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Bolster
08-04-2010, 10:38 PM
I have been using steel cable for trussing tables. Don't have a good solution for cutting it. Every time I see a nice looking cable cutter, it says, in big letters, "Do not use to cut steel."

OK, I give up. What is the correct tool for cutting steel cable?

wreckercologist
08-04-2010, 10:41 PM
There probably is a correct tool, but I use a air cutoff. I wrap the cable in tape to keep it from unwinding and have at it.

:beer:

danski0224
08-04-2010, 10:43 PM
How big is the cable?

boro_boy70
08-04-2010, 10:50 PM
When I used to do Cable TV construction, we used bolt cutters to cut the 3/8 steel strand.

Daves69
08-04-2010, 10:50 PM
we used this tool for cutting stainless aircraft cables.

http://www.awdirect.com/morse-starrett-wire-rope-cutter-for-up-to-3-4quot-diameter-101/wire-rope-accessories/?epc=AWYARGN&CID=AWYARGN

http://www.awdirect.com/morse-starrett-wire-rope-cutter-for-up-to-3-4quot-diameter-101/wire-rope-accessories/?epc=AWYARGN&CID=AWYARGN

Bolster
08-04-2010, 10:55 PM
How big is the cable?

Round about 1/4"

I've tried bolt cutters and they don't work so well. Maybe the bolt cutters are too big for what I'm cutting?

Danglerb
08-04-2010, 11:16 PM
Googled "steel cable cutter"
http://www.toolbarn.com/greenlee-19990.html?ref=base

* Soft Wire Rope: up to 1/4"
*
* Aircraft Cable: up to 3/16"
*
* Hard Steel Wire: up to 3/16"
*
* Copper/Aluminum Cable: up to 16/64"
*

jride200
08-04-2010, 11:39 PM
Spendy, but here you go...

http://www.felcostore.com/wirecablecutters

Tools from the old world too. At least my small set of cutters was made in Switzerland. That was a few years back though.

Dale B
08-04-2010, 11:50 PM
+1 on the air die grinder w/ abrasive cut off wheel. Only way to go

wyndycity
08-04-2010, 11:59 PM
I have a Knipex mini bolt cutter that was easily able to cut through a 3/8" round rubber coated bicycle lock cable with some finangaling. These Knipex cutters can be found at Lowes in the electrical dept.

No, I wasn't stealing the bike, the key to the lock was lost.

Art From De Leon
08-05-2010, 12:13 AM
One of these:






Invented in 1928 by Morse-Starrett to cut wire rope. Actuated by striking a hammer, they are easy to operate and give superior performance without jamming. They are precision-engineered to deliver a clean cut without affecting the roundness of the wire rope. Blades & dies are made of the finest tool steels available, heat treated and ground to close tolerances.

Red Green
08-05-2010, 12:18 AM
I think it is a Greenlee Cable cutter at Lowes that is ok to use with steel. They are about 2 foot long.

Mickey O
08-05-2010, 12:25 AM
http://i786.photobucket.com/albums/yy148/oldtoolads/felco-c7.jpg

An outstandingly powerful tool for cutting steel wire rope. The Felco C7 has a unique triangular jaws that never leaves a frayed cut. The C7 features hardened steel blades and center bolt. It cuts wire rope up to 1/4 inch or 7 mm thick, high tensile steel strands up to 5 mm thick, stainless steel strands up to 4 mm, extra tough wire rope or stands up to 3 mm. In addition, the C7 cuts electric cables of copper, aluminum or steel-cored aluminum up to 7 mm, aluminum or copper rods up to 5 mm diameter, steel rods up to 4 mm and tempered steel spring wire up to 2 mm.

Length 7.5 inches. Weight 10 ounces. LINK (http://www.felcostore.com/order/f-c7?referer=wirecablecutters)


The C9 cutter is Felco's smallest two-handed wire cutter. It features Felco's patented "triangular cut", a system designed to cut rope smoothly -- without being crushed. The C9 has hardened steel blades and center bolt and unbreakable forged aluminum alloy handles with plastic covering for good grip. The tool cuts wire rope up to 3/8 inch or 9 mm thick, high tensile steel strands up to 7 mm thick, stainless steel strands up to 6 mm, extra tough wire rope or strands up to 5 mm. In addition, it cuts electric cables of copper, aluminum or steel-cored aluminum, and aluminum or copper rods up to 9 mm. The C9 also cuts steel rods up to 7 mm and tempered steel spring wire up to 4 mm in diameter.

Length 13 inches. Weight 1.75 pounds. LINK (http://www.felcostore.com/order/f-c9?referer=wirecablecutters)

jride200
08-05-2010, 12:29 AM
http://i786.photobucket.com/albums/yy148/oldtoolads/felco-c7.jpg

Thats the one I've got!

ZRX61
08-05-2010, 02:07 AM
Googled "steel cable cutter"
http://www.toolbarn.com/greenlee-19990.html?ref=base

* Soft Wire Rope: up to 1/4"
*
* Aircraft Cable: up to 3/16"
*
* Hard Steel Wire: up to 3/16"
*
* Copper/Aluminum Cable: up to 16/64"
*

16/64? so why not just say 1/4in FFS???

tonydanzah
08-05-2010, 02:12 AM
a torch is probably the best tool.

rockchucker
08-05-2010, 02:14 AM
Lol! ^

I guess they didn't make it to reducing Fractions in School!


When I worked for the PUD over in Eastern WA they used to have a ratcheting set of By-Pass Loppers for the Cutting of Cable with curved Blades.


I use these for Cutting Stainless Steel Braided Fuel Injection Hose in my Shop...


Here...


http://www.summitracing.com/parts/SUM-900040/?rtype=10


I am pretty sure they would cut through Cable, Fingers, Just about anything!

mrholeshot
08-05-2010, 07:15 AM
My dog, at 130 lbs she can chew through a 1/4 inch steel cable in about 5 minutes if something is really pissing her off. I have to swap out her runner cable about once a month.


http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p238/HeavyChevy_photo/IMG_0136.jpg

MAD
08-05-2010, 10:13 AM
I use Felco C7 and C9 cutters at work. They cut wire rope cleanly without deforming the cut ends, which is essential when you need to slip the cable through Nicopress type swage sleeves. At home I have a wire rope cutter made by HK Porter. I have only used it a few times but it has done a nice job so far. I believe Knipex makes a wire rope cutter as well.

http://www.amazon.com/Knipex-9561190-2-Inch-Wire-Cutters/dp/B000X4KPSA

elvee
08-05-2010, 10:37 AM
Another vote for Felco's. They are the standard for the entertainment industry for smaller sized cables. Once you get into 3/8" you start looking at the hydraulic cutters.

brian90505
08-05-2010, 12:05 PM
http://i786.photobucket.com/albums/yy148/oldtoolads/felco-c7.jpg

I've got one like that made by Knipex. Works great.

Monte
08-05-2010, 01:24 PM
the new drop forged Knipex version:

http://www.conrad.de/medias/global/ce/8000_8999/8200/8220/8224/822413_BB_00_FB.EPS_400.jpg


A lower priced alternative to the Felco + older Knipex version is available in the USA from www.hittools.com (made in japan)