4 steps for maintaining your wire cutters.

Cutters: If you’re in an industry that regularly works on wiring, an upgrade for the way you’ve been doing your cutting jobs could well be in order.  Whether an electrician, a mechanic, a line installer or simply a professional that benefits from an easy and convenient ‘snip’ now and again, the time has never been better to browse the next-generation range of specialist wire cutters.


With their high quality jaws, hardened cutting surfaces, lightweight package, premium springs, ergonomic grip and precision markings, your wire cut will use less energy and minimize unintended damage whilst lasting longer and staying razor sharp.  So if you’ve been ‘making do’ with standard pliers, or hacking or bending or grinding or improvising with scissors, you’ll be amazed to discover what modern wire cutters can do for you:


Easier: Don’t underestimate the unnecessary extra effort required when cutting through a tough wire, as fatigue – especially long-term – always accumulates when trying to achieve a precision cut with substandard tools.


Safer: Five-star levels of safety, like top-notch insulation, are a must for those performing manual tasks, especially for those charged with working around electrical current.


More versatile: But wait, there’s more!  Pick your wire cutters right, and you’ll be stripping, compressing, bending, holding, unscrewing, crimping and more – whether working with copper, steel, aluminum and more.


But those experts and experienced users who know the most about wire cutters will tell you that the aforementioned benefits will only keep delivering their magic if this precision tool is properly and consistently maintained.  Because while wire cutters are definitely in the ‘low maintenance’ tool category, they’ll still need some love:


  1. Keep them clean


A technician who loves their job will demonstrate it in the form of tool care.  As an absolute minimum, give those cutters a quick but thorough wipe with a dry rag after use, and sometime now and then a brief spray with something like WD-40 – especially before extended storage.  If they’re particularly unclean, revert to soap and water to ensure any splinters, fragments or debris are out of the joints and dry thoroughly afterward.


  1. Store them properly


Whether they’ll live in the same workshop or go where the mobile technician goes, proper storage in a drawer, on a rack or in a toolbox is a must, predominantly to protect the jaws from a constant barrage of knocks.


  1. Keep them sharp


It’s just a fact that, even with jaws and blades of the highest quality, they’ll eventually go dull and blunt.  Regular cleaning will help with that, and you can go next-level on that cleaning by using rubbing alcohol.  As for sharpening a dull blade, a simple hand file with a fine texture will suffice, and resist the urge to rub with too much force.


  1. Inspect them often


Perhaps the most helpful wire cutter tip is to train the brain and the eyes to do routine inspections almost without conscious thought.  Using the same tools regularly means a state of disrepair can creep up without notice, so keep that mind tuned for signs of wear or flagging performance.  This is the best way to ward off advanced wear and deterioration such as corrosion and rust.


Are you ready to empower your organization, workshop or toolbox with the most appropriate wire cutters for your critical operations?  The tool you choose will depend on your required cutting capacity, blade hardness, handle length and essential features such as electrical insulation, so if you’re having trouble making a confident selection, get in touch with our industry experts today.