1. Electrician Tools
  2. Cable Strippers and Cutters
  3. Irwin Tools Vise-Grip Cable Cutters 8″

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  • Made from chromium nickel steel, with moulded ProTouch handles for extra comfort
  • Cuts through copper and aluminium wire, up to 16mm
  • Induction hardened edges for a sharp finish

Cable cutters are an essential tool for electricians and everyone has their own preferred brand. Irwin Tools is a brand that we have never reviewed before or used in our training centre, until now.

irwin vise grip cable cutters 8 inch

Irwin Tools both manufacture and distribute a variety of professional tools and power tool accessories, all designed with the tradesperson in mind.

For the past two months, we have been testing out their 8” Vise Grip Cable Cutters to see how they compare to other leading brands.

irwin vise grip cable cutters 8 inch

When considering investing in a pair of cable cutters, you want to think about how many functions the tool has, how useful it is going to be for you and how much it costs. Although these Irwin Cable Cutters only have one purpose, to cut cable, the price reflects this; at just £11.99, they are great value for money.

 “For the price, they are brilliant.” Our electrical trainer says “they are best used for cutting 6mm or above, and we’ve tested them up to 16mm without breaking a sweat.”

irwin vise grip cable cutters 8 inch

“If you’re not cutting above 6mm regularly, and just need a cutter for that occasional use or when you’re doing tails once in a while, they are perfect to have on site, because they’ll cut it fine” our trainer says.

“However, if you are cutting a lot of 6mm or above all the time, then you may want to spend some more money on a pair of cutters that has more one function, like the NWS cutters.”

irwin vise grip cable cutters 8 inch

The cable cutters have a good leverage, “because of the length, but the long handles also mean that they are not something you will be able to easily keep in your back pocket” our trainer says.

For their clean, precise finish and great price point, our trainer has given these Irwin cable cutters 4 stars.


  • Price is great for their performance.
  • Precise, sharp cut on the cable.
  • Easy to cut with because of the high leverage.


  • They only do one thing, so won’t be something you keep in your pocket, but rather a tool box purchase.
  • They aren’t as handy to have on site as something like the NWS cutters, because of the size of them.
  • 8 inch grip can be quite big if you’ve got small hands; you can’t open it up all the way with one hand.

4 stars

You can buy the Irwin Vise Grip Cable Cutters from Screwfix for £11.99


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