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  • Terrible, very soft steel

    posted by Simonetti2010 on 09/29/2011
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    Involvement:Expert (understands the inner workings) - Ownership:1 day to 1 week

    Pros:

    None. There are no pros for this product, because it doesn`t do what it is supposed to. Keep reading.

    Cons:

    Here we go! I got this cutter as a tool for my home bike repair shop. I meant it for cutting gear cables (steel, 1.2 mm) and gear cable housing (that contains a protective mesh of very thin steel cables).
    The first time I tried this cutter to cut a Shimano SIS-41 gear cable housing, the tool got dented, and not it won`t cut anything. So, I was only able to use it once.
    When I tried cutting gear cables in the thinner part of the tool, it also got dented.

    OtherThoughts:

    This tool is really made of steel, but it is VERY SOFT steel. It should be make of hardened steel, so it wouldn`t get dented so easily.
    Also. the join that holds the 2 handles together is very fragile. It got loose on the first time I tried to use the too to cut the gear cable housing.

    Bottomline:

    The bottomline is: DON`T BUY THIS. I ended up buying a Park Tool cable cutter, which goes through steel cables like a hot knife on butter.
    Get something better, pay a little more, but don`t get this.

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