This model will cut up to 18 AWG solid or 20 AWG stranded wire. Will cut through wire without fraying the ends for easy threading and splicing. Holes for bending, looping, and stripping wire are precisely measured and easy to use. Serrated nose provides a strong grip for pulling loose wires or other small obstacles. Tool is light enough for anyone to use, yet the heavy-duty material is tough enough to stand up to frequent use.
Some users report that blades may need sharpening quickly with frequent use on the heaviest gauges of soft wire.
This tool includes just about everything an electrician or audio/visual technician would need on the job in a compact handheld tool. Curved cutting blade moves easily through even the heaviest gauges of wire, and the stripping tool works just as quickly. The bolt cutting tool allows trimming of common size #6 and #8 bolts to whatever size the user requires. Reaming head can smooth up to 1/2" pipe. This is the best tool we considered for making light displays or similar technical jobs.
The comfort grips tend to slip off of the handles on this model with frequent use.
The heavy-duty carbon steel is the primary benefit of this model. Strong, durable, and lightweight, these cutters can be used by anyone for household tasks but also hold their own at the job site. We are impressed by the cutting power – up to 16 gauge copper or soft wire. There are no wire shaping features, but for simple cutting and splicing, these are a good option.
On heavier gauges, this model will not give as clean a cut as higher end models.
This strong and well-built tool cuts easily through commonly-used gauges of copper and soft wire, and can even cut through thin plastic. Users report making more use than expected from the paper cutting tool on job sites, along with the popular wire stripping and crimping tools. The insulated handle grips are designed to conform to fingers while staying in place on the handles, even with frequent use. The grip is noticeably comfortable when compared to other models.
These are bulkier than many handheld wire cutters, meaning users with smaller hands may struggle with this model.
This model is a great tool for small household tasks such as trimming and splicing wires. It is lightweight and thin for easy use by just about anyone, yet the carbon steel material will hold up for a long time with occasional use. The slim .39" blade makes these wire cutters a great option for jewelry making or crafts as well.
This model is not intended for frequent cutting of heavy gauge wire, and will wear out quickly with such use.
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