RoadBikeReview.com's Forum Archives - General


Archive Home >> General(1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 )


Park cable cutters or the wire cutter I already have?(13 posts)

Park cable cutters or the wire cutter I already have?Alex-in-Evanston
Mar 25, 2002 9:08 AM
Am I going to mangle my nice new Avid cables if I snip them with my electirician's wire cutters?

Thanks,

Alex
Get yourself the Park cutterscyclinseth
Mar 25, 2002 9:12 AM
The wire cutter will fray the end of the cable. The Park cutter will shear them off smoothly.
And if you're getting the Park..Slacker Joe
Mar 25, 2002 9:30 AM
Spring for the CN-10 over the CN-4, at least based on reviews on the CN-4 over at mtbr. I've used the CN-10 several times, and wire cuts have been clean, while housing cuts (the weakness of the CN-4) have been okay, usually needed some reshaping, but this may be more my lack of skill. If you have a demel tool, that may be preferable for the housing anyways.
Agreeboneman
Mar 25, 2002 11:05 AM
I've used a VAR cable cutter for years and it works fine. I bought a CN-10 expressly for cutting cable housing. It works quite well for all types. Even the flat coil type housing can be cut quite cleanly. Definitely worth the money. After all, I've had the VAR for 25+ years.
Agreeboneman
Mar 25, 2002 11:05 AM
I've used a VAR cable cutter for years and it works fine. I bought a CN-10 expressly for cutting cable housing. It works quite well for all types. Even the flat coil type housing can be cut quite cleanly. Definitely worth the money. After all, I've had the VAR for 25+ years.
GET THE PARK!!!!!davet
Mar 25, 2002 9:30 AM
A regular diagonal wire cutter will smash the wire as is cuts. They are designed to be used with solid wires, like the wiring in your house. A cutter like the Park shears it cleanly.
Cheaper. .MisJG
Mar 25, 2002 10:32 AM
I have a Nashbar cable cutter that works well. Cheaper than Park, but if all the tools in your case are blue, that may be important to you. DON'T use straight bladed cutters (ie electrician wire cutters) for the reasons mentioned in the other replys.
PEDROS CUTTERS ARE GREAT!!!!BDBike
Mar 25, 2002 10:48 AM
re: Park cable cutters or the wire cutter I already have?grzy
Mar 25, 2002 11:05 AM
Yes, get some good cable and housing cutters - anything else will mash the cable and housing making it unusable.

The Park CN-4 is crap - it doesn't cut very well and purchasing it was a big dissapointment. I don't know about the CN-10, but I would hope that it MUST be better. My 25 year old Suntour el cheapo cutters do a better job.
re: Well, chute...guido
Mar 25, 2002 12:50 PM
Al's ya gotta do is firmly hold the cable exactly where you want to cut it with a pair of needle nosed pliers, and cut the cable with the cutter pressed against the flat on the needle-nosed pliers. The pliers will keep the strands from moving or unraveling, and make as clean a cut as the best cable cutters.

I'd go out and buy a good pair of needle nosed pliers and a good pair of wire cutters, and forget about those funky cable cutters that work like scissors. They all dull eventually, and you can't sharpen them easily. Standard wire cutters last alot longer.
Shimano cutterstmguy
Mar 25, 2002 5:56 PM
If you can find them, they are the best! I have some I bought 10 years ago and they still cut cables and housing cleanly. (And I am a big Campy fan!)
ahhhhhh I love my park cable & housing cutters!!!JS Haiku Shop
Mar 25, 2002 7:22 PM
the cable cutters and chain tool are the crown jewels of my pegboard.
used 'em all and...gtx
Mar 25, 2002 9:32 PM
Felcos are the best. Not cheap, though.