Reduced hand force for easier cutting. Patented two-step ratchet mechanism requires fewer strokes per cut. Cuts up to 600 MCM Copper and 750 MCM Aluminum. Quick release lever opens blades easily in every cutting position, to allow removal of the cable before completion of cut. Hardened steel cutting blades for lasting strength and sharpness. Locking lever keeps handles closed for easy transport; fits in a tool box or bag. Front-loading jaws for tight applications.