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Old 11-15-2015, 09:48 AM   #1
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Tool question, cutting steel cable

I'm installing the Ready Brute Elite and the break away system. None of my cutters will cleanly cut the cable. Don't own one, but could buy a 3" cut off tool if that will work. What kind of wheel do I need? 60 grit? 40 grit? New to this, any help is appreciated!
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Old 11-15-2015, 09:53 AM   #2
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I think to get a clean cut with a cutoff wheel you need to clap the cable tightly right at the point you want to cut, then make the cut. The free end will ravel and the clamped end wont. They make a tool for cutting cable. Check Grainger or others.
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Old 11-15-2015, 09:58 AM   #3
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Use electrical tape
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Old 11-15-2015, 05:46 PM   #4
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Use electrical tape
Or cable zip tie. An angle grinder with a cutoff wheel will do the job. Harbor Freight has angle grinders pretty cheap, like $12-$13. If that's all you need it for it should do the job. It's not going to last long under use but for a one time project it should be fine.
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I was able to cut ours with some 6" dykes, but another option would be to use a cold chisel. I've used one to cut heavier cable, If you already have the chisel and a hammer you could save a few bucks to spend on the RV!
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Old 11-15-2015, 09:22 PM   #6
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Dremel with metal cutting wheel. Don't cut the cable to short. On my RVI2 it should be the longest cable.
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Thanks everyone. I'm headed over to Harbor when they open in a couple of hours.
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I agree with mrt 1111, I'd go with a Dremel tool with the cutting wheel. Probably a little more expensive the an angle grinder from Harbor Freight but you will have one of the handiest tiny tools you will ever need. I use mine for a lot of different jobs. I've used mine to cut through my 3/8" hydraulic hoses on the MH when they needed to be replaced. A very compact tool that will enable you to get into places where an angle grinder will not. I'd be lost without mine.
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Thanks for all the tips. Picked up the $25 Harbor Freight 3" cut off saw yesterday. Used the electrical tape trick and got a nice clean cut and finished the job.
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