Join Date: Feb 2004
Location: St Peters, Missouri
Bikes: Rans Rockst (Retro rocket) Rans Enduro Sport (Retro racket) Catrike 559, Merin Bear Valley (beater bike).
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I agree with all of the above posts. There really isn't any substitute for the right tool to do any job.
But there's always this: Before I required as many tools as I have today, I had to make do with what I had. Everybody else pretty much finds themselves in that position from time to time too. If you decide that it's going to be necessary to cut cable housing with ordinary diagonal cutters, stick a piece of old shifter or brake cable into it first. That'll minimize (but not eliminate) the crushing effect. If you don't have a bench grinder, use a file to clean up the cut. It'll take a little longer, but then you probably don't charge yourself labor.