When I got home from Harbor Freight I tested the 10" cable cutters on a piece of wire - not even a dent in the wire and two half moon indentations in the cutting blades. I know that one should never buy anything electrical or hi tech from HF - add cable cutters to that pile of junk. Has HF gone to pot?
Even pruners can be used to cut cable - I was a telephone lineman for
20 years, one of my tools was garden pruners, used for hacking up big lengths of recovered cable to get it into manageable lengths....
MOST cutters are CRAP. Its like very other tool - you get what you pay for. My "Lindstrom" sidecutters are over 20 years old now, still razor sharp. Mind you, they cost $80 then - hate to think what they would be now.....
Good tools are a JOY to use - but I aint telling you guys anything new in this....
Hummm...Ive got a cable cutter in the truck that came from HF about 9 yrs ago. Ive cut welding cable, aluminum support cable and so forth. Heat treat wasnt up to US standards..had to sharpen it from time to time..but its worked well enough over the years. What were you trying to cut?
Rule #35 "That which does not kill you, has made a huge tactical error"
Find a pair of Channellock 8 inch Diagonal Cutters #338. I've abused the crap out of mine for years and they still work pretty well. Used to cut tempered stainless steel antenna rods with them. Had to squeeze them so hard that may hand would sting when the rod popped. They are a bit worn in the jaws now, but still cut everything but fine stranded stuff. I just use them for nasty things now. Must be almost
30 years old. See this link at Lowes:
You can get them where ever you want, they aren't hard to find. For something like this it sometimes is worth getting a decent name brand...
Thanks for the link. I have about three pairs of diagonal cutters that I have reserved for electrical/copper only. Used tin snips with
12" pipe extensions on the handles (have three sets) - They actually survived that ABUSE. I have just looked at the cable cutters at HF for years - the sale price was $3.99 soooo I said WTF let me give em a try - and clearly failed.
Now if I could just determine pipe threader HF# 30027 at $19.99 actually works on steel pipe.
The 12" boltcutters from HF would cut cyclone fence wire effortlessly. I have a pair of 8" that I use, probably paid about $8 for but not at HF. I think I got them at Fleet Farm. They open a bit wider than the HF 8" jobs, almost to 1/4". With compound action, they easily snip anything that'll fit into the jaws.