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Brake Housing, cutting

Can I use regular wire cutters to cut brake housing. I know there are special tools. If it pinches I can use needle nose to open it again??? Just asking if this would work???
 

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Muaythaibike said:
Can I use regular wire cutters to cut brake housing. I know there are special tools. If it pinches I can use needle nose to open it again??? Just asking if this would work???
Not very well,but it can be done. You'll need a pointy tool of some kind to re-open the crushed liner, and maybe a file to clean up the raggedy end of the cut coil.

Do you know anybody with a Dremel tool or similar? The little cutoff wheels make it very neat.
 

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Muaythaibike said:
Can I use regular wire cutters to cut brake housing. I know there are special tools. If it pinches I can use needle nose to open it again??? Just asking if this would work???
Only when they're very sharp. With cable cutters or diagonal cutters, you still need to clean up the cut a little, but when the dikes get dull, they crush more than the cable cutters when they're dull.
 

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get some cable cutters. well worth it. you will avoid a lot of frustration.
 

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Muaythaibike said:
Can I use regular wire cutters to cut brake housing. I know there are special tools. If it pinches I can use needle nose to open it again??? Just asking if this would work???
Wire cutters work. I used 'em for years when I was a poor student. A finish nail works well to open the end. Sharp cutters help a lot. A file works to smooth the metal housing but I use a grinding wheel.
 

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It can also help to put a bit of the cable in the housing when you are cutting, just enought to create the void when its pulled out.
 

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Ok, I completly understand the pros and cons and what to do with wire cutters... How about a fine tooth hacksaw?? I am thinking putting the housing in vice. Start cutting one side then rotate the housing a little cut, etc until it's completely cut. This way I think I can prevent the pinching issues. Ideas??
 

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It'll end up extremely ragged. You'll still need to do a lot of finish work that could be avoided by using the proper tool... just my $.02
 

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Muaythaibike said:
Ok, I completly understand the pros and cons and what to do with wire cutters... How about a fine tooth hacksaw?? I am thinking putting the housing in vice. Start cutting one side then rotate the housing a little cut, etc until it's completely cut. This way I think I can prevent the pinching issues. Ideas??
you're joking right? you've had an account here since 2007.
 

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Muaythaibike said:
Ok, I completly understand the pros and cons and what to do with wire cutters... How about a fine tooth hacksaw?? I am thinking putting the housing in vice. Start cutting one side then rotate the housing a little cut, etc until it's completely cut. This way I think I can prevent the pinching issues. Ideas??

Dude, you can buy some Park cable cutters for around $30.00 and they will last forever.
Cutting with a hacksaw will leave your cables ragged and rough. Use the right tools.
 

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Cutoff tool? Not offhand.. I also have a hacksaw, would this be better. Pointy tool.. I have a nail punch!!!
You just brought back a memory from my youth (1960s). I don't know if I figured this out for myself or if maybe I saw my grandpa do it (my dad fixed very little, my grandpa was an old school mechanic).

I'd use a blunt tipped punch, hammer and appropriately sized nut. I'd lay the chain over the nut, punch the pin out and break the chain. I'm sure I punched the pin clear through many times and struggled to get it back in afterwards, but eventually learned to finesse it just like a chain tool. I don't think I knew there was anything like a chain tool before the early-mid 70s, and I distinctively recall thinking "this is f'ing brilliant!"
 

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get a cheapo 4" angle grinder from Harbor Freight ($20)and some cutting discs.....then you can cut drive chain, regular chain, cable housing, etc easily
 

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i bought a pair of Nashbar cable cutters around 15 years ago. They worked great then. They work great now. I have no idea what I paid for them, but they were really inexpensive.
 
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