Best wire cutters ?

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  1. Silver

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    Hi all

    I'm using this Plato wire cutter. Been using it for a while but I'm not so happy with it. It's not bad but sometimes it feels like it's not cutting properly.

    For those that have used several kinds what have you found to be the best ?

    This is the Plato set I am using:

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    Close up of cutting surface.

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    The problem with these plato's is the soft jaws and pivot.
    The reason is, that they are designed for copper wire not SS, nichrome or kanthal claptons etc, like I have been using mine on.
    Trouble is that most of these flush cutters are for the electronics industry with their copper or nickle plated copper component leads and wires.
     
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    I have a similiar set thats gone a bit skew and does not cut thicker wires any more. Need a better set thats more durable
     
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    These geek vape ones are quite nice. The cutting edge is right at the back and slightly angled so that you cut that much closer to the post.

    Think I need to figure out how to sharpen them though, they still cut easily but struggle a little with larger claptons and such. 20170721_214725.jpg
     
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    I suspect those are fake Plato cutters @Silver. As you know, being in the electronic industry for decades, the best side cutters are as follows (priorotized and originals):

    1. Lindstrom (models 7190 +/-$59.95 and 8140 +/-$38)
    2. Knipex - +/-$41.68 (ideal for any type of vaping wire)
    3. Hakko (CHP-170) - +/-$4.37
    4. Xuron - +/-$8.55 (good enough for any type of vaping wire)
    5. Excelite - +/-$7.10
    6.Plato - +/-$7.50

    PS: a lot of fakes of the aforementioned available on ebay etc., buy from the the manufacturers instead and/or approved retailers/agents. If you pay less than above prices, it is surely fakes.
     
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    @Silver Be grateful for what you have,this is what I use
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    And I promise you im not joking
     
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    Thats just wrong.
     
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    Im just in the early stages of coil building so I bought a coiling jig,ceramic tweezers,and this R20 plier,but im checking out a kit for the future,think its called DIY V3 for around R700,dont laugh at the poor
     
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    Lmao. Dude if you ever come down to CPT ill buy you a decent pair.
     
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    I still wrap my coils on a screwdriver :)
     
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    Oh and @Silver, you of all be should know better than to ask "what's the best..."

    :risas3:

    It depends on your style of wire cutting, what type of posts you build for? The cutters for a post less deck could be different to those used for a goon style deck.

    :risas3::aaaaa:
     
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    I did that a year ago and thats when I stopped trying to build coils,since I got the coil jig I love building,except for the cutting part,the coil jig is a must have,but back to the topic...il buy the one that @Silver buys
     
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    I love my Plato wire cutters, they are awesome. I haven't used them for some time now but from what I can remember, they don't make the clicking sound as you cut through the wire so you're not really sure if it has cut through.

    At the moment I'm using the Coil Master wire cutters that come with the Coil Master DIY Kit 3.0 and they are great. The tips are also small enough to get in below coils and cut the ends of the leads on builds easily. They are also sharp and I haven't had any issues with them at all.
     
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    Perfectly happy with these HE ones... 1500668389319-1593800378.jpg
     
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    Highly Effective is what i meant to say.
     
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    I have the coilmaster v3 kit and one of the wire cutter's tips broke off some how. Just a heads-up.
     
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    Thanks @johan
    Much appreciated
     
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    Thanks guys for all the responses
    Maybe my title was a bit misleading asking for the best
    Should have been what have you found to be very effective - VE :D

    I did use nail clippers for a while but they work nice for the thin wire, not the thicker wire and you sometimes cant cut it close enough to the post or whatever surface
     
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    For "hard wire" like piano wire, stainless steel etc. look at the Knipex range of side cutters.
     
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    I agree with the Oom.
    Knippex is the shizzle.
    Available locally from Mantech.
    It is R630.00 though.
    CK isn't to bad either and half the price.

    Sent from my SM-A510F using Tapatalk
     
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    Thanks @johan and @Gazzacpt
    Didn't think I would get quite excited for wire cutters. Lol
     
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    Interesting question@Silver as I'm in the market for a good wire cutter and while the low price ones tend to dull after a bit i wonder if an expensive set is worth the investment or should I just replace the cheap one every six months or so.