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tjandoverguy 17-04-2018 18:55

how to cut wire for lifelines
 
i am making life lines for a hunter and bought the johnson fittings and tool to crimp but how to cut the line to get it in the fitting

RobPatterson 17-04-2018 18:58

Re: how to cut wire for lifelines
 
Grinder makes short work of it

Panope 17-04-2018 19:10

Re: how to cut wire for lifelines
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by RobPatterson (Post 2617478)
Grinder makes short work of it

Yep.

Wrap with electrical tape before cutting to keep strands from fraying.


Steve

LoudMusic 17-04-2018 19:12

Re: how to cut wire for lifelines
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by RobPatterson (Post 2617478)
Grinder makes short work of it

Would a Dremel sized cut-off tool be adequate? Or would that just be wildly underpowered?

Cap Bill Des 17-04-2018 19:12

Re: how to cut wire for lifelines
 
Dremel tool ( using the tape as mentioned..)

hugosalt 17-04-2018 20:04

Re: how to cut wire for lifelines
 
Another vote for tape and grind and a dremel will do it.
...guess late to try and convince you to make out of dyneema.

goat 17-04-2018 20:48

Re: how to cut wire for lifelines
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by hugosalt (Post 2617501)
Another vote for tape and grind and a dremel will do it.
...guess late to try and convince you to make out of dyneema.

Timely. I just replaced mine with dyneema a couple days ago. Easy peasy.

goat

Jim Cate 17-04-2018 21:32

Re: how to cut wire for lifelines
 
What ever happened to wire shears for this small wire... like I have used for the past 45 years or so? I don't think you will see pros using dremels or grinders in this application!


Jim

freshalaska 17-04-2018 21:35

Re: how to cut wire for lifelines
 
Iíve done this with a hammer and chisel against a steel block anvil type of setup.
In logging camp years ago we would cut 1 1/4 inch cable laying it over the sharp edge of a double bit axe pounding on it with a large hammer. Didnít take long to cut and taping first close to the cut is a good idea as well.

double u 18-04-2018 03:56

Re: how to cut wire for lifelines
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Jim Cate (Post 2617540)
What ever happened to wire shears for this small wire... like I have used for the past 45 years or so? I don't think you will see pros using dremels or grinders in this application!


Jim

as so often: a voice of reason in a sea...

RaymondR 18-04-2018 04:32

Re: how to cut wire for lifelines
 
Dremel or preferably grinder is OK if you don't want to buy an expensive tool you will only use occasionally. I have all three but would use the grinder with grinding, cutting and sanding discs the most.

goat 18-04-2018 06:03

Re: how to cut wire for lifelines
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Jim Cate (Post 2617540)
What ever happened to wire shears for this small wire... like I have used for the past 45 years or so? I don't think you will see pros using dremels or grinders in this application!


Jim

I think most of us carry bolt cutters, shears or something to cut the rigging loose should we lose it, no?
Cut through my old lifelines like butter.

goat

Hardhead 18-04-2018 08:57

Re: how to cut wire for lifelines
 
I'm a caveman and use a hacksaw.

thannever 18-04-2018 09:03

Re: how to cut wire for lifelines
 
yes to dyneema.

Seriously Slow 18-04-2018 09:05

Re: how to cut wire for lifelines
 
We cut ours with a grinder that uses a 1/16 thick x 3" wheel. The electric die grinder costs about $45 at harbor freight. It is like a large dremel and is incredibly useful for other cutting with different attachments. you would need an attachment to hold the wheel but do not bother with the harbor freight one, it's made poorly. I used one from Ace hardware- much better. They also have an electric cutoff that is similar but less useful for $24.


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