Wire and Metal Cutting Tools

Check out the variety of tools that can be used to cut through wire and metal materials.
use bolt cutters to cut off locks

use bolt cutters to cut off locks

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  • Use diagonal cutters to cut electrical wires up to a certain gauge. These cutters have an angled head for cutting right down to a surface. They have scissor-like handles that make them easier and safer to use than a pocketknife. Diagonal cutters also result in a cleaner cut on the wires than a knife. Several wires can be cut at a time with this tool. Heavier wires such as baling wire can also be cut with this tool.
  • Use end nippers instead of diagonal cutters when it comes time to cut staples and nails. Longer handles provide more leverage and a broad head provides a bigger cutting surface. Rock end nippers back and forth against a surface to remove staples or nails. Cutting wire rope with end nippers will cause the rope to fray. Use wire rope cutters instead.
  • The jaws of wire rope cutters pull the wire rope into them and trap the cable so that the ends cannot spread. Wire rope cutters are only useful when cutting wire rope. Remember to use the proper connectors when working with wire rope; do not attempt to tie it off.
  • Use bolt cutters to cut off locks. Bolt cutters come in different sizes for different-sized locks. The legs of the bolt cutters are designed to send a large amount of torque to the cutting head to make cutting thick metal locks easy.
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