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BX/AC Cutter - Worth it for $20? #22730
02/27/03 02:57 PM
02/27/03 02:57 PM
Electric-Ian  Offline OP
Joined: Dec 2001
Posts: 18
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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Re: BX/AC Cutter - Worth it for $20? #22731
02/27/03 03:17 PM
02/27/03 03:17 PM
mountainman  Offline
Joined: Jan 2002
Posts: 54
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.

Re: BX/AC Cutter - Worth it for $20? #22732
02/27/03 03:32 PM
02/27/03 03:32 PM
Len_B  Offline
Joined: Jan 2003
Posts: 53
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.


Re: BX/AC Cutter - Worth it for $20? #22733
02/27/03 03:39 PM
02/27/03 03:39 PM
gramps  Offline
Joined: Aug 2002
Posts: 112
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. [Linked Image]
and really keeps insulation damage to an absolute minimum ("0")

[Linked Image]

Re: BX/AC Cutter - Worth it for $20? #22734
02/27/03 03:40 PM
02/27/03 03:40 PM
SvenNYC  Offline
Joined: Aug 2002
Posts: 1,691
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?

Re: BX/AC Cutter - Worth it for $20? #22735
02/27/03 04:29 PM
02/27/03 04:29 PM
CRW  Offline
Joined: Feb 2001
Posts: 159
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)
[Linked Image]

But some people are talking about the Roto-Split
[Linked Image]

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.

Re: BX/AC Cutter - Worth it for $20? #22736
02/27/03 06:07 PM
02/27/03 06:07 PM
zapped208  Offline
Joined: Feb 2003
Posts: 197
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.

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Re: BX/AC Cutter - Worth it for $20? #22737
02/27/03 06:50 PM
02/27/03 06:50 PM
John Steinke  Offline
Joined: Apr 2001
Posts: 518
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.

Re: BX/AC Cutter - Worth it for $20? #22738
02/27/03 10:10 PM
02/27/03 10:10 PM
The Watt Doctor  Offline
Joined: Dec 2001
Posts: 435
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
Re: BX/AC Cutter - Worth it for $20? #22739
03/03/03 07:32 PM
03/03/03 07:32 PM
electure  Offline

Joined: Dec 2000
Posts: 4,264
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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