Wiring tools-straight or angled handles?

sfhellwig(6a SE Kansas)May 27, 2009

Some of the next tools I will need are wire cutters and wire/jin pliers. Right now I have regular needle nose and wire cutters and they aren't going to work for much longer. After looking around I see both are offered in a straight and angled handle set. I am wondering if anyone has found likes or dislikes with either. I figure the wire cutters I would want straight handle for better leverage/less slip. However the angled pliers may be better for wiring trees into pots. Input is appreciated.

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I've had both curved and straight handled wire cutters but didn't see much difference in the way they worked. I would imagine that the curved handled ones would be more comfortable if you were removing a lot of wire.

I never really bothered with the 'jin' plyers rather used good lineman ones for wiring trees into pots, normal but decent plyers and slip-joint ones for jins and other 'ripping' operations. Much of it depends on what you need/want and can spend for.

I think most of us would agree that the order of importance for tools would be 1. 2 good pair of concave cutters--8" and a larger set 2. good quality wire cutters 3. knob cutters.
The rest of the stuff sort of gets accumulated over the years.


    Bookmark   June 1, 2009 at 8:51PM
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sfhellwig(6a SE Kansas)

I definitely agree on the concave cutters. Those are probably the one tool I couldn't have found a non-bonsai replacement for. And thanks for the idea of lineman's pliers. I believe I will buy those locally. I do like the appearance of bonsai specific tools but I do not have much disposable income so alternatives are always appreciated. I do have a cheap tool wrap but it is full of second hand/modified tools. I suppose I could work with typical wire cutters and just be more cautious. I just haven't ever seen the jaws on bonsai wire cutters to see what is different.

    Bookmark   June 3, 2009 at 9:41AM
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The wire cutters for Bonsai are very different. They allow more leverage with a smaller cutting area and closely rounded end to allow you to cut the wire without nicking the branch in the process. If someone wires they are an absolute necessity.


    Bookmark   June 3, 2009 at 7:57PM
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sfhellwig(6a SE Kansas)

I was finally able to find closer pictures of a few wire cutters. I think for the small amount of work I have done so far I can get by but these will definitely be my next bonsai purchase. I would like to believe I could modify an existing set but working tool steel is not probably in my means. I wanted to do this, it does require some investment. At least this way it will match my shears and concave cutters. Curved or straight will be more a function of which is the cheapest pair I can find.

    Bookmark   June 4, 2009 at 9:54AM
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