Flush Cutters

Replacement: None. We are no longer carrying these flush cutters in our catalog. This page is for reference only.

These are inexpensive flush cutters giving you a way to cut leads very cleanly and close to the solder joint. Diagonal cutters are good, but if you really need to get up close and personal, flush cutters are the way to go. They have a nice spring-action and a comfy grip. Plus, the color combination of red and black is fetching, I must say.

Note: Check the comments. These aren't the finest cutters available. They are a great deal for the price and most people will be just fine with the quality. We found them to be useful for the price.


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  • davidc / about 12 years ago / 5

    There must be some considerable variation in the build quality of these things. For $4, I wasn't expecting the world's best cutters, but I was expecting them to actually be able to cut.
    The product I received has the blades so far out of alignment that the best it can do is squash the wire, and then only if you exert immense pressure (in the meantime lifting the tracks off your board). Photo cutting a standard LED lead.
    There are screws that might be able to adjust the alignment if they weren't so stiff I can't actually turn them.

  • Member #127351 / about 12 years ago / 4

    I've got far more than $4 worth of use out of these clippers. If you need to cut wires, extra solder off boards, etc, etc these will do the job just fine. If you're looking for something to cut with scientific accuracy, maybe a $4 pair of clippers is not for you...

    • I agree with you, they aren't the best cutters out there, by a long shot, but they work. they cut resistor leads and such. I use them daily and they're fine. I have nicer ones as well for more precise things, but for the price, they do the basics.

  • You get what you pay for, and these are cheap. That said; if you buy these, don't bother complaining. For a quality set of diagonal cutters, you should be prepared to pay $15 or more. And and such things are not currently available from SFE.

    • R4D4R / about 13 years ago / 1

      Not really, Xcelite 170M's can be had for right around $6...

  • Ben121 / about 12 years ago / 2

    I bought these;
    My complaint isn't that these are crap - they are - but that Sparkfun doesn't appear to offer the "real mcCoy". Must be a decent pair they use downstairs? no?

  • ta anders / about 10 years ago / 1

    these should have a link to the new hakko cutters.

  • lealla / about 10 years ago / 1

    I agree with the prior commenter that there must be a wide variation in build quality on these. I teach and run a builders club after school, where we do a lot of electronics, and I needed some inexpensive tools. Most of what I bought fell into the "you get what you pay for" category, functional but not great. These cutters however were a complete waste of money, The blades were so far out of alignment they couldn't cut anything. A couple of the pairs "sort of" worked for a little while with a lot of torquing them around but they quickly went back out of alignment and I could never get them to work again.

  • xquercus / about 12 years ago * / 1

    Unless I was shipped the incorrect item, these are not flush cutters!. Flush cutters, by definition, have upper and lower jaw faces which are -- well -- FLUSH! These cutters have jaws which are beveled on both sides. This prevents one from actually making a flush cut. At this price, I didn't expect high quality. I do, however, expect flush cutters to be flush -- not beveled. If you are looking for a cheap pair of cutters with beveled jaws, these might fit the bill. If you want a pair of cutters capable of actually making a flush cut, check the craft section of WalMart or go to Home Depot.

  • Thimplum / about 12 years ago / 1

    When I first read the title I got a bit worried: I thought that it said Flesh Cutters, not Flush cutters.

  • wiredmind / about 12 years ago / 1

    Yes, I wasn't expecting much, but at the very lest a pair that wasn't visibly used, dirty and oily. As far as cutting abilities - forgo your efforts. Cheap tools are bad news

  • jimox / about 13 years ago / 1

    This is actually the first thing I have bought from Sparkfun that I was disappointed in. Same complaints as everyone else. They are dull but more importantly they don't line up which makes them essentially useless.

  • The picture don't correspond with reality, the ones I received are not flush cutters and win the bad quality award. Guys, you make very good quality products, take this out of your portfolio or describe what you are really going to get.

    • You should have gotten exactly what was pictured. Contact cservice@sparkfun if you didn't. They aren't the nicest ones around, but for $4, they do the job. If you didn't get what you should have gotten, let us know and we'll fix it.

  • Kibo / about 13 years ago / 1

    Same complaints as other folks: The cutters are dull, the two blades don't line up, and they don't make good flush cuts -- they make sharp points. For about the same price you can get a very similar-looping but far better pair of nippers at a certain shopping-mall store with the initials "R.S."

  • MuskratMicros / about 13 years ago / 1

    These have a sturdy spring and padded handles but as mentioned before are a bit dull. I have a pair from Harbor Freight that work better for stripping and clipping but these DO seem much sturdier.

  • Member #212702 / about 13 years ago / 1

    Concur with the low quality assessments. Mine don't even close all the way due to uneven surfaces. Looks like they need to be seriously reground to have any usefulness at all. Also, the bottom surface has a chamfer, so they really aren't even flush cutters.

  • SVFeingold / about 13 years ago / 1

    Sparkfun should be a liiiiittle more upfront about these. They are everything but high quality. The cutting surfaces are dull, and they do not line up.
    Better than nothing, and marginally OK for cutting leads, but they really should be a temporary solution until you can pony up for a good flush cutter. Perhaps with some modification they could be decent.
    That said they ARE cheap, and as always you get what you pay for.

  • Cosmo / about 13 years ago / 1

    My wife's jewelry making ones are better, I guess I will keep stealing hers...
    These will probably be ok after a serious sharpening

  • CoryW / about 13 years ago / 1

    I love these things. I just bought them because they were so darn cheap, but they've been loyal to me with all my snipping needs.

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