 mm - - - - - 1.6mm - - - -
RS Stock No. 700-6904
Mfr. Part No.431008
BrandCK
kr 440,99
Each
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- - Side Cutters 160 mm - - - - - 4.0mm - - - -
RS Stock No. 910-7175
Mfr. Part No.T3888
BrandCK
kr 162,64
Each
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- - Electronic Cutters 135 mm - - - Yes - - - - - -
RS Stock No. 104-4635
Mfr. Part No.T3751 7
BrandCK
kr 323,51
Each
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- - Side Cutters 180 mm - - - - - 4.0mm - - - -
RS Stock No. 700-6894
Mfr. Part No.431009
BrandCK
kr 428,31
Each
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- - Side Cutters 160 mm - - - - - 4.0mm - - - -
RS Stock No. 132-0976
Mfr. Part No.T3781DEF115
BrandCK
kr 510,36
Each
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- - Side Cutters 125 mm - - - Yes - - - - - -
RS Stock No. 910-7169
Mfr. Part No.T3885
BrandCK
kr 130,91
Each
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- - Electronic Cutters 139 mm - - - Yes - - - - - -