Ask the Expert: Is there a difference between a diagonal cutter and electronics' pliers when cutting cable ties?

Diagonal cutters work well for cutting a variety of different wire sizes and solid materials, but they are not ideal for cutting zip ties or cable ties.

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Question: Is there a difference between a diagonal cutter and electronics' pliers when cutting cable ties? 

Answer: 

Diagonal cutters are great pliers to have in any toolbox. They work well for cutting a variety of different wire sizes and solid materials, such as screws. However, they are not ideal for cutting zip ties or cable ties. The blades on the diagonal pliers are not flush so that means a “spike” of material is left over when the cut is complete. This isn’t such a good thing for zip ties. That little remaining plastic spike is often very sharp and can cut your hands and arms while working on a wiring harness. The better tool choice for this application would be a pair of electronics' pliers. Electronics' pliers are designed to not only cut electronic components cleanly, but they also cut zip ties flush and leave no spike, meaning no more cut hands.

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