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Old 18th Nov 2020, 7:02 pm   #1
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Default Flush cutters for pcb work

Found the rip off tool thread but couldn't see any recommendations. I'm after a pair of flush cutters for pcb work with leaded components. Last set were from RS but they snapped and the ones on there look expensive for what they are. There are some Italian ones online for about a fiver that “look” OK but any tried and tested recommends appreciated.
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Old 19th Nov 2020, 7:14 pm   #2
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I always buy these. They last a good year a pair https://www.amazon.co.uk/Piergiacomi...dp/B003UQWJAA/
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Old 19th Nov 2020, 8:14 pm   #3
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Default Re: Flush cutters for pcb work

I used to have some Lindstrom ones but they 'went walkabout' [I know who took them: your day-of-judgement will come...]

Last ones I bought were from Maplin about a month before they closed-for-good. So far they seem to have been a good buy (which isn't really that much help to you, I know).

Knipex is another brand to look for: pricey, but sometimes available on special offer.
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I think of Xcelite 170M as the go-to mid-price flush-cutters- as often with US-origin stuff, they look basic but are actually pretty good. They are made in China now though (isn't everything....), hopefully Xcelite are watchful on quality control as components increasingly have steel leads.
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Old 21st Nov 2020, 9:45 am   #5
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Thanks, I had been looking at those italian ones, will try a pair
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Old 21st Nov 2020, 10:43 am   #6
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I have used the Duratech 115mm Stainless Steel Side Cutters for near on 15 years and only broken one pair (trying to cut something I shouldn't have).

Because they have a truly flat back, they can be resharpened easily with a bench grinder.
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Default Re: Flush cutters for pcb work

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I always buy these. They last a good year a pair https://www.amazon.co.uk/Piergiacomi...dp/B003UQWJAA/
I now use these and they're great value.
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Bought a pair of these from a member here, they're excellent quality and precision.
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Did use lidstrom cutters until an ex colleague did a gorilla job on them and broke the jaws, we parted friends though i did splutter at the time!.
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Old 22nd Nov 2020, 1:15 pm   #9
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I did post this some time ago. Pack price is 7 but for that you get side cutters + long nosed ( with a cutting blade) + a pair of wire forming pliers. All circa 10.5- 12 cm long.
https://www.hobbycraft.co.uk/advance...ery=plier+sets.
They've also got two side cutters ,one @10 but in stainless and another pair @4.5.
https://www.hobbycraft.co.uk/advance...y=side+cutters

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Old 3rd Dec 2020, 12:02 am   #10
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Thanks for the heads-up on the Piergiacomi cutters- I bought a couple of them from an eBay source and they're rather good for about half the price of the Xcelites- maybe not quite the same viciously crisp edges but a pleasing action and without the gumminess of the Xcelite grips, which can be irritating with concentrated use. (I'm not a fan of Nextel-type coatings or gummy headphone leads etc.- I'm sure the marketing folk maintain that it endows quality or something but to me it seems as if an ingredient was left out of the plastic formulation).
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