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How to use diagonal cutting pliers

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Open up the handles and so the jaws of diagonal side cutting pliers, cutters, nippers.

Step 1 – Open jaws

Open the jaws of the diagonal cutting pliers by moving the handles apart. The pliers may have a spring that does this for you or you may have to pull them apart yourself.

Place the wire, nail, cable near the pivot or rivet of the diagonal side cutting pliers, cutters, nippers.

Step 2 – Place object between jaws

As a general rule the object you wish to cut should be placed as far down the blades as possible, close to the joint.

Cutting soft copper wire near the tip of the jaws and blades of the diagonal side cutting pliers, nippers, cutters. Some tools have been designed to cut soft objects (copper and plastics) near the tip of the jaws, see the technical specification for more information on your diagonal cutting pliers.
Squeeze the handles together to squeeze the jaws of the diagonal side cutting pliers, cutters or nippers and push the blades into and through the object.

Step 3 – Squeeze handles together

With the wire firmly in place, squeeze the handles together (you should only need one hand for this). The blades will push through the wire and cut it in two.

Light duty and heavy duty diagonal side cutting pliers, cutters, nippers.

Step 4 – Troubleshooting

If you find you are struggling to cut the wire, check for damage on the blade which could prevent a clean cut and then try moving the wire closer to the joint. If that fails, it is likely you need a stronger pair of diagonal cutting pliers for the job.

Wonkee Donkee says: It’s really important you have the right pliers for the job, the wrong ones can damage your workpiece and pliers.