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It looks very sturdy and well constructed, certainly it will last for long. On top of the round cable cutting capability without flattening the cable, it also includes a place to grip the cable ends and conduit ferrules.
£30 is quite a lot for a tool that most non-professionals probably won't use more than a few times but at least you get a decent quality pair of cutters that will do the job neatly. The steel in bicycle cable guides is hard and the many tight strands are mighty difficult to cut through with any other tool you could hold in one hand (although I reckon you could probably just saw through them without much drama).
These would also be suitable for cutting other things that are just out of the comfort zone of pliers like thin chains, tough plastic-coated wire like clothesline and maybe even shackles on very small padlocks so you might use them for more than just your bike. The shape of the jaws would also make them good for cutting though those thicker zip ties like you see on scaffolding.
This is an excellent tool. You get what you pay for, me thinks. After reviewing several makes of a rope cable-cutting tool, this came out on top. So I bought it and was not disappointed. Not only does it cut through bike cables with ease, it also had no problem cutting the brake cable housing too. Thus the rear brakes on my mountain bike were fixed in no time. Extremely pleased with this product and very highly recommended.
I considered buying a cheaper tool, but often they just don't work very well, so I opted to put my money where my mouth is. If you can afford this one, do it. It does what it's supposed to, extremely easily. It even has a crimping tool built it.
Having decided it was time to replace a gear cable on my road bike, I had tried using the snipping part on my pliers. That was a mistake - I mangled the cable but couldn't cut it cleanly, and I mashed up the cable outer.
These cable cutters are the right tool for the job, and that's it. With the right tools, any job becomes simpler and easier to accomplish.
I tried some cheap alternative nonsense and failed to cut a cable housing which is when I remembered that cheap tools are a waste of time. 48 hours later I received this cutter and continued to upgrade my bike because it let me. Cables don't last as long as bikes so you might as well buy this tool because you will need it unless you go through bikes like butter.
Bought a cheap pair for around £8 which went straight in the bin, didn't cut so much as chew. Hey ho, buy cheap buy twice, I am an idiot. Read some of the reviews of this tool and bought it on the strength of the positive comments. Glad I did because it cut very cleanly though some 3mm braided steel cable and left a lovely finish for the end cap which I used the cutters for crimping on. Job done. I can safely put these cutters away in my toolbox and not the garbage bin!
I have plenty of experience knowing good tools from bad and thought I could recable my bike with what I had. I found my cutters to be unable to cut the metaphorical mustard so reluctantly ordered these. Exceptionally clean inner and outer cable cuts and clearly meant as a bike mechanic's workshop staple. Certainly worth the investment.
Brilliant ! Highly recommend that you buy a pair of these cutters. The name Park Tool guarantees quality but I cant rate these cutters too highly. These cutters snip through cables easily and cleanly, leaving a very neat end. . These cutters aren't cheap! But the quality is well worth the price. Don't faff about trying to make do with disappointing results . Get a pair.
Although it’s a bit on the pricey side, you definitely get what you pay for. Very clean cut and easy to use. Love that you can also crimp the cable ends and re-shape the cable housing with this tool as well. Very well thought out