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    What are you using to cut hydo tubing?

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    Razor blade

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    Quote Originally Posted by 8MC
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    +1...o a "blade cutter"

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    Razor blade (wallpaper trimming type, not shaving type) with a strip of metal cut from a tin can and folded over one blade edge for safety.

    Cut using a sawing motion on top of a small wooden block.

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    Hmm... I was just thinking of shortening the braided hoses on my Hopes with pedros cable cutters. Bad idea?

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    "I was just thinking of shortening the braided hoses on my Hopes with pedros cable cutters. Bad idea?"

    Try this link.

    For standard hose, a single, decisive cut with a short, very sharp, craft-type blade is best. Place the hose on a firm surface, wood is good, then line up the blade so that it is perpendicular to the hose and press hard. Don't use a sawing action as it greatly increases the likelihood of an uneven face on the end of the hose, preventing it from mating properly with the hose fittings.
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    not sure about braided lines but i used a cable cutter to cut my shimano hydro cables and they seem to work ok.

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    Bolt cutters go straight through braided hose if you cut with a nice fast action ( snap the handles together as fast as you can).

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    Quote Originally Posted by dropadrop
    Hmm... I was just thinking of shortening the braided hoses on my Hopes with pedros cable cutters. Bad idea?
    Yes that will work as long as the cutters are clean and sharp not all gacked up from cutting coat hangers. You may need a small pointed tool to make the inner tube round again since it tends to get flattened slightly just like cable housing.

    Funny the link SteveUK supplied even says this is what Hope recommends.

    "Hope’s own braided hose can be cut with the same cutters you’d use to cut regular brake or gear cable (1). I can’t stress enough the importance of using good quality cutters for this job as anything else is likely to just make a crushed mess of the braids, making assembly unnecessarily difficult, if not impossible. The hose, like normal cables, should be cut with a single, quick movement."
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    "Funny the link SteveUK supplied even says this is what Hope recommends."

    Entirely true. I overlooked the "pedros" and misunderstood what kind of cutters dropadrop meant. I beg your pardon, dropadrop. Seeing as the article that I linked was written by myself, I would hope (no pun intended) that my advice is clarified.
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    Perfect cut

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    Razor for me as well...cable cutters=no good

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    i ended up using the Kitchen knife on mine once.

    Damn razor blade was blunt so got the kitchen knife and made a PERFECT cut in about 5 seconds.

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    razor

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    I use this guy.
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    I use park cable cutters for shimano hose, though mine are relatively new.

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    I usually use a fresh razor blade against a wood surface.
    Recently I picked up a set a hydro cutters from pricepoint at a sweet price, so now I use those.

    http://www.pricepoint.com/detail/157...ose-Cutter.htm

    $19 right now. Something like 67% off.
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    Quote Originally Posted by savagemann
    I usually use a fresh razor blade against a wood surface.
    Hose not Coke.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dogonfr
    Hose not Coke.
    That would be credit card (ideally platinum and above) on a mirror.

    The wood grain wastes too much.

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    Felco cable cutters work well for me- haven't had any issues with hydro lines or brake/shifter housings either. For a truly perpendicular cut, I suppose careful razor blade or hobby knife would be the best, some use a Dremel. Too lazy to go to that much trouble.
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    Quote Originally Posted by savagemann
    I usually use a fresh razor blade against a wood surface.
    Recently I picked up a set a hydro cutters from pricepoint at a sweet price, so now I use those.

    http://www.pricepoint.com/detail/157...ose-Cutter.htm

    $19 right now. Something like 67% off.
    i`m not crazy about those, have a pair....but their nothing special

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    Quote Originally Posted by Joshua Pattersnap
    I use this guy.
    I picked one of these up at Harbor Freight last month for $3. Worked great.

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    I'm using the Magura hose cutter. Must warn that DOT 4 or DOT 5 fluid is very agressive on these things. I already wasted two of them because some DOT 4 was spilled on it. When I picked up the cutter about 50 minutes later, the cutter was cracked and part of it just fell off.


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    Quote Originally Posted by SteveUK
    "Funny the link SteveUK supplied even says this is what Hope recommends."

    Entirely true. I overlooked the "pedros" and misunderstood what kind of cutters dropadrop meant. I beg your pardon, dropadrop. Seeing as the article that I linked was written by myself, I would hope (no pun intended) that my advice is clarified.
    No problems

    Did not read the thread till now, I was planning on going and buying a quality cigar cutter.

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    what about what the electricians use to strip the outer of casing? could that be of any use for stainless steel housing just to cut the transparent outer casing?

    just a thought

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