USE/CARE OF HANDTOOLS & MEASURING TOOLS - OD1621 - LESSON 2/TASK 2
(1) Keep fingers away from the cutting edges of all handtools in
general, and keep hands and other parts of the body clear of the cutting
edges of hand shears.
(2) Do not carry shears in your pocket and do not wave them around.
(3) After use, be sure to hang or store shears so that they will not
cut anyone coming in accidental contact with them.
(4) Always steady the work that is about to be cut to prevent the
tool from slipping.
Bolt, Cable, and Glass Cutters
Cutters or clippers are used to cut bolts, rods, wire
rope, cable, screws, rivets, nuts, bars, strips, and wire. Special cutters
are made to cut glass.
b. Types of Cutters. A bolt clipper or cutter is shaped like a giant
shears with short blades and long handles.
Different cutting edges are
designed for specific applications.
Figure 118 on the following page
illustrates various types of cutting edges.
Figure 119 on page 155
illustrates types of cable cutters. Figure 120 on page 156 shows the wheel-
type glass cutter.
(1) Angular Cut Cutters.
Angular cut cutters are used for cutting
against large flat surfaces.
They are 36 inches long and are capable of
flush cutting a 5/8 inch bolt and a 1/2 inch rod. The handles are at a 300
angle to the cutting edges of the jaws.
(2) Center Cut Cutters. For all general purpose cutting, center cut
cutters are used.
The cutting jaws are firmly fixed in line with the
handles and the cutting edges are in the center of the jaw, between equal
These cutters come in 18, 36, 42, and 48 inch lengths, having
cutting capacities of 5/16 inch bolt and 1/4 inch rod, 5/8 inch bolt and 1/2
inch rod, 3/4 inch bolt and 5/8 inch rod, and 7/8 inch bolt and 3/4 inch
The longer the handles, the greater the cutting