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Cable cutter madness(13 posts)

Cable cutter madnessOldEdScott
Feb 10, 2003 12:02 PM
I'm about to do some damage, and not just to cable housing! Since I lost my old Suntour cable cutters, I've yet to find any 'modern' ones that don't just make a crushed-up mess of housing. Someone please recommend a brand that actually works!
park c/h cutters from 2000 work fine for me. nmJS Haiku Shop
Feb 10, 2003 12:22 PM
depends on the brand of housinglaffeaux
Feb 10, 2003 2:35 PM
I puchased the Park cable cutter tool recently. They do a great job cutting Avid housing (which I use on my MTB). However, they did a horrible job on Shimano housing. When I cut Shimano housing, I start about 3/4" longer than I think I'll need. On 4 out of 5 cuts, the housing is smashed beyond use. I twist the housing and cut it slightly further back, and keep doign this until I get a clean cut. I've not tried other brands of housing.
depends on the brand of housingJS Haiku Shop
Feb 11, 2003 6:14 AM
no problems here with shimano, dia compe, or the generic stuff from performance or nashbar. could be different year models from park.
We don need no steeenking cable cutters...asphalt assault
Feb 10, 2003 12:37 PM
...Use a Dremel tool with a cutoff wheel. Clean up the inside diameter with a scriber or similar awl type tool.

A Dremel has a million other uses around the house too.
Dremel Moto or similar tool with cutoff wheel...Akirasho
Feb 10, 2003 12:37 PM
... you can use a Moto tool to cut housings and cables (it's a bit easier to cut housings with a scrap piece of cable inside)... other than that, I also use a Park cutter with relatively good results.

Be the bike.
re: Cable cutter madnessSteve98501
Feb 10, 2003 12:54 PM
I'm a "happy-hands-at-home" bike maintenance guy who needs to cut cable infrequently, so I opted for the less-expensive Performance brand cable cutter. And I stick a piece of cable in housing before cutting it. That seems to do the trick.
3rd the Dremel w/cutoff wheellonefrontranger
Feb 10, 2003 12:56 PM
It's what we used in the shop I worked at, too. Modern cable cutters are just crap IMO. 3 sets of housing and they're too dull or knackered (rivet works loose) to use anymore. Get the good Dremel with the infinitely variable speed. The only trick is not to use too high a speed with the cutoff wheel, it may break or you can melt the housing.

Dremel has a billion uses around the house AND for the bike, including buffing out any number of minor boo-boos on alloy or carbon surfaces. I cleaned up a substantial scratch on the Morgul's WoundUp fork by using clear nail polish to cover the scrape, then buffing /feathering it very carefully at low speed with the soft cotton buffer. Fortunately the scrape didn't penetrate the carbon weave, but it was pretty ugly. Now you can't even tell there was a ding there. This works well on Record levers, too. Dremel tool also helped re-polish a set of my Record cranks after the finish was wrecked by a corrosive oily substance they spray on the dirt roads around here.
Park, schmarkSpoiler
Feb 10, 2003 2:55 PM

I've used a pair of these for four years, and you can't tell them from brand new. A shop I worked at had five work stations and all five had these cutters. None of them showed any wear either in the cutters or the hinges.
Thanks, I was considering the Pedro's cutters, but these look better. -nmTig
Feb 10, 2003 3:28 PM
just saw your post...gtx
Feb 10, 2003 3:54 PM
yup, Felco is the choice of the pros...what I used when working in shops. Used to cut spokes out of wheels with 'em, too.
Felco makes the best, but...gtx
Feb 10, 2003 3:52 PM
a) they are expensive, and b) they are for cables and SIS housing only. To cut brake cable housing without crushing it you just need some good diagonal cutters like those made by Craftsman. Take off the rough edges on a grinder.
2nd the craftsmans...julio
Feb 10, 2003 4:20 PM
I've got a set of Craftsman Pro cutters and they've worked fine thru 2 bike builds and plenty of maintenance. The regular Craftsmans work but the pros are stronger,have a more comfortable grip, and they're spring loaded. I cut brake and shifter cable w/ no problems. They're plenty sharp and don't crimp the housing at all. Plus you can use them for other things and when they wear out or you break them doing something stupid you just bring them back and exchange them for a brand new pair.