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    cable housing cutting

    All,

    do I need a special wrench to cut my brake and shifter housing to length? Or is there a way to avoid buying a wrench and use something at home?

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    It 's not a wrench. It is a cutter. End cut wire cutters work well as do the special tools made by Park, etc. Regular side cut cutters, not so much.
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    Dremel with a cutoff disk works great. Or you can just hack it off with side cutters and then clean it up with a grinder. Keep dipping it in water as you cut/grind so you don't melt the plastic inner sleeve. Use the end of a nail to open up the inner sleeve while it is still warm.

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    The Dremel worked like a charm, thanks.
    Quote Originally Posted by Slash5 View Post
    Dremel with a cutoff disk works great. Or you can just hack it off with side cutters and then clean it up with a grinder. Keep dipping it in water as you cut/grind so you don't melt the plastic inner sleeve. Use the end of a nail to open up the inner sleeve while it is still warm.
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    I broke down and bought the Park cable tool, and it works great in spite of some negative reviews. It just seems easier than pulling out a power tool, even a small one.

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    special cutters are required for Derailleur housing for indexed shifter schemes ..

    so the jaws meet in a U or V .. so the cutting is not also crushing the stuff flat.

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    This is one of those areas where the correct tool makes a big difference in the end result. It's not that expensive and you don't have to buy the park one if you want to save a couple bucks.

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    forget the dremel and get some felco c7 or knipex wire rope cutters

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    +1 for FELCO cutters; they are expensive but will outlast you. My 40-year old pair is as good as new and the wires look laser-cut.

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    The frame is out for powder coating now. When I get to the point of needing cuts, I think I'll take to my lbs and let him do it. He does little stuff for free and I just tip him. But thanks for the tips.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Badgerjohn View Post
    The frame is out for powder coating now. When I get to the point of needing cuts, I think I'll take to my lbs and let him do it. He does little stuff for free and I just tip him. But thanks for the tips.
    Good luck either way, but I can't imagine getting in my car, DRIVING to the LBS, then asking them to cut a brake or shifting cable or housing for me. I use my Park cable cutter as much as I use any other tool in the garage. It's fun and easy; just be sure of your cut location and squeeze the cutter with a firm, fast movement. Perfect every time. Use a nail in the opening just to confirm it's clear and round. It's really that simple and I know you can do it. :-)

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    I use the Park tool and then if necessary round out the inside of the housing end with an old ice pick. A few trips to the LBS will pay for the tool.

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    [alright fine, I'll get the darn tool. But keep in mind they didn't even have cone wrenches in stock today. really? No cone wrenches? Lame! I have a basement full of tools, so whats one more? QUOTE=Duane Behrens;16539451]Good luck either way, but I can't imagine getting in my car, DRIVING to the LBS, then asking them to cut a brake or shifting cable or housing for me. I use my Park cable cutter as much as I use any other tool in the garage. It's fun and easy; just be sure of your cut location and squeeze the cutter with a firm, fast movement. Perfect every time. Use a nail in the opening just to confirm it's clear and round. It's really that simple and I know you can do it. :-)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Badgerjohn View Post
    [alright fine, I'll get the darn tool. But keep in mind they didn't even have cone wrenches in stock today. really? No cone wrenches? Lame! I have a basement full of tools, so whats one more?
    I fight a never-ending battle, organizing my peg board so that the most-often-used tools are closest to hand. The occasional tools are kept in the toolboxes under and beside the bench.

    Notice where the cable cutter is. :-) You're gonna like it . . . it also works great to crimp your end caps. DB

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    Quote Originally Posted by TrojanHorse View Post
    This is one of those areas where the correct tool makes a big difference in the end result. It's not that expensive and you don't have to buy the park one if you want to save a couple bucks.
    I was with you until you said "You don't have to buy the Park one if you want to save a couple bucks." I've used cable cutters that would consistently leave 1 strand uncut. PITA! You can pay for a good one once or you can curse a cheap one for years.
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    One of the best tools I ever invested in. I used to use regular pliers to cut it, but one day my buddy said I'm the monster and that nobody else is able to do it that way...it was funny and embarrassing at the same time. Went to the Performance Bicycle store and bought this http://media.performancebike.com/ima...63-NCL-TOP.jpg

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    A good way to cut cable housing without flattening is to do so with a length of discarded cable inserted.

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    Quote Originally Posted by onbike 1939 View Post
    A good way to cut cable housing without flattening is to do so with a length of discarded cable inserted.
    Have cut a lot of cable and housings but never like that. Will try that next time. Thanks.
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    I've tried with an old piece of cable and it only improved it a little, but I don't find my cuts need more than a quick turn with the point of a nail to open it up.

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