You have to know how to use bolt cutters for a perfect cut. When you need to slice down your chains or bolts or wires bolt cutters are the exact tool you should look for. Bolt cutters are rigid, hand-held cutting tools which can easily pierce through sturdy metal objects such as rods, chains and padlocks. These cutters have shorter blades and longer handles. The head of bolt cutters has several hexagonal bolts which are used to adjust or replace those blades. While the combination of long handles is designed for the transfer of more power for the more cutting force.
Bolt cutters have application in many sectors including electrical and building trades, for the opening of sea containers or for cutting through metal wires, rods etc. These are more commonly useful in construction purpose where workers undertake tough tasks like cutting steel rods. Thus to get work done better we must know its proper usage and not employ into any hasty use. It is necessary to take proper precautions before using them.
The following steps will help you to use a bolt cutter:
Lubricate the joints if you find it necessary
If you do not use those cutters for a long period of time it may cause difficulty to open. Thus use a little bit of lubricant oil so that it becomes smooth and easy to work with.
- Jaw gap must be equal
It will be difficult to cut through the material fully if there is any gap between your cutters blades. So you need to adjust those gaps before cutting. Try to adjust the blades using the adjustment bolt on the neck of the tool. Find where the jaw end of the tool is and locate the eccentricity bolt with a hexagonal head. Put the cutter on its side in such a way that the head of the bolt faces upward.
Then take a crescent wrench and turn the eccentricity bolt in a counterclockwise direction. Without removing the bolt simply loosen both halves of the tool. Put a piece of paper in between the jaws and bring the handles together, then slowly turn the bolt clockwise. The jaws will start to come together when the bolts are tightened. Remove the paper when the cutting edges start to press against it and check for a uniform gap between the edges.
Choosing the cutting point
Find a place to cut, where you can get a good grip on the metal with the jaws. If a clear grip is not available, use the end cut jaws which allow reaching into limited spaces.
Keeping the material at the bottom of jaws
Take the bolt cutter jaws and move it around the material so that it lies down the blades, near to the hinges. At this position, maximum cutting force is applied and it helps to hold the material slipping out of the tool’s jaws.
closing the blades
After the work is done close the blades of the cutters by pressing the handles together. Slowly and steadily perform the action so that the material being cut does not slip out as the cutter moves through it. Do not haste to twist and turn the tool to make the cutting fast, which can damage the blades.
Pressure must be applied
The final stage is to create pressure on the bolt cutter handles together as hard as it is possible for you, slowly and steadily by increasing the pressure on the blade to get your desired result. If you find that the material is hard than the first notch it initially, your action will be successful after some several attempts and applying a greater force on to the handles.