While the above sections show the main types, alternatives are also available, including:
Wire Rope Cutters
These tools work by pulling the rope into the jaws and trapping it. This makes a clean cut and results in no fanning. They are ideal for shearing wire rope.
These tools are designed to create a large amount of torque to easily cut through metal. Thanks to their strength and durability, they can be used on many different types of metal, which has led to bolt cutters becoming a commonly used tool in the construction industry. They are ideal for tasks such as snipping bolts off containers and cutting through thick chains or leads.
Easily identifiable by their pincers, they have a shorter gripping surface at the tip and a cutting surface in the middle. These tools are popular in electrical and communications tasks, as well as construction. They are ideal for grasping, splicing or chopping leads and strip insulation.
Hydraulic cable cutters can be used on a variety of conductors, wire ropes and even solid bars. They feature a guillotine-style head shear to minimise jams. These tools are mainly used in the power utility and electrical industry for chopping copper or aluminium power cables and overhead conductors. A range of models is available, such as manual, battery or remote hydraulic head, with different styles of tool heads including ratchet, guillotine and scissor type.
Bent Nose Cutters
These are a common type of plier used to grasp, turn and bend wires. The flat jaws are used for gripping and twisting. It is a common tool in electrical and mechanical industries. They are available with either short or long noses and can easily make sharp bends and right angles in wire, as well straighten it.