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What are the BEST Electronics Sidecutters?
« on: July 09, 2022, 03:00:20 am »
What are the best electronics sidecutters?

Hakko are the best value: https://amzn.to/3bOMRID
Lindstrom 8140 https://amzn.to/3nR53nI
Lindstrom 3 set: https://amzn.to/3NYpZ6W
Knipex flush cutters: https://amzn.to/3nR53nI
Knipex 70 20 125 https://amzn.to/3uC4i5L

 
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Re: What are the BEST Electronics Sidecutters?
« Reply #1 on: July 09, 2022, 07:32:46 am »
Got a few pairs of cutters, latest ones are a pack of 10 of the cheap flush cutters, Plato branded, which were $2 each. Sold 5 off, and kept 5, so free to me. Should last a while, as they are being reserved for electronics work only, as I have others for more arduous cutting.
 

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Re: What are the BEST Electronics Sidecutters?
« Reply #2 on: July 09, 2022, 07:48:20 am »
 

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Re: What are the BEST Electronics Sidecutters?
« Reply #3 on: July 09, 2022, 08:07:08 am »
Hakko are rebranded Piergiacomi which can be purchased for way less. So I wouldn't say they are a good value. Cutters are nice to use but tool steel used is quite soft so only good for cutting copper. Even cutting steel capacitor leads can wear them out pretty fast.
https://www.piergiacomi.com/en/catalogue/cutters/flush-cutting-edge/
Ecotronic looks awfully similar too but I'm not 100% sure.
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Re: What are the BEST Electronics Sidecutters?
« Reply #4 on: July 09, 2022, 09:50:29 am »
After a time with some cheap Chinese cutters, Knipex flush cutters are heaven. They don't wear out and you don't accidentally squeeze too hard and make the noses cross, which happens with the cheap ones. The cheap ones are also full of dents after a few through-hole PCBs.

I have multiple Knipex cutters of different sizes. E.g. the small bolt cutters are so good: https://www.amazon.com/KNIPEX-Tools-71-12-200/dp/B005EXO81K/ref=sr_1_2
 

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Re: What are the BEST Electronics Sidecutters?
« Reply #5 on: July 09, 2022, 10:11:21 am »
I use cutters with brazed carbide inserts - there are far too many steel leaded components these days. I keep a decent pair of flush cut too but reserve those for really fine stuff.


Edit: I think these are the ones... https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/163930791820
« Last Edit: July 09, 2022, 10:17:53 am by Gyro »
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Re: What are the BEST Electronics Sidecutters?
« Reply #6 on: July 09, 2022, 11:21:05 am »
I personally use a Hakko/Pergiacomi CHP-170 bought many years ago and they have been holding up pretty well - they are reasonably priced. For anything larger than a through hole part lead I have stronger non-flush cutters (Wiha, Stanley, Channelock...)
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Re: What are the BEST Electronics Sidecutters?
« Reply #7 on: July 09, 2022, 11:29:21 am »
Xcelite 170M.

Why? Because unlike Lindstom you won’t sob yourself to death when you bust them or your significant other steals them to cut her toe nails.
 

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Re: What are the BEST Electronics Sidecutters?
« Reply #8 on: July 09, 2022, 03:04:48 pm »
In 55 years experience, we found:

Old Plato cutters are good

German Erem also fine.

We still have fine Lindstrom tools from 1970s. Super good steel and design of jaws and joints.

Long nose pliers, side and end cutters, round jaw pliers, etc.

Most old German tools are fine.

The Chinese  are junk.

The other USA brands like Weller, Klien are OK.

Just my thoughts,

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Re: What are the BEST Electronics Sidecutters?
« Reply #9 on: July 09, 2022, 03:40:58 pm »
Collected tons of fine tools from Belzer over 40 years. One of the top Brands worlwide.
Nowadays i'm fine with Xuron - two of them are now my allday sidecutters
 

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Re: What are the BEST Electronics Sidecutters?
« Reply #10 on: July 09, 2022, 04:53:14 pm »
I like the Knipex 125. It is basically a miniature electrician's side cutter. The first one lasted over 25 years and now it is in the shed. Still works but the pivot has a bit too much play for cutting thin (like 0.2 mm) wires.

The main problem I've seen with flush cutters is that the edges get damaged really quickly and they are extremely sensitive to play in the pivot point causing the cutting edges to misalign. But I have to say that I never used the Lindstrom ones.
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Re: What are the BEST Electronics Sidecutters?
« Reply #11 on: July 09, 2022, 04:54:20 pm »
I paid £1.50 for mine from CPC.
And they even cut wire !
 

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Re: What are the BEST Electronics Sidecutters?
« Reply #12 on: July 09, 2022, 06:01:15 pm »
My favorite flush cutters are Swiss-made Erem (now Weller) 632N.  Wonderful to use, but you will hate yourself if you try to cut anything hardened.  I have an "oops" pair and pristine pair which is reserved for precision work under the microscope.

  https://www.amazon.com/632N-Magic-Diagonal-Small-Cutter/dp/B000B61FZ2

https://www.sphere.bc.ca has a periodic sale event called "Stuff Day", which actually lasts several weeks.  For the last couple of "Stuff Day" events they had a bunch of new Erem 2422EB flush cutters for US$29, which is an excellent deal.  The 2422EB is similar to the 632N, but slightly larger and with an under-cut head.

For regular side cutters, I like Channellock 436.  Indestructible (mostly).

  https://www.amazon.com/Chanellock-436-Box-Joint-Plier/dp/B001BPWZ06
 

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Re: What are the BEST Electronics Sidecutters?
« Reply #13 on: July 11, 2022, 09:37:55 pm »
I use cutters with brazed carbide inserts - there are far too many steel leaded components these days. I keep a decent pair of flush cut too but reserve those for really fine stuff.


Edit: I think these are the ones... https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/163930791820

Surely the steel leads are soft enough and don't damage half decent cutters that would be hardened no?
Interesting carbide ones though
 

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Re: What are the BEST Electronics Sidecutters?
« Reply #14 on: July 11, 2022, 09:46:37 pm »
Maybe, but steel will probably shorten their lives. Most quality fine cutters specify soft copper only so it's hard to tell until it's too late.
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Re: What are the BEST Electronics Sidecutters?
« Reply #15 on: July 11, 2022, 10:10:28 pm »
Maybe, but steel will probably shorten their lives. Most quality fine cutters specify soft copper only so it's hard to tell until it's too late.

Yes my ex wife using my cable shears on craft wire proved that one.

Grr.
 
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Re: What are the BEST Electronics Sidecutters?
« Reply #16 on: July 12, 2022, 02:42:57 am »
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My tiny collection :)
Some good brands that I have
Erem - Swiss
Knipex -Germany
Fujita - Japan
Piergiacomi - Italy

Stand is 3d printed with 1515 aluminum extrusion
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Re: What are the BEST Electronics Sidecutters?
« Reply #17 on: July 12, 2022, 02:46:40 am »
Flush cut Knipex 78 03 125
 

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Re: What are the BEST Electronics Sidecutters?
« Reply #18 on: September 11, 2022, 11:40:08 pm »
I like the Xuron LXF cutters: the lead retainer is a nice feature that lets you cut leads without safety glasses (and without holding your finger over the lead). They make a version with antistatic grips. The cutting edges are heat-treated steel—I don't like the idea of using carbide inserts for general tasks because of brittleness.
Tronex and Swanstrom are other good USA suppliers.
 


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