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happyhippydad

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I want to be able to cut through tails more easily. At present I am nibbling away at them with my side cutters which takes time and also doesn't leave a very clean cut.

I borrowed the builders cable shears and they literally just sliced though 16mm tails quickly and neatly. I have a set of bolt cutters but these are too big so I was looking for any recommendations on a set of cable shears?

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Spear & Jackson W213 Razorsharp Telescopic Ratchet Anvil Lopper
price£25.00 £54.49 use those every day LoL.:)
 
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I did see those but they just didn't look very big. Not very long or a wide mouth to get 25mm in. Do they definitely cut 25mm? These look bigger as if they would do the job better.. https://www.amazon.co.uk/Yato-YT-1969-YATO-Cable-Cutter/dp/B008YN40D8
I have CK and Knipex , both cut effortlessly
Could you post a link to them please Ruston?
 

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I had an old pair of orbis will (knipex) cable shears which previously belonged to my dad.
They were pretty good and chomping heavy gauge cable.
But over time got blunter and blunter.

I now use a ratchet cutter which is very good and ripping through tails and small armoured cables
 

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I use simple Bahco croppers. Sharp as a gin and tonic after years of use. I think the CK versions are supposed to be identical in style and quality. Probably same factory.

 

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I did see those but they just didn't look very big. Not very long or a wide mouth to get 25mm in. Do they definitely cut 25mm? These look bigger as if they would do the job better.. https://www.amazon.co.uk/Yato-YT-1969-YATO-Cable-Cutter/dp/B008YN40D8

Could you post a link to them please Ruston?
I can't find the CK exact ones , very similar to these .
As @Dobes_88 The knipex Installation pliers are very good too , but are only recommended up to 16 mm .
The CK of the link I have posted do two sizes , 16mm and 25mm.
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https://www.amazon.co.uk/C-K-39064-RedLine-Cable-Cutter/dp/B002JCTIOG
 

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ruston

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I always wonder where they get the max 16mm from. I've used them on 35mm and it's been fine
I know , probably just to cover themselves against warranty claims.

Ps. I bought my mate a pair of the CK ones recommended to 16mm to cut copper only.
He has been cutting fence wire , small bolts and the like with them and they are/were :( still going strong.
 
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I have a pair of the CK 210mm croppers.
I use them for cutting and stripping round cable and flex from 0.75mm2 to 35mm2, and for just cutting up to 185mm2.
 
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Thanks all for the posts.

Usually I pay the higher price and go for quality. However, I'm not cutting tails on a daily basis, probably only 2 or 3 times a month so i have taken a gamble on the pair that Tel mentioned in his post. Not many good reviews so I could regret it! If they are no good then I'll splash out on the knipex ones sold at Screwfix.

Thanks again for all the suggestions :)
 
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Although I'm actually hoping the're really, really bad as I so want to buy the knipex ones now!
 
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The 'neilson' pair that tel recommended have arrived. Unfortunately they chop through 25mm with ease. I can only hope they wear out quickly so I can justify buying the lovely knipex ones :(
 
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The sad thing is that I obviously wrote the above post in jest, however thinking about it I really do hope they wear out so I can get the knipex. Blimey, we love out tools!
 

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