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Do I need specialized cable cutters?(7 posts)

Do I need specialized cable cutters?bill
Jun 25, 2001 12:45 PM
What's special about cycle-specific cable cutters? Can I use the electrician's cutters I already own (which can cut, strip, and crimp)?
re: Do I need specialized cable cutters?David Derkacs
Jun 25, 2001 1:16 PM
You can use the tool you have. It will work fine. A specialized cable/housing cutter just does the job a little cleaner I have found. Good luck.
re: Do I need specialized cable cutters?QUADzilla
Jun 25, 2001 2:34 PM
You'll do fine with the electrician's cutters. Here's a little tip though : wrap electrical or duct tape around the cable where you want to cut it. Prevents the cable from fraying.
MaybeKerry Irons
Jun 25, 2001 6:33 PM
I don't know what kind of "electrician's cutters" you have now or what kind of cable cutters you are considering, but my experience has been that specific cable cutters give a much better, cleaner, smoother cut than any other "wire cutters" I've used. I can't comment on your current cutters, but since I got cable cutters, I've never used anything else on bike cables, because every thing I tried before always left a rough edge, flattened cable, and was hard to use.
I always thought it had to do with the shape of the cutters...biknben
Jun 25, 2001 7:23 PM
Correct me if I'm wrong but I always thought that a bike specific cutter had curved cutting blades (). This allows it to cut around the circumference of the cable. A generic cutter with flat blades || will flatten the cable as it cuts.

My Park cable cutter has a specific bend to hold and crimp an end cap on the cable. No big deal but it's nice to have.

I'm sure any device will do. The electrical tape idea worth a try. When I remember, I add a drop of crazy glue to the end after I cut it to keep it from fraying.
re: Do I need specialized cable cutters?steveF
Jun 26, 2001 9:25 PM
Ditto with the electrician's cutters--they work quite well.
No, a Dremel's BetterJerry Gardner
Jun 27, 2001 6:26 PM
I use a Dremel with a cut-off wheel to cut cables and housing. It cuts like a hot knife through butter and it doesn't crimp the ends of housing.