The Ultimate Guide To Choosing An Excelta Wire Cutter

We've created an easy-to-use checklist below that explains how to choose an Excelta cutter

1.  Head Shape


  • The round head cutter is the most common head for cutting tools. It allows for the maximum amount of ‘metal’ behind the cutting edge delivering an extremely long tool life.

  • The tapered head was developed to allow the cutting tool to get into those “hard to reach” areas. It was designed more along diagonal lines with less “metal” behind the cutting edge.

  • The tapered/relieved head allows for the most access to “hard to reach” areas. In addition to having a diagonal profile, the face has been relieved allowing even greater access.

Round Head


Tapered Head


Tapered/Relieved Head

2. The "Type of Cut"


  • Semi-Flush cutters have a cutting edge with a .010” bevel, which produces more cuts than a maximum flush cutter but leaves a ‘pinch’ on the wire.

  • Maximum-Flush cutters have a cutting edge with a .005” bevel, which produces a small ‘pinch’ on the lead/wire than a semi-flush cutter. The smaller bevel means fewer cuts than a semi-flush cutter.

  • Optimum-Flush cutters have no bevel producing a pure, clean cut with no ‘pinch’ on the lead/wire. The cutting edges are extremely sharp. Cutting life is once again reduced over either of the above.

  • Shear cutters have blades that bypass each other in a shearing motion.

3. The Grip


  • You can choose from our molded grips, simple foam cushioned grips, or double-dip cushioned grips.  All are ergonomically designed and offer ESD protection. Below is a sample of what they to look for:

Molded Grip


Cushion Grip


Long Cushion Grip

Note: We offer a wide variety of customizations that can be added on most items found in our cutter section. For help choosing the Wire Cutter that’s right for you please contact us at info@labproinc.com or 888-4-LABPRO and a Lab Pro expert will be happy to help.