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Flush cutters and diagonal cutters
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Flush cutters and diagonal cutters

by Haren on Mon Apr 26, 2021 10:08 pm

Hi,

I wish to know whether the "Flush diagonal cutters - CHP170" in the Adafruit website is a flush cutter or a diagonal cutter.
My application is to cut (clean and flush) component leads (legs) and electrical wires on one side.
That means one of the ends after cut should be flush (straight cut and no angle)

Can the CHP170 be used to cut flush? or are there any other recommendations?
Thank you.
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Fernando

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Re: Flush cutters and diagonal cutters

by adafruit2 on Mon Apr 26, 2021 10:40 pm

it is a true flush cutter

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Re: Flush cutters and diagonal cutters

by Haren on Mon Apr 26, 2021 10:46 pm

Thank you so much for the quick reply!
Best Wishes

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Re: Flush cutters and diagonal cutters

by Haren on Tue Apr 27, 2021 1:36 am

adafruit2 wrote:it is a true flush cutter


One more questions just for my understanding.
Why does it called "Flush diagonal cutters - CHP170" ?

Thanks again.
Best
Fernando

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Re: Flush cutters and diagonal cutters

by franklin97355 on Tue Apr 27, 2021 12:44 pm

According to some definitions:
Diagonal pliers

Diagonal pliers are pliers intended for the cutting of wire. The plane defined by the cutting edges of the jaws intersects the joint rivet at an angle or "on a diagonal", hence the name. Instead of using a shearing action as with scissors, they cut by indenting and wedging the wire apart. The jaw edges are ground to a symmetrical "V" shape; thus the two jaws can be visualized to form the letter "X", as seen end-on when fully occluded. The pliers are made of tempered steel with inductive heating and quenching often used to selectively harden the jaws. Diags or Dikes – as in the phrase "a pair of dikes" or "hand me those dikes" – is jargon used especially in the electrical industry, to describe diagonal pliers. Dike can also be used as a verb, such as in the idiom "when in doubt, dike it out". In the United Kingdom and Ireland, diagonal pliers are commonly referred to as snips, and in Australia and Canada they are often referred to as side cutters. The handles of diagonal cutting pliers are commonly insulated with a dip-type or shrink fit electrically-insulating material for comfort and some protection against electric shock.

Ours cut a flush profile.

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Re: Flush cutters and diagonal cutters

by Haren on Tue Apr 27, 2021 6:59 pm

Thank you for the detailed answer.
I saw in a YouTube someone tried to demonstrate the operation of a flush cutter. Although the video was not that clear, he said one edge is flush and the other has an angle after cutting. So, if we want to get a flush edge on a particular side of the wire, flat side of the flush cutter should face edge that we want to get flush.

Is this correct?
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Re: Flush cutters and diagonal cutters

by adafruit_support_bill on Tue Apr 27, 2021 7:24 pm

That is correct. The jaws are beveled to form a cutting edge on the flat side of the jaws. That would be the bottom side when oriented as shown in the photo:

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Re: Flush cutters and diagonal cutters

by Haren on Tue Apr 27, 2021 9:15 pm

adafruit_support_bill wrote:That is correct. The jaws are beveled to form a cutting edge on the flat side of the jaws. That would be the bottom side when oriented as shown in the photo:

Image


Lovely. Thanks all clear.

May I see a picture of the backside of the flush cutter (flat side) you have shown ?
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Re: Flush cutters and diagonal cutters

by adafruit_support_bill on Wed Apr 28, 2021 6:45 am

Below shows the flush side of the cutters in both the open and closed position.
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Re: Flush cutters and diagonal cutters

by Haren on Wed Apr 28, 2021 8:51 am

Thank you so much!
I now have the complete description/idea bout the flush cutter.

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