Wire Cutters: What are they?
Cutting wires is not only necessary for lighting, but it is also used in many other industries such as construction, farming, mining and so on. Cutting wires may be done with a variety of different tools; however there are two types of cutting tools which are most commonly used nowadays:
1) A wire cutter is a tool which cuts or snips through strands of wire.
It consists of a blade attached to a handle. These tools are usually made from steel, iron or stainless steel.
They come in various sizes and shapes depending upon their purpose. Some of them have a sharpened edge, while others do not.
2) A wire stripper is a device which removes the insulation from one end of a strand of wire and then strips off the rest of it without removing any strands at all.
It consists of several blades attached to each other by means of flexible cords or straps (or even chains).
How to Choose the Right Wire Cutter?
There are several factors which need to be taken into consideration when choosing the right wire cutter. These include:
The type of wire: There are two main types of wires used in modern life – copper and aluminum. Copper wires are generally stronger than aluminum ones, but they wear out much faster.
Therefore, it is recommended that you use a tool which is designed specifically for cutting copper wires rather than one which works better on aluminum ones.
The size of the wire: Not all wire cutters are suitable for cutting all sizes of wires. Some of them can only cut small wires, while others can cut only large wires.
It is important to check the specifications of a particular cutter before buying it in order to avoid disappointment.
The material of the handle: Handles may be made from various materials such as plastic, rubber or metal. They also come in various colors.
The material of the handle and its color do not really matter; however, a metal handle is sturdier and more durable.
The size of the blade: The size of the blade determines how large the wires which can be cut by a cutter are. It is important to choose a cutter with a blade which is suitable for cutting the wires which you work with on a regular basis.
The price: Cutters vary greatly in price, and you can usually find a suitable one within your budget. Cheap cutters are not always low quality and high priced cutters are not always of excellent quality.
It is best to check out various products before finally choosing one.
How to Use a Wire Cutter?
Cutting wires with a cutter is quite easy. Just follow these simple steps:
Choose the right cutter for the wire which you intend to cut. If you do not know which one to choose, ask someone with experience or do some research on the internet.
Grip the handle of the cutter firmly in order to maintain a secure grip. Keeping a firm grip of the handle will prevent your hands from slipping when pressure is applied.
It will also prevent the blade from digging into your hands if pressure needs to be released during cutting.
Place the blade on top of the wire. Hold the cutter firmly in place and keep your hands away from the blade.
Apply pressure to the handles of the cutter in order to snip off the wire. Allow the handles to return to their original position once cutting is complete.
Make a couple of practice cuts in order to gain confidence and perfect your cutting technique.
Points to Remember
Do not apply excessive pressure on the handles of the wire cutter. This may cause the tool to slip out of your hand or cause you to lose control over it.
Excessive force can also damage the wire or the cutter itself.
Always use a cutter designed for a specific type of wire, otherwise, you may end up damaging the wire by applying too much force on it.
Make sure that both handles of the cutter are gripped by your hands evenly. Cutting with one hand only or with a finger stuck in between the handles could result in an injury.
Do not apply pressure on a wire while attempting to cut it. This will cause the wire to bend before the blades come in contact with it, which may result in damage to the wire.
Hold the cutter firmly and make sure that both your arms are locked in a straight position while cutting wires. Locking your arms straight will prevent them from moving away from their position suddenly if pressure is applied, which may result in an injury.
Do not touch the blades of the cutter until after it has been switched off and properly cooled down. The blades are extremely sharp and contact with them could cause severe cuts and injuries.
Where to Buy Wire Cutters?
You can easily buy wire cutters from hardware, industrial supply and online stores. Make sure that you buy the right cutter for your purpose. If you are not very sure about which cutter to choose, you can always seek advice from an expert or check the internet for reviews.
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