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Flush cutters for wire pins...
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Washington, United States
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Posted: Tuesday, June 13, 2006 - 09:08 AM UTC
Looking for a high-strength flush cutter for sustained cutting of brass, aluminum, or even steel narrow-guage wires for making pegs and pins, something that won't notch, yet will cut the end of the pin smooth. Any recommnedations?
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Ontario, Canada
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Posted: Tuesday, June 13, 2006 - 04:21 PM UTC
The only place I have seen flush cutters is on a tool truck. Snap On Tools sells them, Im assuming Mac would also. If you know anyone in the automotive trade, ask them to have a look. Or try UAP/NAPA. They may have something.

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Posted: Tuesday, June 13, 2006 - 04:22 PM UTC
Not much for the steel (unless it's really small Dia wise) I use the small Craftsman side cutters and clean up the end of the wire.... or use a dremel to cut it off.
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Connecticut, United States
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Posted: Wednesday, June 14, 2006 - 08:26 PM UTC
I bought a set of cutting pliers that are almost identical to the ones sold by Tamiya at Michaels Arts and Crafts.
They are in the area with the beading/stained glass type tools and supplies. They have a purple handle but who cares and they were only like 3 bucks w/ a
40% off coupon. They are also excellent for cutting pieces from sprue.

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Posted: Thursday, June 15, 2006 - 12:39 AM UTC
Just about any hardwear store that sells quailty tools should have quality flush cutting nippers and side cutters. You have to ask for flush cutting, but they really aren't that hard to find.
I would suggest buying a quailty tool, not one for models if you intend to cut steel wire, I suggest you read the label to see if it's designed to cut steel. Some are -- some aren't.
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Posted: Thursday, June 15, 2006 - 12:46 AM UTC
Another option may be to go to a model railroading shop. Rail nippers may fit the bill, but I don't know for sure.

Dave S.