Plato Shear Ergonomic Cutter

Ergonomic, ESD-safe shear lead cutter

Part # Name Size Units
Per Case
Per Case
170LX Plato Shear Ergonomic Cutter   10 $106.70
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The 170LX is a remarkable advancement in lead cutter design. Carefully crafted precision cutting blades combine seamlessly with curved, palm shaped, handles to deliver effortless lead cutting and user comfort.

Features & Benefits

  • Comfortable, Ergonomic design
  • ESD safe to protect sensitive components
  • Responsive spring-back action for quick, comfortable cutting of multiple leads
  • Thin profile design to reach tight areas in electronics assembly


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

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  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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