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PostPosted: Tue Jul 23, 2013 2:51 pm 
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I use a hacksaw and file for the outers and mig wire snips for the inners,it could be tidier,anyone got tips?


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PostPosted: Tue Jul 23, 2013 3:01 pm 
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I use standard cable cutters for the outer, then grind the end flat on the bench grinder.


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PostPosted: Tue Jul 23, 2013 3:10 pm 
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I just cut them with sharp pliers then fit ferrules


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PostPosted: Tue Jul 23, 2013 3:14 pm 
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Very sharp side cutters.


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PostPosted: Tue Jul 23, 2013 3:26 pm 
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I have a pair of what I call grandad pliers, old rust coloured but will open anything and cut through owt nice an cleanly.


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PostPosted: Tue Jul 23, 2013 3:58 pm 
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hamster wrote:
I use standard cable cutters for the outer, then grind the end flat on the bench grinder.

The Hamster is correct 8)

And this reminds me of something else. BITD I used to solder the end of my cable inners rather than using crimps. It's neater and you can take the cables in & out as much as you like without faffing with new crimps every time and they won't fray. Modern cables won't take the solder, I assume due to some kind of anti-friction coating. Is there any way of removing that coating ? Solvent, acid ??


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PostPosted: Tue Jul 23, 2013 4:01 pm 
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+1 for the Park Tools type of cable cutter; plus I use a fine file if I think I haven't cut it cleanly enough...


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PostPosted: Tue Jul 23, 2013 4:36 pm 
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usual method is using some proper cable cutters (Park, BBB, Shimano etc), and if needed then use a file to smarten the ends up.


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PostPosted: Tue Jul 23, 2013 5:35 pm 
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Park tool plus ball point pen to clear the outer hole. Grey XTR brake cable I found was a pig for not cutting cleanly.


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PostPosted: Tue Jul 23, 2013 5:41 pm 
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WD Pro wrote:
Dremel does a great job on the outers :

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Any quality snips will do the inners and gear cable outers :D I got some of those pbk ones when they were on special, very good and also did a nice job on the goodridge outers :D still worth finishing with wet n dry though ;-)

WD :D


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