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Throttle cable

Post  Bill on Tue Oct 30, 2012 6:29 am

Hi I am about to shorten a universal throttle cable to suit my Kestrel and was wondering what is the best method for cutting the outer cable. I am thinking Hacksaw in preference to side cutters or is there a better method without resorting to fancy tools.
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Post  piston 197 on Tue Oct 30, 2012 7:11 am

Bill,using a hacksaw will be difficult and fray the cable,best result is to tin the cable with solder first in the place where you intend to cut ,then use a good sharp side cutter,you will get a much better result
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Post  kerabo on Tue Oct 30, 2012 8:45 pm

Dont try to saw it you will make a mess. The tinning idea is good but if it dont cut clean use a sharpe chisel on a flat peice if heavy metal One good hard blow

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Re: Throttle cable

Post  Ted Snook on Wed Oct 31, 2012 11:15 am

You can cut cable with a decent pair of Wirelocking pliers or Gilbows (not to be repeated too many times). Also a good pair of quality pliers with wire cutting slots.
If you don't have any of these, either get some or borrow them. If you tin first before cutting the cable with a chisel, remember that the ends have to be splayed out, after insertion in the nipple, which may prove difficult if the ends are tinned, although it can be done.
Cables are safety devices and if you lack the tools and knowlege to do the job properly, get them ready made, or order from a firm like Venhill. I have had a nipple pull through a front brake cable, because an incompetant made it and it wasn't funny.
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