Gearwrench has recently come out with new PivotForce compound action cutters and pliers. The new PivotForce line includes 8″ diagonal cutters (82120), 8″ long-nose pliers (82121) and a 2-piece set (82124).
The new pliers and cutters feature a compound-action design that reduces the amount of effort needed to make a cut by 40%. Easier cutting effort typically translates to less hand fatigue as well.
The forged steel pliers are finished with an anti-rust coating and easy-clean dipped handle grips. Cutting blades are induction hardened for long life. Maximum cutting capacity is 12 AWG wire, presumably copper wire.
There’s no information saying these cutters could be used on harder materials, such as piano wire, but there’s also no warning against such use.
Pricing is pretty reasonable, at ~$18-22 for the individual tools and ~$34-38 for the 2pc set.
Here is a quick 2-minute Gearwrench promo video featuring their new PivotForce cutters:
These new compound pliers remind me of the NWS Fantastico cutters I own and the Knipex TwinForce high leverage cutters that I have used in the past. These Gearwrench cutters are more similar in operation to the NWS cutters I favor than the Knipex TwinForce cutters that I don’t.
Here’s a long discussion about my NWS pliers, starting with the compound leverage cutters:
Gearwrench sent over a test sample of the PivotForce cutters, and I like the way they work. They are claimed to reduce cutting effort by 40%, and while I cannot measure this, it does feel like they’re easier to use than standard non-compound 8″ diagonal cutters.
What surprises me is that these pliers are nicely priced at a ~$20 price point.
I should remind you that, because of the compound action design, the handles spread further than with non-compound pivot pliers. This means that these pliers might not be your first choice for working in tighter areas. The greater handle spread is typically a small price to pay for greater leverage and reduced effort the compound pivot design provides.
Thus far I’m liking the new PivotForce cutters, but more testing is necessary before I can give them the ToolGuyd seal of approval. Right now I am very optimistic and can’t see my impression changing unless the cutters magically self-destruct or dull after 10 more cuts.