How to Use a Wire Cutter?

A wire cutter is a standard tool in the electrician’s arsenal. It can be used to cut electrical wires, which has many practical applications. 

However, it also features a highly sharp blade and should be handled with caution, as it can cause serious injury if not handled properly.

We’ll start with an introduction to what the tool does and how it works. Next, we will go over some safety precautions you should take when using a wire cutter. 

Finally, we’ll show you step-by-step instructions on cutting a piece of wire using one of these tools.

Wire Cutters

Wire cutters are one of the most underrated tools in your toolbox. While they may not be as impressive or flashy as a drill, these guys have saved me from countless frustrations and injuries. 

This is because wire cutters allow for more precision than other cutting implements while still handling thicker wires with ease!

There are three main types of wire cutters: beveled edge, semi-flush, and flush. Beveled edge wire cutters offer a more durable blade but can easily damage finer wires. 

The other two varieties sever the end with pointed faces; one type is designed for more substantial materials like steel. The other creates an almost flat face on both ends that is preferable when precision isn’t necessary.

Use wire cutters with a grip span of 2 1/2 to 3 1/2 inches to avoid pinching palms or fingers. To prevent pinching or unnecessary injury, it is also essential that all fingers are kept around the handle grips of the wire cutters and not placed in between the handles.

When cutting wire, remember to make sure the blades are sharp and clean so that they do not get stuck in your workpiece. 

Dull or dirty blades can result in more force being needed, which will cause muscle fatigue on top of repetitive strain injury. Always wear safety goggles when cutting wires to protect yourself from little pieces of debris flying around!

The Cutting

Before cutting any wires, make sure the electronics are either unplugged or you’ve flipped a breaker to cut off power. 

Cutting into live wiring can result in anything from an electrical fire to being electrocuted and having blown circuit breakers! The cushions on wire-cutting pliers aren’t designed for safety – specifically, insulated wire clippers should be purchased instead if this is your goal.

When cutting the right angles of wires with these tools, though, don’t rock them back and forth across that blade over too many times; it’ll only cause frayed edges, which will end up causing problems as well: they’re sharp enough already but what’s more striking about them is how much less conductive they become because of their bent shape.

The best way to avoid shock when cutting wire is by using the right tools and following a few simple steps. First, make sure that your workbench is stable and firmly anchored in place, so if it slips or gets knocked over, you won’t be injured. 

Second, hold the cutters at an angle equal to 90 degrees from one another while carefully trimming away any excess wire with short back-and-forth pulls of each cutter blade (never use both hands for this). Finally, always remember not to push down on the handles as they may slip out of your grip due to gravity’s downward pull!

Uses of Wire Cutters

Any hardware professional will tell you there’s nothing quite like having the right tool for swift & efficient cutting of wires when it comes to cable and wire cutters. 

These essential tools are commonly used by professionals in the construction, marine, telecommunications, engineering aerospace industries. 

The range in types is vast, with each type being specific to your task that varies from building contractor or engineer working on skyscrapers down at ground level.

Types Of Best Wire Cutters

Hakko CHP170 Flush Cutter

It’s a mini wire cutter, best for cutting wire up to 16 gauges (1.3mm). The nonslip grip makes this cutter the perfect DIY tool for jewelry making and electronics work.

In an application such as flower arrangement or electronic work where you don’t want rough edges left over from a spike after being cut, using one of these is essential!

Xuron Micro Shear Cutter

Shear cutters are the least forceful tool of all side-cutters, which means they leave a smoother cut than any other type. But be careful when making cuts because pressing too hard can dull your blades before you’ve finished.

A feature that should always be on your mind is how high quality these tools are and if there’s an adjustment or set screw to avoid contact between the cutting edge after it has been used once – this item will make sure shears last longer for future use!

Whizzotech Diagonal Pliers (Side Cutter)

These diagonal cutters do not come with a safety blade, but their sharp blades can still be helpful in emergencies.

Their small, lightweight design makes them perfect for anyone looking to invest in quality side-cutter without the bulkiness of other models on the market. 

These are also known as “diags” by tradesmen worldwide and are found everywhere globally, from electrical trade professionals to healthcare providers who rely solely on soft copper wire.

End Cutting Pliers

The end cutting pliers have jaws shaped like half-circles, cutting edges at right angles to the tool’s body. 

This makes it possible to cut nails, screws, and rivets close enough to wood without marring a surface as they are on opposite sides of each other when placed in their respective slots along its jawline. 

The rounded shape also allows for extracting nails or screws from wood by using those same slotted holes around your palm fulcrum point; what you would use if you were trying this cool new handgrip strength-building exercise!

Insulated Wire Cutters

Electrical wire cutters can be found in a variety of shapes, sizes, and materials. They are all designed to grip the wires tightly, not to slip when cutting them with an electric saw or another power tool.

The handles on these tools should never have any coating whatsoever; this is because if there’s some insulation against electricity, it could lead to accidental electrocution as you think it would provide protection but offers none!

Lineman’s Wire Cutters

The wire cutters are the workhorse of any toolbox. Apart from having wide, flat jaws for gripping objects, these tools also incorporate cutting edges similar to those on side-cutters just forward of the pivot point. 

The extended handles allow you to use leverage in your cuts, which can be used with steel fencing wire, thick nails, and even steel screws!

Needle-Nose Wire Cutters

A skilled electrician can use Needle-nose wire cutters to make quick work of bending and inserting wires into switch gears on electrical panels. 

For the busy, hardworking professional in need of a tool that not only gets the job done but does it efficiently with precision, these pliers are a godsend.

Ultra-Flush Side-Cutters

The cutter of this type has a very gentle output tone and is perfect for those who need to produce the best cuts without harming their delicate blades. 

While these cutters have almost no bevels on the cutting edges, they are also fragile, so great care must be taken when using them to not damage your blades with other materials that can’t tolerate such clear-cut levels of precision!

XURON 2175 Maxi Shear Flush Cutter

One of the best wire cutters for jeweler making and wire wrapping is this one. You can flush cut fine silver, bronze, gold, and platinum wires with ease! 

This cutter is not designed to work on titanium or memory wires, though, so you’ll need a different tool if that’s what you’re using. 

Never attempt to misuse your tools – never try cutting iron or steel without first consulting an expert because these metals are impossible to break apart without specialized equipment like hammers due to their durability as well as small size, which makes them difficult for most pliers-based mechanisms to grip tightly enough in order tear into pieces easily! 

If something goes wrong during the process, bits from the metal fling around dangerously proximity.

About Blake Sutton

Blake has worked as an electrician for over 10 years, receiving his Journeyman Electrician license in 1998. Looking to take his professional electrical career further, in 2008 he received his Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering (BSEE) from the University of Texas in Austin. Blake now works full time as an electrical engineer, specializing in power systems.