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Bad wire cutters on Dime? 2248

Absolutely No Life Club Posts: 7,909 Any tool is better than nothing. Some not by much
Bad wire cutters on Dime?
« on: January 25, 2013, 06:18:40 PM »
So, in the 'Lovin my Dime' thread here...
http://forum.multitool.org/index.php/topic,41265.msg678547.html#msg678547

...I reported having serious problems with the wire cutters on my Dime. My Leatherman Style PS will cut 12-gauge copper wire with pretty good authority. I had no fear in it accomplishing the task. When I tried it with my Dime, it was pushing the plier jaws apart in a way that seriously threatened to pop the pivot. It was UGLY.

So, I was looking at the plier head on the Dime today, and found the problem. The Frickin Wire cutters are completely blunt! Not a LITTLE blunt, either!

Here's the worse of the two, but the other side is also flat. Is this what other folks' wirecutters look like? This is frickin horrible!
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Re: Bad wire cutters on Dime?
« Reply #1 on: January 25, 2013, 06:30:39 PM »
Looks like $20 bucks down the toilet to me  :think:

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Re: Bad wire cutters on Dime?
« Reply #2 on: January 25, 2013, 06:43:47 PM »
Yeah Lynn, mine are like that too.  More akin to "crushers" than cutters, somewhat like the Wingman's "crushers" (my term).  On the PS4, the cutters are angled so all of the force is applied to the sharp-ish corners of the cutters.  The Dime has something more akin to flats than corners, which I never really paid any attention to until you pointed it out. 

Absolutely No Life Club Posts: 7,909 Any tool is better than nothing. Some not by much
Re: Bad wire cutters on Dime?
« Reply #3 on: January 25, 2013, 06:55:20 PM »
Looks like $20 bucks down the toilet to me  :think:

If I'd purchased them as wire cutters. But Wire cutting is WAY down on my list of needs. Highest up were small pliers, scissors, and blade. Well... not even 'pliers'. What I need are something like sturdy forceps.

This tool covers all those, and a bunch of other functions well. It just fails at wire cutting. I'm thinking about introducing Mr Dime to Mr File and see if I can't improve this situation.
« Last Edit: January 25, 2013, 08:02:22 PM by Lynn LeFey »
Absolutely No Life Club Posts: 7,909 Any tool is better than nothing. Some not by much
Re: Bad wire cutters on Dime?
« Reply #4 on: January 25, 2013, 07:04:59 PM »
And.... fixed.

Five minutes with a triangle file had them in shape. However, there's still an unpleasant amount of flex in the plier head while cutting the wire. BUT, it will be useful for lighter tasks, at least, and capable of 12-gauge in an absolute emergency.
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Re: Bad wire cutters on Dime?
« Reply #5 on: January 25, 2013, 10:41:35 PM »
I think I'll hit mine with a file too.  Good idea.  I've done that to the PS4 cutters when they start to bind a little.

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Re: Bad wire cutters on Dime?
« Reply #6 on: January 26, 2013, 08:42:06 PM »
I really wanted to like the Dime, but it seems to be plagued with foibles :-\

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Absolutely No Life Club Posts: 7,909 Any tool is better than nothing. Some not by much
Re: Bad wire cutters on Dime?
« Reply #7 on: January 26, 2013, 08:53:45 PM »
I don't think it's a match with the Squirt PS4, but I think it's certainly in the same ballpark. Also... Torx construction. That lends itself to fun modder stuff without needing a whole workshop.
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Re: Bad wire cutters on Dime?
« Reply #8 on: January 26, 2013, 09:59:03 PM »
I don't think it's a match with the Squirt PS4, but I think it's certainly in the same ballpark. Also... Torx construction. That lends itself to fun modder stuff without needing a whole workshop.

I haven't taken one apart but the back system is a little more complicated than the Squirt (which is beautiful in its simplicity). The perm bottle opener is crippling for versatility.

I really wanted to like the Dime, but it seems to be plagued with foibles :-\

Me too, but the tool selection and really "unfinished" construction leaves feeling it is "first production".

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