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How do I cut a cable tie correctly?

After fastening the cable tie, the strap or tail should be cut off. We will explain what you need to keep in mind and tell you which tools you can use. In addition, there are cable ties with built-in twist-tail technology, allowing you to break the strap off cleanly at the tie head.

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Cut the tail flush with the tie head

After installing and cutting the ends, plastic cable ties and stainless steel cable ties can be left with sharp edges. That’s why you should cut the strap as flush as possible with the locking head. This will prevent future injuries or damage to adjacent cables.

Cutting cable ties with tools

We carry installation tools for quick cable tie assembly. Our cable tie guns with cutting function allow you to cut the tails flush with the cable tie head. You can also use side-cutting nippers or wire-stripping pliers, which are also suitable for cutting the ends off cable ties.

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Don’t cut the tails off with a utility knife. If the knife slips, you could injure yourself or damage adjacent cable harnesses or insulations. We also don’t recommend cutting the tie ends with scissors because a few millimetres of the cable tie will remain, and the sharp edge can lead to injuries or damaged surfaces.

Twist Tail technology

Our Twist Tail® cable ties with perforation let you break off the tail cleanly without leaving any sharp edges behind. You won’t need any tools to install these cable ties.


You can find all warnings related to handling cable ties in the safety information for the use of cable ties.