I foolishly damaged my wire cutters trying to cut a spring away when I was taking apart some junk electronics. It didn’t cut the wire, the wire cut it - it put dents into the cutting blade so that when I try to cut a wire there now it doesn’t work. Anyway, I already replaced the wire cutter: http://www.ebay.com/itm/Hakko-CHP-170-Micro-Clean-Cutter-16-Gauge-Maximum-Cutting-Capacity-/181316144048. But my question is, where to get a stronger cutter for steel wire rather than copper wire? I could use tin snips, but those are huge, Can anyone recommend something stronger that is more of fun-sized tin snips? :.
I use a Dremel with a thin cut off blade for piano wire and other hard wires like springs.
groundfungus: I use a Dremel with a thin cut off blade for piano wire and other hard wires like springs.
I have a Dremel and use it all the time but I never thought about using it for this. These blades?
I can't tell the color for sure, but the ones I like for wire are kind of pink. The thicker gray blades I use for heavier stuff.
Those work fine. Also, nick the wire with a 3 corner file, then bend it at the nick.
I have what are essentially a small pair of bolt cutters, same mechanism to give mechanical advantage and with hardened jaws. Still pretty large, about the same as the good tin snips (Whiz snips).
I've got a "vintage" 40 year old "Williams PL 57 U. S. A." diagonal cutter similar to the below that still does not have a knick in the cutting edges. The use of the Dremel tool with the fiber reinforced cutoff wheels to cut nails and small bolts.