How to Cut a Padlock with Bolt Cutters

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What if you lost your key and a padlock stands in the way?

If you could get your hands on a bolt cutter, the padlock would be gone in no time.

All you have to do is just destroy the padlock with the bolt cutter. You know what they say: desperate times call for desperate measures.

However, despite the simplicity of the task, you still have to learn how to cut a padlock with bolt cutters. Why? There are factors that can make the process ineffective.

To ensure success, take a look at this video:


Here’s a review of what you just watched:

  • Use a bolt cutter made of hardened steel.
  • Don’t cut the hardened steel shackles of the padlock to avoid damaging your bolt cutter’s jaws.
  • Instead, cut the brass body of the padlock since it’s more brittle than hardened steel.
  • For a steadier cut, balance the padlock on its shackles to let the brass body face you.
  • Position the padlock’s brass part between the jaws of the bolt cutter.
  • Put a lot of force on the bolt cutter’s handles to successfully cut brass.
  • Once the padlock’s body is severely cracked, simply remove the shackle from the loop.

In Conclusion

And, those are the tips on how to cut a padlock with bolt cutters. Surprisingly easy, right? You just need to focus on the brass part of the padlock.

Here’s a little secret: you can actually cut the padlock’s shackles directly. However, you can only use bolt cutters for hardened steel.

For more DIY knowledge, learn how to cut metal with a hacksaw. Speaking of hacksaws, are they really designed for cutting steel?