Bolt cutters achieve a large cutting force due to their high leverage and can thus cut through wide metal wires. They are the safe alternative to an electric hacksaw for small cuts.
You can find all the important information about buying a bolt cutter in our checklist. We have put together a great selection of different bolt cutters in our product recommendations.
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Checklist For Bolt Cutters
- Boltcutters are available in long and compact versions. The legs of large bolt cutters have a length of 360 to 900 mm. They weigh about 0.8 to 3 kg, depending on the design. Large bolt cutters must always be operated with both hands. They achieve a high cutting capacity of up to 8 or 10 mm because of the large lever.
- Compact bolt cut ters are about the size of a water pump pliers with a lever length of about 200 to 250 mm. They usually weigh only 0.3 to 0.4 kg and are very handy. Nevertheless, they achieve a high cutting performance due to a sophisticated lever design. You can operate these bolt cutters with one hand. With a compact bolt cutter, you can cut steel wires with a diameter of up to 5 mm or slightly more.
- Hydraulic and electrically assisted bolt cut ters have been developed for professional use. They are used, for example, by the fire department as rescue shears . In the hobby workshop, you will practically never be embarrassed to use such a bolt cutter.
- The cutting power of bolt cutters is limited. In order for you to comfortably cut steel mats, padlock shackles and the like, the bolt cutter should be able to cut steel wires with a diameter of at least 5 mm.
- In various models, the cutting performance is specified in hardness according to Rockwell (HRC). The higher the number, the harder the material that the bolt cutter can cut up to a certain diameter.
- When buying a bolt cutter, you should make sure that the rubberized handles cannot slip off the handles. Also a clamping protection for your fingers should be available. For example, the handles can be thickened at the front or rear end.
- Another option is to have forged-on spacers just behind the joint of the bolt cutter. When you close the bolt cutter, these spacers collide and prevent you from pinching your fingers.
Recommended Bolt Cutters
We have compiled the best and most interesting bolt cutters. You can find the list with our product recommendations here.
- Precise adjustment (12 positions) by eccentric bolt
- Ergonomically angled handles to minimize effort
- Cutting capacity up to 48 HRC hardness
- English (Publication Language)
- for iron metals of up to 4 mm diameter
- With precision cutting edges for soft and hard wire as well as piano wire
- Cuts bolts, nails, rivets, etc. Up to Ø 5, 2 mm
- Cutting edges additionally induction Hardened, cutting edge hardness Approx. 64 HRC
- English (Publication Language)
- Opening spring with locking device integrated in the handles for comfortable working and secure transport
- uts components like bolts, nails, rivets, etc. up to 5.2 mm dia
- Exceptional cutting performance with minimum effort because of new lever action design
- Cutting edges additionally induction hardened, cutting edge hardness approx 64 hrc
- Plastic handles
- Hardened jaws made of CrV steel
- Forged joint
- Adjustable blade clearance
- Fiskars Pro Bolt cutters feature power gear patented technology; leverage-enhancing gears that give you over 30 % more power when cutting hardened rod, especially during the toughest part of the cut. They Are ideal for cutting a range of heavy-duty materials, including paddle locks, chains, rebar, metal rod, threaded rod and more. Adjustable eccentric bolts allow you to optimised jaw to maintain cut performance over time. Cutting capacity: cuts soft materials up to 5/16” (<19 HRC) and hard materials up to 3/16” (<40 HRC). length: 36 cm.
- Article number: 1027213
- Colour: Orange/Black
- Model name: power gear
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FAQ For Bolt Cutters
A bolt cutter is a tool for cutting through metal. Its long levers create a high force effect, so metal strands can be cut without much effort.
A bolt cutter consists of 2 long handles and a double-edged head. There is often a holder on the handles to make working as ergonomic as possible.
With a bolt cutter, very long handles create a large leverage effect, so that even hard materials such as metal can be cut through a good transmission.
Bolt cutters come in sizes ranging from 45 to 90 cm in length. The larger the bolt cutter, the higher the cutting force.
Inexpensive models are available from €10, while expensive and more powerful models cost between €30 and €100. Hydraulic or electric bolt cutters are much more expensive, but are rarely used in workshops.
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