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  1. #1
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    Apr 2006

    Shortening Spokes

    I've been using a Hozan Spoke Cutter to shorten some spokes for a wheel build I'm doing.
    I can roll the threads using a longer spoke as a blank but cutting a clean end is giving me a problem.
    One video used an old Park cable cutter but I don't want to dull mine.
    Anyone using a good method they can share short of buying the $60 Hozan nipper?
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  2. #2
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    Aug 2005
    Bench grinder? Every sharpen 1/8" drill bits freehand on your bench grinder? Do that successfully first, then shortening spokes will be very easy.
    Last edited by zipzit; 11-21-2012 at 08:27 AM.

  3. #3
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    Apr 2007
    Just keep the spoke end your grinding pointed down...

    ...if your using a bench grinder, angling it up will turn it into a mini flying spear... OUCH

  4. #4
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    Apr 2012
    You can use a cut-off wheel and a dremel, a fine tooth file (after using dykes to cut it approximately to length), or even a course whetstone.

    Lots of options, hopefully something that you have on hand.

  5. #5
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    Nov 2009
    No need for anything electric. use a pair of cheap side cutters, then give it a quick file with a standard metal file. Ive done quite a few that way. You just need to knock down the rough edge, a few seconds with a file is enough.

    I sold my hozan because rethreading 64 spokes is just a nightmare. Danscomp gets you exact lengths for dirt cheap.

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