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    cable housing cutting

    Good evening fellow riders. I just finished installing new cable housing on my Specialized crosstrail and an older Hardrock. Anyway, I'm sure there are folks out there like me that are after an affordable pair of cutters. I know we can't always afford the good stuff. Earlier today I bought a pair of Kobalt cable cutting pliers at Lowes for $15. Those things cut super awesome! I highly recommend them as an affordable alternative to the 30 to 40 dollar cutters I've seen. However you cut your cable housing, I would put these cutters close to the top of the list.

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    most bike branded cable cutters are probably just rebranded units anyways...

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    I use aluminum shears. On cheap old housing it used to "split" the outer plastic part, but I haven't ran into that problem in a few years. The aluminum shears are more versatile and I use them for all sorts of other things. I'll probably pick up some cable cutters at some point in the future, for a more even cut at least, but the shears have never let me down and I've had them for years.
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    I've always used a Dremel with a cutting disk.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wishful Tomcat View Post
    I've always used a Dremel with a cutting disk.
    Probably the cleanest, crushproof way to do it. I'm still using my 15 year old Park

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    I run used cable thru new housing before cutting it. Keeps it from pinching. But I like the bike specific cutters. Everything else ends up getting dull and not doing the job.
    All bike, all the time

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    http://www.amazon.com/gp/offer-listi...&condition=all
    Pedro are good at a good price.
    Once you have these for cables you can use them with the old cable trick for housing.
    Superglue a new cable where you want to make a cut to stop fraying.

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    If I were cutting cable a lot, I'd probably have a cable cutter, but as infrequently as I need to cut cable a Dremel works fine for me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BikeIntelligencer View Post
    I run used cable thru new housing before cutting it. Keeps it from pinching. But I like the bike specific cutters. Everything else ends up getting dull and not doing the job.
    Great idea! Thanks!

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    I have a $6 pair from Harbor Freight that work great. Ironically, Shimano T.E.C. says to use a razor blade.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HitmenOnlyInc View Post
    Ironically, Shimano T.E.C. says to use a razor blade.
    you're talking about cutting hydraulic brake hoses, right? I think Shimano would know better than to get a braided steel cable or steel housing with a razor blade.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mack_turtle View Post
    you're talking about cutting hydraulic brake hoses, right? I think Shimano would know better than to get a braided steel cable or steel housing with a razor blade.
    Yeah, brake hoses. My bad!

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    The best non-purpose built cutters I have are a simple pair of Channel Lock brand diagonal cutters. They make a nice cut in both cables and housings.

    The big secret is to grind the housings square and flat after you cut it. If you use a Dremel carefully you can cut and square it in one step.

    The few Jag wires I've run across needed the Dremel since the reinforcing runs parallel to the housing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by eb1888 View Post
    http://www.amazon.com/gp/offer-listi...&condition=all
    Pedro are good at a good price.
    Once you have these for cables you can use them with the old cable trick for housing.
    Superglue a new cable where you want to make a cut to stop fraying.
    These have been working great for me for a few years already.
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