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Where To Buy Wire Cutters

We also researched wire cutters specific to the needs of the AV hobbyist. For this I spoke with Wirecutter senior staff writer Chris Heinonen. Chris has written extensively about Blu-ray players, speakers, and media streamers, among other topics, and constantly testing this tech requires a lot of work stripping and snipping wires.

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We also looked at two high-performance wire cutters that offer increased leverage through compound action pivots. We were curious to see what abilities those brought to the table and how they compare with the regular wire cutters.

The Channellock pliers are designed with a rounded, somewhat blunt nose. This is the design found on most wire cutters, but we did see a couple of models with a narrower, more pointed cutting head, which helps with both precision and maneuverability in tight spots. Unless you are specifically engaged in a hobby that requires high precision, like picture framing or jewelry making, the difference may never be noticed. Our pick is fine for general cutting.

Aside from our main pick, most of the wire cutters had similar cutting abilities, and among those, this Vise-Grip model represents the best combination of comfort and value. While the Irwin pliers are not as strong as the Channellock pliers, they can deal with all but the most aggressive tasks. In our test, they managed to cut the 12/2 Romex with little problem, but they had a much harder time with the 8d nail and had no luck at all against the doubled-up 8d nails.

The very inexpensive and popular Hakko CHP-170 wire cutters caught our eye for having several thousand positive reviews and a rock-bottom price. However, their capability is quite limited, with smaller jaws than on our pick, and their cutting power is rated to wire thicknesses up to only 16-gauge, which rules out the 12-gauge wire commonly found in wall switches, ceiling fixtures, and other routine home jobs.

Of the many wire cutters I have tried, Keiba is by far the best ever! I use them mainly with up to 16 gauge copper or sterling wire. They are Great for cutting jump rings! Keith Lo Bue recommends these for cutting steel rebar wire of up to 20 gauge. Heavier gauge steel wire will nick the cutting edges. They are not not meant to cut harder metals such as surgical steel.

Cuda Snips and Wire Cutters feature Titanium & Nickel Bonding providing strength, hardness and corrosion resistance. The high-leverage fulcrum allows strength to the jaws while using less required force. The Titanium Bonding provides an extra high-hardness allowing for superior edge retention when cutting tough monofilaments and wire. The Cuda plier assortment has the good, better & best offerings for any angler. Cuda offers Aluminum, Titanium Aluminum Alloy and high-end Titanium Alloy for the ultimate in corrosion resistant and strength.

Wire strippers are a must-have for any project involving wiring, such as setting up a home entertainment system, repairing a lamp, or installing a new electrical outlet. Removing the jacket, or plastic coating, around a wire or cable exposes the inner wires so you can easily connect them to the electrical system.

With experience, you can use any type of wire stripper to strip wire quickly and effectively, but for most people, especially those new to work with wires, an automatic, or self-adjusting, wire stripper is the quickest way to go.

Wire cutters are an essential jewelry making tool. You can buy specialist tools created for jewelry making. Or if you are just cutting basic wire, you may already have something suitable in your DIY tool collection.

Wire cutters are an essential tool for jewellery making. A lot of basic jewellery is made with materials like Beadalon or Tigertail. These are essentially very fine metal strands woven together to create a flexible stringing material. So, you will need professional wire cutters to cut them.

Wire cutters are made with a shaped cutting edge, flat on one side and sloped on the other (you can see the sloped edge in the photo). The actual blade is very sharp and thin. So, this shaping will allow you to manoeuvre the wire cutters so that they cut as flush as possible to the beads.

Experience will teach you the best angle to hold your wire cutters when you are trimming wire. You are aiming to cut as close in to the beads as possible. So, you want to avoid ending up with little tails of wire in your work.

I once thought I would save a little money by choosing a very cheap pair of wire cutters from a large craft store. Unfortunately, the first thing I tried to do was cut a length of 24 gauge (0.5mm) craft wire. The blade snapped off as I tried to make the cut!

Happily, there is an answer to this problem. You can buy memory wire cutters which are designed specifically to deal with this material. As you can see from the photo, the cutting blade is shaped differently.

So, when you are getting your wire cutters, think about what you want to use them for. If you are planning lots of jewelry making projects, it may even be worth investing in a complete toolkit instead of buying everything separately.

Ergonomic Handles A cutting tool is deemed ergonomic if it materially contributes to reducing the probability of cumulative trauma disorders with the hand, finger, wrist, or arm. The Tronex 7000 Series handle is designed for transferring force from the operator to the point of operation in a highly ergonomic manner. The average American worker's hand or palm is approximately four inches wide; therefore, tool handles should be four inches long at least. To allow freedom of hand placement, 4 to 5 inches would be even more desirable. The length of the Tronex 7000 Series handle, from the joint to the end, is 4.8 inches. In contrast, handles from competition cutters are only 3.6 to 3.7 inches. The Series 7000's long handle forces the operator to spread the cutting force with use by all four fingers to operate the tool. Operators may use only two or three fingers on cutters with shorter handles. The longer handle also spreads the cutting load over the width of the palm in a bar of force. In contrast, a short handle presents a point of force which digs into the palm, compressing nerves and tendons and reducing blood flow. ESD Safe Grips The Tronex 7000 features, as standard, a unique double-sheathed, ESD safe, cushioned grip. The inner sheath is a tough vinyl, ESD safe material which holds the leaf spring and the cushioned surface to the cutter handle. The outer sheath, also ESD safe, provides a no-slip, cushioned surface for the operator's hand. This is important because the slight compressibility of the cushion aids to distribute the cutting pressure more effectively. It can even absorb sharp particles which could be imbedded in the hand. The Tronex 7000 cushion grip is almost always considered by operators to be more comfortable than the hard, plastic used by competitors.

The Wire Cutter has a large range bonus, making it able to reach a large portion of the screen. It is recommended that you obtain this item if you frequently wire different devices, as it is also a material in the Multicolor Wrench.

INTERNATIONAL ORDERS OUTSIDE NORTH AMERICA:International orders outside of North America will be shipped by our global distribution partners. ELCo Enterprises has distributors located worldwide in Europe (Wire Wizard Europe), Asia, Australia, India and elsewhere.

Flush wire cutters are a must-have for any mechanical keyboard builder. Excellent for clipping stabs, switch pins, and trimming USB cables. Made from steel with rubber-coated handles for a secure grip while working on your projects. Available in your choice of Black or Blue colored handles.

The spring-action jaws of these wire rope cutters open automatically after the cut is made. This allows for one-handed use and reduces hand fatigue when making cut after cut. They cut multi-strand steel, stainless steel, and aluminum wire rope without flattening, splaying, or fraying the ends. This makes it easier to slide fittings onto the wire rope. They concentrate leverage from their handles into their short, overlapping blades to shear fully through wire rope.

The spring-action jaws of these cable cutters open automatically after the cut is made. This allows for one-handed use and reduces hand fatigue when making cut after cut. They cut copper and aluminum communication, electrical, and data cable without flattening, splaying, or fraying the ends. This makes it easier to slide fittings onto the cable. They concentrate leverage from their handles into their overlapping blades to shear fully through cable.

Wire cutters are ubiquitous tools for anyone working on electronics or medical devices. Most laboratories and manufacturing floors have an abundance of wires to cut or shape, and a poverty of wire cutters which are up to the task while keeping the user comfortable.

Lab groups in San Jose that plan to spend a lot of time cutting nitinol wires may have an easier time finding the right nitinol wire cutter than they might suspect thanks to the wide selection of products provided by local suppliers.

As Irwin shows in the video, wire cutters often have screw shearing holes in the middle, right next to the central bolt. These holes are designed to properly cut a screw or bolt, without damaging its threads.

Pink insulation foam is closely related to EPS foam (above), and functions primarily as a construction material for insulating commercial and residential buildings. A hotwire cutter is great for shaping and cutting EPS foam.

This melting attribute is great for using hot wire foam cutters for shaping pink foam. Good hot wire foam cutters and tools slice through pink foam like a hot-knife through butter (to borrow the cliche). 041b061a72


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