What cutter do you recommend for 1/8" steel cable?


Old 06-03-20, 06:55 PM
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What cutter do you recommend for 1/8" steel cable?

I really need to buy something tomorrow if possible (we have a Lowe's and Home Depot nearby). The cutters I'm seeing on their sites don't mention steel cables. Can someone help?
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Old 06-03-20, 06:59 PM
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I have always used a grinder and cutting wheel.
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I'm assuming..... stranded steel cable..... like the vinyl coated type ?
You can use side cutting pliers too. I use my linemans pliers.

Just one example..... Linemans pliers
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Lots of choices - a bolt cutter would make quick work of it as well.
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A cut off wheel would be my first choice, bolt cutters my second.
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As you're buying something, I suggest an angle grinder which has many uses.
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In the garage door world we use these, they will cut up to 3/16" Felco cable cutter
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I use a right angle grinder with a metal cutoff disc to cut cable. Before cutting I place 2 Ubolt cable clamps where I need to cut. This prevents the strands in the cut cable ends from unraveling. Another approach if you have a torch. Solder the cable in the area of the cut, then make the cut.
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I use cable cutters when installing cable railings. They are very quick and easy to use and leave a very clean cut. Angle grinder, cutoff wheel, bolt cutters will all work but leave messier cuts.

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I use a hack saw and a vise. Works very quickly and cleanly if the blade is tight against the vise.
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