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MyrtleWeed

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Wire cutting pliers
« on: June 23, 2015, 10:46:41 PM »
It's time to buy some new wire cutting pliers, and I wondered if any of you could recommend a good set?

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Re: Wire cutting pliers
« Reply #1 on: June 24, 2015, 05:40:17 AM »
Well, depends-
Mostly on what you are cutting.  I had really cool military spec refurbished pliers.  Then, I tried to cut 18 gauge wire and one of those awesome pointy little ends just blew off.  So, I picked up my second pair to try again, and the same thing happened.  Same result.  Lesson learned.  Don't use littel pointy sharp pliers on bigger wire.

I now have several pair of pricy little pliers.  I love them, and use them on appropriate wire.  I only use silver, and copper wire, and buy both dead soft.  I don't use the pricy little pliers with anything over 18 gauge soft.

I have a larger (pricy, too, I assume) pair I bought, but do not remember every buying them.  They were just there!  Name brand, very beafy.  And, awesome for larger gauges.  But, don't use even these for 'too big or hard' wire.  For that, I use my hubby's cutters.   ;D

Anyway, you need to examine what you are going to use them for, what your budget is.  I have purchased some very good cutters for not that much money from 'ham radio swap meets' where someone shows up with very good cutters for reasonable prices.  I really like good tools and have many.  But, I have found that (with careful selection) more pricy tools actually are better if you do your homework and you are able to get a good (relatively good) price.

Hugs, Boni  8) in Hot Yuma, Arizona

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Re: Wire cutting pliers
« Reply #2 on: June 24, 2015, 08:06:23 AM »
I'm with Boni on the dangers of using small cutters on hard wire. I bent a pair of small ones a while ago. I have a cheap but robust pair of side cutters that I use for clipping guitar strings which work fine for crude wire cutting, but I do fantasize about really good tools. There used to be (still is?) a great tool shop in Central London, near Goodge Street. I used to love the window display which had loads of esoteric specialist pliers and suchlike. I like how function dictates form but they still look great. There's something 'real' about tools ;-)

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Re: Wire cutting pliers
« Reply #3 on: June 24, 2015, 08:14:01 AM »
I have some Beadalon flush cutters and I love them.  They cost around 20 I think so quite a lot for pliers in my book.  But they are excellent.

I never use them to cut heavier gauge (apart from raw copper) or memory wire, I use my old knackered ones for that  :)
« Last Edit: June 24, 2015, 08:57:48 AM by MilleD »

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Re: Wire cutting pliers
« Reply #4 on: June 24, 2015, 12:28:17 PM »
Thanks guys. I should have said I will only be using them for cutting wire, mainly silver or copper up to 2mm.  I've seen some tronex razor flush cutters that get very good reviews, they are 40 and I'm considering them. But I wonder if perhaps something at half the price like your beadalons MilleD would be just as good, or nearly as good.

I wish we had "ham radio swap meets" like that there in Eastbourne, Bonni, but alas not, or a nice shop like the one in London Jon. 


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Re: Wire cutting pliers
« Reply #5 on: June 24, 2015, 11:56:54 PM »
We use memory wire cutters, a friend said they are tougher than the standard and work well for us.  We use 0.5 to 2mm copper wire.
Ann from Croydon, Surrey

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Re: Wire cutting pliers
« Reply #6 on: June 25, 2015, 12:06:54 AM »
Buck and Ryan!  Oh how i LOVED that place.  Something for everything and everyone, with a good dollop of things you never knew existed, but you wanted them RIGHT NOW.  And it smelled SO GOOD . . .
Chalfont St Giles, Bucks, UK