October 17, 2021

Professional Tool Reviews for Pros

New Ridgid Cable Cutters Feature Better Ergonomics

Rigid Cable Cutters

Earlier this month, Ridgid introduced their new line cable cutters for electrical contracting applications. The new Ridgid cable cutters feature a lightweight design with improved ergonomics, making manual cutting a breeze. This new line of tools includes three ratcheting cutters, as well as two manual leverage cutters.

From Ridgid

“The tools were intentionally built with the highest quality blades for cutting ease and to minimize contractor fatigue when cutting cable. Ridgid is continuing its tradition of creating tools with the contractor in mind and our new line of cable cutters is no exception.”

-Gina Hartman, Ridgid Global Marketing Manager

Ridgid Manual Ratchet Action Cutters

These new Ridgid cable cutters employ a ratcheting mechanism to provide easier cutting with less user fatigue. Two of the ratcheting models, the RC-40 and the RC-55, feature a compact design suitable for single handed use, while the RC-70, designed to tackle larger cables, features long, ergonomic handles.

All three of these models feature a pawl release to allow the blade to disengage at any point during the cutting cycle. A locking mechanism keeps these tools secure when not being used. Additionally, Ridgid enclosed the spring within the tool in order to protect it from job site dirt and debris. The high-coated steel blades on the new Ridgid cable cutters have been specially curved and surface-grinded to extend the durability. In addition, the handles on these new cutters feature an ergonomic, impact resistant design.

The ratcheting cutters range in weight from 1.5 lbs – 6.4 lbs, and a maximum copper cutting capacity ranging from 600 MCM to 1,000 MCM. The maximum aluminum cutting capacity ranges from 750 MCM to 1,000 MCM.Ridgid Cable Cutters

Ridgid Manual Leverage Cutters

Ridgid Cable Cutters

The Ridgid manual leverage cutters range in weight from 1.5 lbs. to 3.3 lbs. Both have a maximum capacity for aluminum and copper ranging from 500 MCM to 1,000 MCM. Like their ratcheting counterparts, these cutters employ high-quality blades for extended performance as well. The sickle-shaped blades are rounded handle cutting with more precision.

These cutters feature longer handles for improved leverage and reduced operator fatigue. Ridgid designed these handles with an impact resistant and hardened coating. They also feature soft grips for better comfort and ergonomic support.

Final Thoughts

The new Ridgid cable cutters offer easier cutting for electricians working with larger diameter cables. Improved ergonomics help to stave off user fatigue, and in the case of a couple of the ratcheting options, a one-handed solution to cutting through thicker cables is helpful. Ridgid also offers a full lifetime warranty on these cable cutters, which always helps with peace of mind.

Ridgid Cable Cutters Key Features

Manual Ratchet Action Cutters

Ridgid Cable Cutters

  • Unique ratchet mechanism provides easiest cuts with less fatigue
  • Light-weight and compact design for single-handed use (RC-40 and RC-55)
  • Long ergonomic handles (RC-70) provide easier cuts on large size cables
  • Pawl release allows blade release at any point during cutting
  • Lock/unlock mechanism secures tool when not in use
  • Enclosed spring is protected from debris and loss during use
  • Highest quality blades for durability and longest lifetime

Manual Leverage Cutters

  • Longer handles give more leverage and reduced operator fatigue
  • Sickle-shaped, rounded blades assure precise cutting
  • Robust design with impact resistant coated and hardened handles
  • Highest quality blades for durability and maximum performance and life
  • Soft grips provide additional handle ergonomicsRidgid Cable Cutters

Ridgid Cable Cutter Specs

  • Conductor Material: Copper and aluminum
  • Cable type: Class 2 Stranded Conductor and Class 5 Flexible Conductor to DIN VDE 57295


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