Tool Review – Milwaukee Bolt Cutter

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Are you sick and tired of trying to cut 3/8” bolts and ¼”x20’s with your lineman ‘s pliers or your side cutting pliers? It’s a pain in the butt to use a small handled tool with barely and fulcrum to cut these thick screws. And often times, you hurt your hand just trying to get through the bolt.

The Bolt Cutter

This Milwaukee bolt cutter is definitely a game changer and is a tool you should keep in your truck. You may not use it every day but I guarantee that time you need it, it’ll definitely be worth having in your toolbox.  As an electrician I traditionally don’t use bolt cutters very often unless I have to cut a large bolt, or I’ve misplaced my keys and my ladders are locked up and I have to cut the lock to get to them.  Normally I’d use my Sawzall with a metal blade to cut through whatever it is that I’m cutting through.  But when cutting bolts you end up messing up all the threads, so having a proper bolt cutter is a really good thing to have.

I tested this Milwaukee bolt cutter on 3 different types of bolts – the first was a #10 wood screw with a 5/16” hex head.  This bolt cutter cut through it with ease.  The next bolt I tried was a ¼” x 20.  We use these screws a lot in the electrical trade, especially when building a strut-rack or mounting a service to uni-strut, and often times the ¼” x 20’s vary in length.  When they’re too long you have to cut the ends of them off so they won’t bottom out on the strut.  This can be a pain when all you have is a set of channel locks and a Sawzall.  Normally you’d have to get another person to hold the bolt with channel locks against something solid and then you’d sit there with your Sawzall and cut through the bolt, shredding the threads so you have to re-thread the bolt after cutting – which is about a 5 minute process per bolt.  If you whip out these Milwaukee bolt cutters instead, with a single squeeze you can cut through this ¼” x 20 bolt like it’s nothing.  You may still have to rework the threads a bit – any bolt this size is going to be extremely hard to cut and nobody’s going to have a large diameter bolt threader on them, unless you carry around a tap-and-die set.

The last bolt I cut was a 3/8” x 20 with a 7/16” hex head.  This is a huge bolt to cut, and using this bolt cutter, I did have to squeeze pretty hard to get through it, but it did the trick just fine.  It certainly was much easier than trying to use a pair of lineman’s pliers and it definitely saved my wrists some discomfort.  I was pretty impressed that a 3/8” bolt was cut with such a small bolt cutter but it definitely did what it said it would do.

The Specs

  • Forged Steel Blades For Longer Life

  • Bolt Lock Prevents Loosening

  • Adjustable Blades

  • Lanyard Holes

  • Max Cut Capacity 5/16″

  • Assembled Height – 15.5 in

  • Assembled Length – 11.75 in

  • Assembled Width – 5.2 in

  • Product Weight – 2.2 lbs


I’m definitely keeping one of these Milwaukee bolt cutters in my truck.  I will probably not use it very often, but when I do need a bolt cutter, this one is more than capable of getting the job done.

For more info on this bolt cutter, click here.

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