I’m a big fan of Xuron pliers, cutters, and specialty tools. They’re inexpensive, well-made (in the USA!), and are quite handy. You get incredible bang for the buck in tools that you’ll never regret buying.
Xuron tools aren’t quite as well-featured as premium brands’ pliers and cutters, but they cost a fraction of the price. They’re simple, yet effective.
One of my earliest Xuron tool purchases was for their 170-ii Micro-Shear flush cutter. I have added a number of other Xuron tools to my toolbox in the more than 6 years since, and each one sees regular use.
These Xuron Micro-Shear cutters can be used on wires as small as 30 gauge, and as large as 18 gauge (or about 1 mm). They’re soft wire cutters, and so they’re designed for use on things like copper wire, plastic sprues, nylon cable ties, precious metal wires (such as gold and silver), fishing line, and similar materials.
Xuron Micro-Shear cutters are for precision electronics, jewelry, and crafting applications.
The 179-ii Micro-Shear cutter has spring-action handles. It’s a simple design, but one that works quite well. If you don’t like the spring action, you should be able to remove the spring, although it looks to be quite difficult to reinstall yourself.
If it looks like the cutter tips are misaligned, that’s because they are. They feature a patented blade bypass effect which Xuron says reduces cutting effort and extends tool life, compared to cutters which have blades that meet edge-to-edge.
In my experience, these cutters give a very clean cut. They don’t crush soft wires, at least not anywhere as much as non-precision cutters do. You won’t get the cleanest cut, but you do get near-flush-cut results. If you need perfectly square-cut wires, you’ll need to invest in a pricier tool.
The handle grips are also simple, but comfortable to grip.
The 170-ii cutter is 5″ long, which is a good size for electronics work.
Xuron makes many other flush cutters, such as the 410 Micro-Shear cutter that’s said to be a “premium grade version” of the 170-ii, and the 9200 which is a heavier duty model.
Price (as of the time of this review): $8.55