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kingrollokingrollo Posts: 3,162
edited September 2016 in Road buying advice
Im coming to the conclusion that decent mechanics are a dying breed ! - Any job I ask to be done, always has to go back for fine tuning. /Rantover !

So my next task is replacing a brake cable for which I may or may not need some cable cutters - anybody recommend a decently priced set of cable cutters...

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  • a.palmera.palmer Posts: 504
    Park tools, worth every penny for good cable cutters
  • MatthewfalleMatthewfalle Posts: 17,380
    Yup - Park Tools.
    Postby team47b » Sun Jun 28, 2015 11:53 am

    De Sisti wrote:
    This is one of the silliest threads I've come across. :lol:

    Recognition at last Matthew, well done!, a justified honour :D
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    He's right you know.
  • kingrollokingrollo Posts: 3,162
    Park tools to pricey - looking for budget options
  • figbatfigbat Posts: 680
    I use a cutting disc on a Dremel. Lovely clean cut, no crush. It does the sheaths too. If you do do this one tip: tape up the inner cable before cutting it, otherwise it can unwind a little. Otherwise, job's a good'un (as I already have a Dremel lying about).
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  • BobbinogsBobbinogs Posts: 4,841
    You get what you pay for.

    Park tools. Job done.
  • gethincerigethinceri Posts: 1,216
    Park Tools. Not expensive.
  • WheelspinnerWheelspinner Posts: 5,867
    The Park ones are on special on CRC at the moment and very good value at that price.

    Other suggestion above for a Dremel and cutting disc is excellent Plan B. I use an angle grinder with a very fine cutting disc to do cable outers these days, but a Dremel would be just as good if a tad slower. Generally use the Park Tool cutters for inner wires though.

    Option C is just do the re-cabling with a full length inner wire, cut it approximately to length when done, leave a few inches spare, tape the end, ride to LBS and ask nicely if they'll give you the snip *ahem* at the right length and put a ferrule on for you.
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  • kingrollokingrollo Posts: 3,162
    The Park ones are on special on CRC at the moment and very good value at that price.

    Other suggestion above for a Dremel and cutting disc is excellent Plan B. I use an angle grinder with a very fine cutting disc to do cable outers these days, but a Dremel would be just as good if a tad slower. Generally use the Park Tool cutters for inner wires though.

    Option C is just do the re-cabling with a full length inner wire, cut it approximately to length when done, leave a few inches spare, tape the end, ride to LBS and ask nicely if they'll give you the snip *ahem* at the right length and put a ferrule on for you.

    Do you have a link to those ? - how much is the offer ?

    I don't want to spend to much for something that will get infrequent use.
  • fenixfenix Posts: 5,437
    http://lmgtfy.com/?q=park+tool+cable+cu ... n+reaction

    Under £20 and will last you forever.
  • trek_dantrek_dan Posts: 1,366
    kingrollo wrote:
    Park tools to pricey - looking for budget options
    £20 too pricey? You'd save twice that in bike shop labour on one re-cable :lol:
  • imposter2.0imposter2.0 Posts: 11,767
    kingrollo wrote:
    I don't want to spend to much for something that will get infrequent use.

    That's a bit of a logical fallacy, tbh. I have several tools, like steerer cutter guide, chain cutter, cable cutters, BB tools, etc that I might only use once every several months, if that. But when you need them, they still need to be quality tools.
  • timothywtimothyw Posts: 2,482
    http://www.chainreactioncycles.com/x-to ... -prod10187

    Had these for a year and at least two complete re-cablings, never let me down, massively better than using a Dremel!

    Can't see myself buying the park one anytime soon.
  • Park Tools are not the be all and end all, go to a decent tool shop and get some decent quality cutters.

    Probably about the same price but £20 isn't a lot to spend.
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  • fenixfenix Posts: 5,437
    No idea - but for the extra - just get the Park that we have used and can vouch for ?
  • larkimlarkim Posts: 2,401
    I asked a similar question and was recommended the OnOne / PlanetX cable cutters, about half the price of parktools. Haven't taken the plunge yet either way, but the cheap ones appeared to be the same as the Draper ones you can buy in the sheds.
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  • imposter2.0imposter2.0 Posts: 11,767
    Agree, there's no particular 'magic' ingredient to Park Tools, other than the fact that many of their tools are obviously bike-specific, rather than generic.
  • £20 pounds isn't a lot to spend for decent wire / cable cutters. The park version is well made and does the job right. Wouldn't bother looking much further.
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  • kingrollokingrollo Posts: 3,162
    TimothyW wrote:
    http://www.chainreactioncycles.com/x-tools-pro-cable-cutter/rp-prod10187

    Had these for a year and at least two complete re-cablings, never let me down, massively better than using a Dremel!

    Can't see myself buying the park one anytime soon.

    Thanks to everyone for all the advice. I went with the CRC ones in the above link.
  • Knipex - nothing else comes close
  • I tried using this Park Tool CN-10 Pro Cable Cutter Tool to trim the brake housing, and it did a good job. The Park Tool CN10 may also be the top-rated cable cutter because it’s very sharp,  strong enough for cutting bicycle wires. It has two functions – crimper and cutter – and features a wire latch for securing the handles. It comes with a precise cutting jaw for seamless cuts. In addition, it also has a wire latch which keeps the handles together.
  • Felco. just buy the best and have done.
  • pblakeneypblakeney Posts: 19,190
    Why do people keep finding these old threads?
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  • pblakeney said:

    Why do people keep finding these old threads?

    Maybe, just maybe, because they work for Park Tools? Yes, I'm cynical
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  • lesfirthlesfirth Posts: 1,286
    https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/303832158752

    Did the job and look as though will do it another thousand times.
  • Spammers upping their post count by dragging up old threads and posting a load of old drivel in response
    pblakeney said:

    Why do people keep finding these old threads?

  • You can consider KNIPEX tools wire rope cutters. I bought these for brake and shifting cables on bicycles. The crimpers are the right size for ferals and end crimps. This bike cable cutter provides excellent clean cuts not only in your bike cable but also to other usage.
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