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Morse-Starrett #1 Impact Wire Rope Cutter - 3/4" Max Cut

Morse-Starrett #1 Impact Wire Rope Cutter - 3/4" Max Cut
SKU: MS-101MPN: 101
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  • Made in the United States of America!

Product Description

  • The original impact wire rope cutter invented in 1928
  • Actuated by striking with a hammer, easy to operate and gives superior performance without jamming
  • The blade and dies are made of the finest tool steel available, heat-treated and ground to close tolerances
  • The cutting blades are retained in the housing at the moment of impact, ensuring safety
  • Replacement parts are available and in stock

* Designed for use only with new and unused wire rope. NOT for use with 1x7 cable, such as EHS.
** This product is not eligible for any current promotions.


Wire Rope Cutters
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Questions & Answers

4 Questions & 4 Answers
from Livingston, TX asked:
May 19, 2020

We cut a 1/4" 7x19 Stainless steel cable.† What cutter do you recommend for this cable/wire rope?

1 Answer
Generally speaking we would not recommend an impact cutter like this for doing clean, repetitive cuts.† A bench cutter is a great choice if you're doing multiple cuts and plan to set up a work station.† The 20" aluminum handle cutters would be better if you plan to use the cutters in the field, different locations, different jobs, etc.† See product links below.

HIT Bench-Mount Wire Rope Cutter - 3/8" Max Cut - #22-BWC21

HIT 20" Wire Rope Cutter - 1/2" Max Cut - #22-WRC20

Submitted by: WRS on May 21, 2020

from Missouri asked:
March 3, 2020
Will it cut 3/4'' swaged cable?
1 Answer
These cutters are rated only for cutting general purpose wire rope in the 6x19, 6x25 and 6x36 classes.† It may cut 3/4" swaged, but how long the blade and dies hold up is questionable to say the least.
Submitted by: WRS on March 3, 2020

from Florence, WI asked:
June 16, 2019
We cut 1/4" and 5/16" galv and stainless cable. Will this make a clean cut on them?
1 Answer
Not necessarily; this type of cutter relies and brute force to make the cut.† You would be better off using a two-handle cutter such as the HIT 20" or HIT 26" model.† Or you could even look at the Felco brand which costs more, but is considered the best on the market.† Either brand is designed to give you a nice, clean cut which makes it much easier to install fittings or thread the wire rope through a given object.
Submitted by: WRS on June 17, 2019

from Rossville, GA asked:
February 22, 2018
I intend to cut #16 "Jack-Chain". This cutter looks as though it may be ideal as a manual product. A consideration may be how tiring using a hammer would be after hours use at a time. What weight of drop would be necessary to clean cut that grade of wire used in that chain?
1 Answer
Unfortunately we do not have specific information regarding the use of this cutter and the chain you have. But, since this cutter is rated to cut up to 3/4" wire rope, it should have no problem cutting your #16 chain. The only possible issue could be if the chain is too small and soft, it may binder where the blade sinks into the base, but we would not have a way of testing that.
Submitted by: Westech Rigging Supply on February 23, 2018

Product Reviews

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By Rodney
Cumberland Plateau, TN
Great American Tool
October 10, 2020
The cutter works awesome. How refreshing to get something that is exactly what it says it is, and does the job as promised. Great quality and as far as Iím concerned a piece of American tool history. I expect this will be around long beyond my lifetime given itís made to last construction.
ProsGreat quality and performance. Very nice clean cuts of 1/2 inch wire rope. 3-4 moderate blows to the cutter and the rope fell cleanly apart with no fraying. Ordered the cutter to cut wire rope for dongles and to run rope through gate posts.

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