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  1. Shane Mullan
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    Shane Mullan Trainee Access

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    Hi Guys,

    Not sure if this is a stupid question but why are Cable Cutters not insulated, wheras everything else is VDE protected (sidecutters, pliers, screwdrivers etc)??

    Seems odd that the cable cutters have been left out?

    Shane
     
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  2. Pete999
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    The cable cutters I have are insulated, which ones are you thinking of?
     
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  3. Rpa07
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    Rpa07 3000 posts - only 50554 behind Telectrix! Electrician's Arms

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    I’d like to think that you shouldn’t be in a position where you are cutting live cables in one go, simples. Proving dead when cutting a cable is a most important job and if one finds oneself needing the VDE protection (besides the Arc flash and blindness that goes with it) then ones abilities and competences should be questioned.
    Half joking and mostly serious! Respect!
     
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  4. Simonslimline
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    Simonslimline Electrician's Arms

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    Som are VDE and some are not!

    Same applies to most electricians hand tools!
     
  5. Shane Mullan
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  6. Des 56
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    The VDE standard Verband der Elektrotechni, the German IET apparently ( I didn't know that ):)

    VDE tools are tested to a standard for safe use with electric
    It is best to stick with tools that have this standard whilst not relying on them for any form of primary safety
    Best to consider them as another tier of protection that is better to have than not have
     
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  7. Shane Mullan
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    Thanks Des, so why do the CK Croppers not come with the safety standard? I've seen many electricians using them!
     
  8. Stspark
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    Stspark Regular EF Member

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    For basic installation tasks prior to energising they can be quite handy
     
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  9. SWD
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    SWD Gender neutral Electrician's Arms

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    What size of cable are you planning on cutting as there are varying sizing of "chompers" and as above also make sure the cable is dead or isolated.

    If you are into large cables then go hydraulic.
     
  10. Shane Mullan
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    I'd say hydraulic would certainly be above my pay grade. All I've done so far is domestic
     
  11. buzzlightyear
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    buzzlightyear still kicking sand, before pushing up daisies . Electrician's Arms

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    upload_2017-12-4_18-51-22.png not these .
     
  12. SWD
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    SWD Gender neutral Electrician's Arms

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    pfff pair of pliers and a strong wrist.......... ;o)))))
     
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  13. NDG Elecs
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    NDG Elecs Electrician's Arms

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    I have those CK. Keep a nice sharp edge and have lasted well. RPA has a good point above, I use them to cut and dress tails usually, prior to energisation..

    The insulated version cost a bit more, and I have never felt the need to get them TBH when the CK do the job nicely.
     
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  14. telectrix
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    telectrix Scouser and Proud of It Trusted Advisor

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    mine are insulated as in they got plastic coated handles, but they're not VDE.

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  15. Phil Thompson
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    Phil Thompson Let us light up your life! Electrician's Arms

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    I have hellermann tyton shears which aren’t VDE and get used daily almost, and a Klein set that have slip guards and are vde. They get used very very rarely.
     
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