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Old 06-28-06, 02:57 AM
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Getting clean cuts

I've had the LBS cut me some brake cable a few times now and every time the metal inside hasn't been cut particularly cleanly(squashed, pushed inwards etc). I think they use the proper tool for it, so what's the problem?

Is there anyway to avoid mangling the insides of cabling, would something like a dremel be better than a dedicated cable cutting tool?
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Old 06-28-06, 04:07 AM
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I always use a bench grinder to dress up cable housing ends.
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Old 06-28-06, 05:36 AM
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A Dremel does a very clean job of cuting cable outers.
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I use a Dremel to trim up cable housing.
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You talking housing or cables? The dremel works awesome for housings. Best option to cut cables is a pair of linesman pliers, use the wire cutter built into the side of the jaws.
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Old 06-28-06, 06:19 AM
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I use side-cutter pliers to cut brake cable housing (spiral wound) and clean up the cut with a flat file to get the ends smooth and flat. Work the edge of the cutter between two coils to limit crushing.

Shift cable housing (parallel wire reinforcements) and inner wires are always cut using a Park cable cutter. I dress up the housing ends with a flat file for these too.
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Old 06-28-06, 06:59 AM
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Brake cable is easy. Since it's a spiral wound metal jacket, I simply cut it with a pair a diagonal cutters then touch it up to the wheel of a bench grinder to make the end flush. Then use a small nail or awl to open up the inner lining and it's ready to go.

For derailler housing, use a cable cutter made for the job to minimize deforming the end and finish up with the grinder and awl.
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Old 06-28-06, 08:11 AM
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I use the Park cable/housing cutter and then round out the housing with an ice pick.

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+3 - I have the Park cutters, always gave rough spot at the cut, never happens using a cut off wheel. ALWAYS USE EYE PROTECTION when using a Dremel cut off wheel, though. The slightest twisting motion tends to break them and they go far and fast at the rpm they're spinning.

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I use a Dremel to trim up cable housing.
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