A bolt cutter is a tool which is used for cutting thicker metal materials such as wire mesh, chains, padlocks, and of course bolts. Bolt cutters feature long handles and short blades paired with composite hinges to guarantee the maximum cutting capacity and leverage. Hardness of a bolt cutter’s blades is measured by a unit called HRC, which is the abbreviation for Rockwell Hardness on the scale of C, and normally follows a number (for example, Cutting Blade Sharpness – 42 HRC).
Normal bolt cutters come in sizes of 12, 14, 18, 24, 30, 36, and 42 inches from the tip of the jaw to the handle’s end, but the ones we’ll be looking at, which exert the most force when cutting, vary from 36 inches up to as long as 44 inches. Take a look at the chart below to compare several different bolt cutters with the maximum cutting capacity available and be sure to consider the task at hand and the thickness of the hard or soft metal you will be cutting when choosing the best bolt cutters.