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The Best Wire Cutter

Updated Dec 11, 2022
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The best wire cutter is no joke. After getting our hands on 13 pairs of wire cutters and spending three days relentlessly snipping wire ties, finish nails, hardware cloth, welded wire fencing, and thick electrical wire, the first tool we’d recommend is Channellock E337CB Diagonal Cutting Plier.

Channellock E337CB Diagonal Cutting Plier, strong cuts, comfy grips

Channellock E337CB Diagonal Cutting Plier

Strong cuts, comfy grips
Channellock’s pliers cut with more power than the competition, and the large, padded handles are among the most comfortable.
We recommend
Irwin Vise-Grip 2078307 7-Inch Diagonal Cutting Pliers, quality at a bargain

Irwin Vise-Grip 2078307 7-Inch Diagonal Cutting Pliers

Quality at a bargain
The Irwin pliers represent a great combination of cutting ability, comfort, and cost. While they’re not as powerful as our main pick, they do cut as well as others that cost twice as much.
Budget friendly
Bahco 2101G-160 Ergo Cutting Pliers, great features, not as strong

Bahco 2101G-160 Ergo Cutting Pliers

Great features, not as strong
The Bahco pair had the best handles and most precise jaws. You can also spring-load the handles if needed, but they don’t have the cutting strength of the Channellock pair.
Another good choice
Klein 11054 Wire Stripper-Cutter, an av specialist

Klein 11054 Wire Stripper-Cutter

An AV specialist
Comfortable, spring-loaded handles, as well as large jaws and clearly marked wire-stripping holes, make this tool a solid choice for AV setup.
Another good choice

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