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Old 01-14-10, 12:14 AM   #1
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Absolute Best Quality Cable Cutters

Hey guys, so to go along with the thread a few threads down called "best quality tools" I'd like to inquire on a specific tool.

So, who do you think makes the absolute best cable/housing cutter out there and why?
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Old 01-14-10, 12:18 AM   #2
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Shimano - try to find an old pair NOS with the blue & gray handles. But the new model still blows doors on the other brands commonly available.

Felco.
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I use Hozan. Quite expensive but appear to be very well built. They continue to work flawlessly.
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The Felco C7 is the best one I've tried. For $64 wholesale, it better be good
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why why why why why. what makes a 60 dollar cable cutter any better than a 25 dollar one? can an expensive one cut cable and housing cleaner without squishing the lining at all?''

ok so I am not the OP but my cheap cable cutter that I have had for maybe a year now and i had no real complaints about seems to be squishing my cheap index shifting housing's liner together so well that it is pretty much impossible to get open and I sometimes have to snip a couple more mm's off the cable housing and try again, maybe even again after that. this was never an issue before. Is this happening because it is a cheap tool and has gone dull prematurely?
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why why why why why. what makes a 60 dollar cable cutter any better than a 25 dollar one? can an expensive one cut cable and housing cleaner without squishing the lining at all?''

ok so I am not the OP but my cheap cable cutter that I have had for maybe a year now and i had no real complaints about seems to be squishing my cheap index shifting housing's liner together so well that it is pretty much impossible to get open and I sometimes have to snip a couple more mm's off the cable housing and try again, maybe even again after that. this was never an issue before. Is this happening because it is a cheap tool and has gone dull prematurely?
Kid - Cheap cutters don't last and die fast. Try some good ones. And watch those split-ends. Seriously!

How often do you use them? 3X a year?
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I have a Park CN-4 that I've had for many years and it still does a good job on shift housing and all inner cables. Now, I work on maybe six bikes a year so it's not had daily use by any means but it's been more than satisfactory as a home shop tool.

I find that any bike specific cable cutter isn't the best tool for cutting spiral wound brake housing. A good pair of side-cutter pliers does a far better job of getting it's cutting edges between the coils and making a clean cut. A few strokes with a file smooths off any spurs and it's good to go.
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+1 Shimano blue/grey handles

Otherwise research Snap On and Knipex.
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Pennywise & pound-foolish; another vote against cheapies, and for the old blue/grey.
I had some crappy automotive/motorcycle cutters that worked great the first 3 or 4 times, then either the blades dull or the rivet got soft--frayed cable ends and problems followed.
But my blue/grey have cut dozens of cables & housings over the years (including some thicker, motorcycle clutch cables) and are still perfect.
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I've used Pedro's cable cutter for a while and I'm very happy. It still cuts like new and it was in the $20 range.
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It sounds like you guys hold the Shimano TL-CT10 in pretty high regard. I'll lurk around eBay and hopefully get one for under $50.
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I use the blue/silver shimano. They're still not as good as a Dremel for housing, though.

So if you're in the market, get a Dremel, they have thousands of other uses also.
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Here's one for you:



I use a set of locking pliers/Vise Grips for all my cable cutting needs. Just set the jaws completely closed and at medium clamping tension so they 'pop' when you latch it down. Sometimes for housings it will bend the tip a little. All you have to do correct this is take an awl and insert it into the innermost part of the end of the housing, twisting the handle back and forth as you push it in. That will restore/ensure roundness. If you do get burrs (rare), then you can use a file, as someone else mentioned, or run it across a grinding wheel for a few ticks at a thirty or so degree angle.
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my cheap cable cutter seems to be squishing my cheap index shifting housing's liner together so well that it is pretty much impossible to get open and I sometimes have to snip a couple more mm's off the cable housing and try again, maybe even again after that. this was never an issue before. Is this happening because it is a cheap tool and has gone dull prematurely?
Try cutting housing with a scrap length of cable running through where you are cutting. Then push the scrap cable bit out with the actual cable you're gonna use.
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Dremel tool with a cut off wheel. Cheaper than the more expensive pliers, and so, so many more uses.
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I got mine at Home Depot and paid about $70.00 I can provide the brand and model later. they are great for cables and housings.
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I have some older Park's that work just fine. Don't know about the newer ones.
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I use the blue/silver shimano. They're still not as good as a Dremel for housing, though.
For housing, I just use dikes, then grind the end flat on the bench grinder. Why bugger up my expensive cable cutters on housing?
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great cable cutters are like a perfect pitch in baseball - just a thing of beauty. the right tool for the right job
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For housing, I use a rotary cutoff tool when I'm in the shop. NO distortion of the housing, though it can melt the lining a little. (So I quickly flare it with a nail.)

Best cutter I've used is the Shimano.


Why? Who knows? All I know is the results are better.
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Dremel tool with a cut off wheel. Cheaper than the more expensive pliers, and so, so many more uses.
This. Both housing and cable.
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seems to be squishing my cheap index shifting housing's liner together so well that it is pretty much impossible to get open and I sometimes have to snip a couple more mm's off the cable housing and try again, maybe even again after that. this was never an issue before. Is this happening because it is a cheap tool and has gone dull prematurely?
Try tightening the pivot screw; tight enough so that it seems that the cutters feel like they are starting to bind. I read that tip here on BF, tried it and "viola" my Park cutters work well now.
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The Felco C7 is the best one I've tried. For $64 wholesale, it better be good
+1 (although I paid less than that)
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Try tightening the pivot screw; tight enough so that it seems that the cutters feel like they are starting to bind. I read that tip here on BF, tried it and "viola" my Park cutters work well now.
+1 on this. There is a pair of park cutters at my local co-op, and they are so over used and worn out, I need to do this before every use.
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Dremel tooth with the fibre reinforced cutoff wheel.
Awesome tool, many uses, lasts forever.

Well,not the wheel, but the Dremel.
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