two handle styles
handles are for working in restricted areas and/or customer preference.
Handle width in closed position for Size 4 and 5 tools - 2.0"
high leverage, double ergonomic handle curvature and length will disperse
and minimize pressure to the hand. Closed handle width on Size 4 and 5
tools is 1.75"; Size 6 is 1.95"; Size 7 is 2.13". Special
additional extended handles are available. Contact our sales office for
considers attributes and characteristics of people (their bodies, hands,
eyes and minds) in designing tools so that people and tools work most
cost effectively and safely - ergonomically - together (Human Engineering).
In this approach to work, the cost of users' labor and fringe benefits
including workers compensation, and the quality of the users' products
and potential rejects rates are far more important than just the cost
of tools and tool maintenance.
- Proper service
of existing tools minimizes the forces necessary on any hand. Swanstrom
services all brands and styles of cutters, pliers, and tweezers. See
our reconditioning page for details.
- Size, weight
and handle opening should feel comfortable to the operator. Every
gram translates to additional ergs of effort for your people. Smaller
people, in general, prefer smaller tools. Swanstrom's offers the broadest
selection of handle forms in the industry. Wider joints mean stronger
bodies, better bearing and greater jaw rigidity for longest functionality.
- Edge type
is extremely important. Hardness of wires may dictate standard bevel,
but when soft material is used, a super flush cutter jaw will function
with about half the effort required for a bevel or flush cutter, while
minimizing wire pinch and spike and potential shock damage to the leads
or components. Super flush cutters wear faster, but that cost is usually
offset by other ergonomic and shock reduction and low spike advantages.
Swanstrom edge-cut choices include: shear, near shear, .010 bevel, .005
flush, .002 full flush, and .000 super flush.
- Soft Touch
static dissipative foam handles distribute pressure smoothly to
the hand and dissipate static electricity slowly to protect components.
- Wider handles
facilitate operator pick up and distribute (reduce) squeeze pressure
over a wider area of the hand.
- Leverage and
tip control are maximized and operator effort minimized when the
shortest jaw lengths are specified - such as our S402E cutter or S108E
- Soft touch double
action stainless leaf springs minimize hand forces and pressures.
They are permanently welded in place and can be adjusted to the operator's
desired feel. (See Tool Adjustments page.)
- Tool head and
tip shape choices
permit a wide range of hand and arm positions with maximum visibility
at the point of cut. Swanstrom oval designs are strongest. Taper slims
are most versatile but weakest at the tips. Angle end cutters and curved
noses should be evaluated before the need to incur the additional cost
of special handles. (Consider Swanstrom's S491E angled end cutter, or
S242E curved nose plier).
- Anti-glare finish
prevents visual fatigue. Swanstrom Super tools are furnished with this
beautiful black ergonomic finish which also resists corrosion.
- Custom designed
tools are justified in certain applications. Swanstrom engineers,
makes, and sells such tools. Call 1-800-287-8872 to discuss your general
or unique needs.
Static dissipative foam handles do not protect from electrical shock.
Do not use on live electrical circuits. Cut wires or broken tips may fly
causing eye injury.