I can understand why most people would find it difficult to get too excited about a mini bolt cutter. Especially one of the tiniest bolt cutters out there, which is actually more of a wire cutter. Nevertheless, I’ve been through enough of these things in my time to know a quality tool when I see it.
The smallest entry in a complete family of cutting tools, the TEKTON 8-Inch Mini Bolt Cutter 3386 is designed with total convenience in mind. It may be small, but its compound hinge design ensures powerful and reliable performance. According to the manufacturer, this pocket-sized cutter is capable of making light work of chains and wires up to 3/16-inches wide.
All impressive claims to fame, but can you really expect top-shelf tool performance from a cutter that costs no more than around $10? That’s what I set out to establish – read on for more.
TEKTON 8-Inch Mini Bolt Cutter 3386 Review – Features
The TEKTON family of bolt cutters features an extensive range of tools to suit all purposes and pockets. This TEKTON 3386 8-Inch wire cutter and mini Bolt Cutter is the smallest entry to the collection, with specifications outlined by the manufacturer as follows:
- Product Dimensions – 8.5 x 2.2 x 0.5 inches
- Item model number – 3386
- Item Weight – 9.1oz
- Size – 8
When you pick up a cutter that costs $10 or less, you almost expect lackluster performance. Nevertheless, TEKTON is adamant that the Mini Bolt Cutter 3386 packs a serious punch for its price. Key feature and selling-points (as published by the manufacturer) being as follows:
Versatile Mini Bolt and Wire Cutter
Despite its compact size and lightweight properties, the TEKTON 3386 wire cutter is able to cut bolts, chains, threaded rods, and wires up to 3/16-inch.
Compound Hinge Design
The cutter’s compound hinge design combined with super-strong drop forged hardened alloy steel jaws guarantee exceptional cutting power and consistent long-term performance.
The tubular steel handles feature soft rubber grips, providing non-slip comfort when dealing with even the most difficult jobs.
Again, I wouldn’t expect anyone else to get too excited about a mini bolt cutter. It’s not as if they’re the most exciting tools on the planet. Nevertheless, find yourself in a situation where you need one of these things, and you’ll realize how important it is to buy a quality cutter.
I put my TEKTON 8-Inch Mini Bolt Cutter 3386 to the test with pretty extensive gardening and fencing project. From 17 gauge galvanized electric fence wire to 11-gauge woven fence wire, they performed well beyond my expectations. They may be somewhat limited in capacity, but for jobs like mine, they were pretty much perfect.
My advice – carefully consider your requirements before deciding which cutter to go with. I noted most of the negative feedback attached to these things came from buyers who’d used them for jobs they simply aren’t built for. Seriously – you can’t expect to buy a $10 mini-Cutter and use it or snip through heavy bolts and shanks like a knife through butter!
If the TEKTON 8-Inch Mini Bolt Cutter 3386 isn’t big enough, its bigger brothers and sisters have you covered.
- Excellent build quality
- Comfortable to hold
- Surprisingly powerful cutting
- Exceptional value for money
- Lightweight and easy to use
- Not suitable for thicker wire
Given the fact that these things sell for less than $10, I can’t think of any mini cutters on the market right now that represent better value for money. The name itself might be a little misleading, as they’re more ‘heavy-duty wire’ cutters than ‘bolt’ cutters. Hence, you need to carefully consider your requirements before deciding which size to go for. For smaller jobs where you simply need a reliable cutter, the TEKTON Mini Bolt Cutter and wire cutter won’t let you down.