Plato Shear Cutter

High precision lead cutter

Part # Name Size Units
Per Case
Per Case
170 Plato Shear Cutter   10 $77.50
170SD Plato Shear Cutter - Static Dissipative   10 $152.30
175 Plato Shear Cutter w/Lead Catcher   10 $109.40
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The Plato 170 Plato shear cutter offers precise, reliable cutting action at an economical price. Thin profile handle and lightweight design are ideal for smaller hands.  A Plato shear cutter has a thin profile designed for those hard to reach areas in electronic assembly. Assemblers love the effortless shearing action, comfort, lightweight and safety for electronics lead and wire cutting.  A Plato lead cutter uses the shear cutting method, which requires 50% less operator effort and extends cutting life because they shear rather than pinch. Handles are cushioned for day-long comfort and automatically spring back to their original position after each use.   

Features & Benefits

  • Cut up to 18 AWG copper wire (.04"/1mm)
  • Economical, disposable cutter
  • Thin blade profile for trimming in tight areas
  • Ergonomic handle design
  • Spring-back action


How do I avoid purchasing counterfeit Plato cutters from Amazon and other online sources?

Here are some other things you can do to protect yourself from counterfeit cutters:

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  2. Buy from one of our certified distributors:
  3. Purchase 170LX, which we have not seen counterfeited yet. Same basic cutter with a premium handle:
How many cuts can I expect from the Plato 170 Shear Cutter?
The lifetime of a Plato 170 cutter is dependent on a number of variables, including the thickness of the wire or lead and the amount of force used in the cutting process. The spring and hinge mechanism is tested and rated for 1 million cuts, but that’s just opening and closing. The life will be much short when actually cutting something. For maximum life on a high volume assembly line, consider the Plato Extra-Strong Cutter (part #170S), which has a more robust rivet and blades. It can cut 50% thicker gauge wire or leads, and will last longer in a production environment.


5 Ways to Spot A Counterfeit Plato 170 Shear Cutter Before You Buy Them
The unfortunate truth about Amazon, eBay, Alibaba, and other web retailers, is they are rife with counterfeit products. Scrolling through Amazon listings for “Plato 170”, we spotted 13 fake Plato cutters on the first page! Rest assured that we are taking the appropriate actions to remove these count...
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