What Can Bolt Cutters Cut?

Stacy Zogheib

Bolt cutters are a heavy-duty version of typical wire cutters. They are typically available in 14-inch, 18-inch, and 24-inch lengths and can be made of steel, aluminum or a combination of the two.

Bolt cutters can cut through many types of rounded metal.


A sturdy pair of bolt cutters can enable you to cut many different thicknesses of wire and cable. This means that you can trim wires, cables, and brake cords to the size that you need.


True to their name, bolt cutters are the perfect tool for cutting off rusted bolts or screws. If you are cutting larger bolts you may find it easier to brace the cutter on the floor and push down with your hands rather than trying to squeeze with both hands.


If you are putting up a fence, bolt cutters are the perfect tool for cutting through many different types of mesh. From hurricane wire to chicken wire to steel cable, the right set of bolt cutters will make the job much quicker and easier.