Very badly made even for disposable class flush cuts
I regret trying them and will never buy again, if you need some $5 disposable flush cuts Mcmaster sells an Excelite brand tool that is absolutely perfect for the job.
I don't know where to start with these, I almost never write reviews but these are so appalling I felt I needed to:
-They are ground wildly uneven side to side -Swaged pivot is sloppy, causing the unevenly ground blades to slip past each other -Unusual ergonomics, looks like the handles were re-purposed from another much larger tool. Visually they look to be built by mistake., -Be prepared to use your bench grinder to make them even remotely serviceable.
(I own 4 varying style pairs of $80 Knipex and Snap-On flush cuts, tried these for use for those marginal/blind zip tie cuts or loaners and they fail even to fulfill that role.)
The diagonal cutters were very sharp and snip thin wire very well, however they don't open up very far, so it is hard to get them to surround the wire that you need to cut. It would be much better if they opened just a bit more.
I've had these cutters for years. I only use them on small wires and zip-ties. They may have some scratches but they are in great shape and work well for their purpose. The angled tip allows you to get right up next to what you're cutting, giving you as flush of a cut as you can get.
These cutters are lightweight due to the flat metal components and the handles being mostly plastic. The handles are nice and large with a good texture, giving these cutters a great feel.
Broken out of the box. The handle slipped off and the spring doesn't work and looks like it came from another model cutter as it doesn't seem to fit at all. The cutter opens all the way and has no stop, so even after fiddling with the spring to try to get it to work, it just comes apart again. Disappointed.
These are excellent cutters, but I had a few qualms with them:
1.) the oversized grips are huge and take up a lot of real estate in a tool bag
2.) the glue holding the oversized grips is not very strong—***carefully*** (see next list item) remove these upon purchase and re-glue with Gorilla Glue or something of that nature
3.) when a grip falls off—and it most assuredly will, mine lasted 1 use before falling off—be very careful to not lose the spring mechanism. I lost mine when I was tinkering and now have a non-spring-loaded pair of cutters.
Aside from all that, I do like these cutters. They are very sharp and cut smoothly. As long as you have real estate in your tool bag and heed my warning about the grip glue, I'd recommend these.
This product works great! I ordered one for work and will be ordering another for home.
PROS: countoured design to hand.
Spring back works well.
CONS: Monoprice should manufacture a larger size, full-on wire cutters for something like 12 guage or 14 guage electrical wire (copper conductors NMD). While this might work on the wire, I would refrain and save this for lower voltage, smaller gauge wire.
The action and feel of these cutters is great, ease of use is top notch. Can't beat the price. However, these are quite bulky, due to the ergonomic molded handles. They're comfortable, but plan for extra space in your toolbox to house these.