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    Cable Housing Cutters @ Lowe's

    Did not like the way the Park cutters squished the housing, so I tried something else. Kobalt brand cable cutters from Lowe's priced @ $16.98 made a perfect cut with only a little grinding to square up the end. They didn't mash the inner liner or leave the frayed housing protruding. The item # is 107385 -9.5" cable cutting pliers. Side note use on brake housing's only, shifter housing's are too tough.
    Last edited by crj; 10-08-2010 at 01:11 PM.
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    crap, i just got a park tool for $30.

    Everything else I have from Park has been flawless and worth the money
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    I have the Park tool and it works fine. It squeezes the end, but there is a notch below the cutting blade to straighten it out.

    Grinding the end sounds like a lot more work to me.

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    Shimanos are the best.

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    Dremel tool with a cutting wheel for me. 1001 other uses too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Blue CheeseHead
    Dremel tool with a cutting wheel for me. 1001 other uses too.

    +1 that's what I use.....if I'm too lazy to get the Dremel out, I stick an old piece of cable in the housing and cut it off with my old cutters....it works fine...
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    Std Linemans plyers

    You know, I cut my housings with a standard pair of linemans plyers and never had a problem. No crushing or oblonging or anything. I have a pointed awl that I poke in the end afterwards. Dykes don't have enough power for me.

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    Based on a lot of threads on this subject in different bike forums, the clear cut favorite is Felco.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dave Hickey
    I stick an old piece of cable in the housing and cut it off with my old cutters....it works fine...
    This +1. It is a bit harder to cut but afterwards, it is ready to go, just feed the cable through.

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    I bought some Nashbar cable cutters more than 20 years ago. They only cost a few $$ then & they work fine.
    Before you criticize someone walk a mile in their shoes. That way when you criticize them you'll be a mile away & you'll have their shoes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by EBrider
    I have the Park tool and it works fine. It squeezes the end, but there is a notch below the cutting blade to straighten it out.

    Grinding the end sounds like a lot more work to me.
    I put all brake cable housing on the grinder to make sure the end is flat and that the cable will move freely.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kbiker3111
    Shimanos are the best.
    Nope - that would be Felco.
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    Quote Originally Posted by supercorsa
    Nope - that would be Felco.
    Which one? They have many cable cutters.

    http://www.felcostore.com/wirecablecutters
    Embrace the fact that everyone on these forums has their own unique desires, needs, experiences and environment so what works for you may not work for others.

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    Quote Originally Posted by supercorsa
    Nope - that would be Felco.
    I'm gonna disagree. One of the shops I worked in had a pair. Blech. Give me my old Shimano cutters from the early 90s first. In fact, I brought em in from home and used those instead!

    I bought a new pair of Shimano cutters a few years back 'cause my 20 YO ones were 'wearing out.' The new ones are in the box in my toolbox while the old ones keep on cutting just fine.

    Depending on how anal ya are, grinding the end of the brake housing flat isn't too hard to do regardless of what cutters ya use.

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