I had to use my Park tool cable cutters on Friday and i am v disappointed at the results. The cable outer crushed approx 5 out of 6 times. When i realised they were not much good i cut the outer longer and gradually reduced the length until i got a cut which was not crushed.
My question is - was i doing something wrong? I tried gentle pressure, quick snip and turning the outer to the place of least resistance - made no difference. The tool has been used approximately 8 times so there should be no issue with wear.
Any advice appreciated.
This is a similar experience which a guy i know has with an electric planer, he was taking a bit off a door and the planer took too much off so he gradually reduced the door to a 'half door' with the planer!!! Unfortunately once cable outer gets too short it is useless!!
Are the cutters new?
Is there any play between the blades?
Have they been used to cut spokes and other things?
At work, I use them and trust me they last several years before I replace them, more for a whim then real need, still doing a neat cut.
And we're talking of a million of cuts in gear/brake wires and outers.
Keep the wire or the outer 90º, and the pressure with the hand has to be a quick thing