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#22730 - 02/27/03 11:57 AM BX/AC Cutter - Worth it for $20?
Electric-Ian Offline

Registered: 12/12/01
Posts: 19
Loc: Mazomanie, WI, USA
Greetings fellow tool-nuts!

The other day I saw a pair of Klein BX Cutters made specifically for cutting & reshaping BX/AC armor, and am wondering if any of you have used them and if it is even worth purchasing. Any advice would be appreciated! (Seems like nowadays there's a tool for every single function in the electrical trade...)

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#22731 - 02/27/03 12:17 PM Re: BX/AC Cutter - Worth it for $20?
mountainman Offline

Registered: 01/29/02
Posts: 54
Loc: Richmond Va. U.S.A.
That tool has been around for many years, and yes it is very handy for BX cable. I would not use it for MC cable.

#22732 - 02/27/03 12:32 PM Re: BX/AC Cutter - Worth it for $20?
Len_B Offline

Registered: 01/19/03
Posts: 56
Loc: New Hampshire
Ah! I believe it is called a "Roto-Strip". Comes in a few sizes and cutter wheels are replacable. Use on BX and greenfield. Big time saver if your doing a job with BX.


#22733 - 02/27/03 12:39 PM Re: BX/AC Cutter - Worth it for $20?
gramps Offline

Registered: 08/25/02
Posts: 120
Loc: ohio
one of the tools i require my people to have. no more hacksaw or dike cuts. makes things look more like a "pro" did it.
and really keeps insulation damage to an absolute minimum ("0")


#22734 - 02/27/03 12:40 PM Re: BX/AC Cutter - Worth it for $20?
SvenNYC Offline

Registered: 08/19/02
Posts: 1685
Loc: New York City
Why is it not a good idea to cut MC with a RotoStrip? Is the green earth conductor prone to getting cut when you use this tool?

#22735 - 02/27/03 01:29 PM Re: BX/AC Cutter - Worth it for $20?
CRW Offline

Registered: 02/11/01
Posts: 160
Loc: Bethlehem, PA USA
I think we are talking about 2 different tools in this thread. I'm thinking the first post is about the "All Purpose Shears and BX Cutter." (see pic)

But some people are talking about the Roto-Split

Why wouldn't you either of these tools to strip MC cable. I've used both to cut AC, MC and FMC, and they both work well. I use the Roto-Split the most for MC cable, it's quick and does a great job.

#22736 - 02/27/03 03:07 PM Re: BX/AC Cutter - Worth it for $20?
zapped208 Offline

Registered: 02/18/03
Posts: 201
Loc: Somewhere in USA
The Roto-Split is the best! I've had mine about 16 yaers, and still going strong.But i always look at the klein bx cutter at Home Depot, but can't seem to part with the 20 dollars.
Shoot first, apologize later.....maybe

#22737 - 02/27/03 03:50 PM Re: BX/AC Cutter - Worth it for $20?
John Steinke Offline

Registered: 04/03/01
Posts: 509
Loc: Reno,Nv., USA
The roto-zip is the cats' meow for MC! The other cutters are usefull for the larger sizes of flex, seal-tite, etc- and they cut metal banding as well as avaition snips.

#22738 - 02/27/03 07:10 PM Re: BX/AC Cutter - Worth it for $20?
The Watt Doctor Offline

Registered: 12/23/01
Posts: 443
Loc: Mont Belvieu, TX
I wouldn't cut BX or MC without a Roto-Split.
I've seen some "Old Timers" who would say, "Who needs a Roto-Split!" I think they are a great tool, and well worth 20 bucks or more.

The Watt Doctor
Altura Cogen
Channelview, TX

#22739 - 03/03/03 04:32 PM Re: BX/AC Cutter - Worth it for $20?
electure Offline


Registered: 12/24/00
Posts: 4226
Loc: Fullerton, CA USA
The Klein cutters make a great pair of scissors, tin snips, etc.....but they aren't to be used on AC or MC cable.
(I got this info from the manufacturer.)
Get a Roto-Split, by Seatek (sp?), not the Greenlee flex-splitter. You'll be glad you did...S

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