If you’ve ever been locked out of something, you know the frustration that can come with it.

But there is a solution! With the right tools and knowledge, it’s possible to cut a lock with bolt cutters in a safe way. Let’s take a look at how it works.

Choosing the Right Tools for the Job

The first step in cutting a lock with bolt cutters is to make sure that you have the right tool for the job. Different locks require different kinds of bolt cutters, so be sure to do your research beforehand to determine which pair of cutter will work best for your particular situation.

Generally speaking, larger locks require larger bolt cutters while smaller ones need smaller ones; however, it’s always best to double check just in case.

Positioning Your Cutters Properly

Once you’ve selected the right pair of bolt cutters, the next step is to position them properly on the lock. You want your cutters to be centered on the shackle (the part of the lock that holds all its pieces together).

This ensures that your cuts are as efficient and effective as possible. Also be sure that both handles are firmly held together when making your cuts—this will ensure maximum power and accuracy.

Cutting With Precision

When cutting, you want to make sure that you apply steady pressure throughout and use slow, even strokes until you feel resistance from the metal being cut through. Cutting too quickly or applying too much pressure can cause damage or breakage—so go slow and steady! Once resistance is felt, keep increasing pressure until finally your efforts are rewarded and the shackle falls away from the lock mechanism.


Cutting a lock with bolt cutters requires patience and precision if done safely and effectively. By doing your research beforehand and using steady pressure during your cuts, you can successfully unlock most locks without damaging them or yourself in any way!

With these tips in mind, why not try unlocking something today? You never know what secrets may be hiding behind those doors! Now get out there and see what kind of discoveries await! Good luck!

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