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Plato Shear Lead Cutters

Plato lead cutters will give you the precision of a high-end soldering tool, but for the price of a disposable shear cutter. Assemblers love the ergonomic effortless design shearing action, comfort, and safety of a Plato lead cutter. 

Plato lead cutters use the shear cutting method, which requires 50% less operator effort and extends cutting life. The thin profile design is perfect for hard to reach areas in electronic assembly. Plato cutter handles are cushioned for comfort all day and automatically spring back to their original position after each use.

Plato lead cutters 175 and 175LX come with a lead catcher, which holds onto a trimmer lead until the shear is opened. this prevents leads from flying off, which can lead to eye injury or contaminate the assembly.

Plato Flux Dispensers

Needle bottles are ideal for precisely controlled flux applications. Two different needle sizes are available: 0.25mm for low viscosity no-clean and aqueous fluxes and 0.50mm for higher viscosity rosin-based fluxes. Each bottle is available in standard plastic or with optional ESD-safe cover.

Plato Sponges & Brass Tip Cleaner

Plato sponges are an effective and fast way to clean a tip. The cellulose sponge material is made of natural wood pulp, so it will not melt and damage the soldering tip like a synthetic sponge would. They come with different holes or slits to make it even faster and easier, and to avoid flinging molten solder. 
Plato Brass Tip Cleaner is fast and easy to use, doesn’t require saturating with water, and doesn’t thermally shock the soldering tip.

Tip Tinner

When sponges or other tip cleaners stop working, and you are stuck with a "cold" tip that won't wet, Plato Tip Tinner can bring them back to life. Just wipe the oxidized soldering tip at normal soldering temperature into the tip tinner for a few seconds until the bright tinning surrounds the working end of the tip. Wipe excess residue on a wet cellulose sponge.
Platoshear Cutter Plato Shear Cutter
High precision lead cutter
Platoshear S Extra-Strong Cutter Plato Shear S Extra-Strong Cutter
Durable, long-life shear lead cutter- A Plato shear cutter has a thin profile designed for hard to reach areas in an electronic assembly. If your an assembler you will love how effortlessly our shear cutters cut and the design is lightweight and comfortable to work with.
Platoshear Ergonomic Cutter Plato Shear Ergonomic Cutter
Ergonomic, ESD-safe shear lead cutter
Platoshear Heavy Duty Cutter Plato Shear Heavy Duty Cutter
Heavy-duty shear cutter for heavier gauge wire and cable
Brass Waterless Tip Cleaner Brass Waterless Tip Cleaner
Universal tip cleaner works with all soldering stations
Sponges Sponges
Cellulose solder station sponges for Weller, Hakko, Pace and more
Tip Tinner Tip Tinner
Plato’s Tip Cleaner provides fast, efficient cleaning and re-tinning of highly oxidized soldering iron tips. Tip Cleaner brings oxidized tips back to life, which improves soldering speed.
Needle Flux Dispenser Needle Flux Dispenser
Needle bottles are ideal for precisely controlled flux applications. Two different needle sizes are available: 0.25mm for low viscosity no-clean and aqueous fluxes, and 0.50mm for higher viscosity rosin-based fluxes. Each bottle is available in standard plastic or with optional ESD-safe cover.

FAQ's

How do I avoid purchasing counterfeit Plato cutters from Amazon and other online sources?

Here are some other things you can do to protect yourself from counterfeit cutters: 1) Buy directly from www.techspray.com, 2) Buy from one of our certified distributors: https://www.techspray.com/distributors?country=US, and 3) Purchase 170LX, which we have not seen counterfeited yet. Same basic cutter with a premium handle: https://www.techspray.com/platoshear-ergonomic-cutter-4.

How can I purchase replacement needle for Plato flux dispensing bottles?

Techspray does not offer replacement, only complete flux bottles. The needles are standard parts that are commonly used for automatic dispensing systems. You can find compatible needles with distributors like Grainger. They are 1" stainless steel needles, 21 guage for FD-2 and SF-2, and 26 guage for FD-21 and SF-1.

How many cuts can I expect from the Plato 170 Shear Cutter?

The lifetime of a Plato 170 cutter is dependent on a number of variables, including the thickness of the wire or lead and the amount of force used in the cutting process. The spring and hinge mechanism is tested and rated for 1 million cuts, but that’s just opening and closing. The life will be much short when actually cutting something. For maximum life on a high volume assembly line, consider the Plato Extra-Strong Cutter (part #170S), which has a more robust rivet and blades. It can cut 50% thicker gauge wire or leads, and will last longer in a production environment.

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