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Cutting stranded cable with Spirit 1504

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Cutting stranded cable with Spirit
« on: February 13, 2007, 12:50:05 AM »
My Swiss spirit is unable to cut through small stranded cable (like bicycle derailleur cable) and the strands will get stuck in between the plier jaws causing the pliers to get stuck together. Is this normal? I know that my SOG powerlocks can cut that same stranded cable without a problem. I have mailed the tool to the Connecticut repair facility in the beginning of January but have not heard anything about the repair status, so am just waiting. Not sure if anything can be done about this.


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Re: Cutting stranded cable with Spirit
« Reply #1 on: February 13, 2007, 02:14:27 AM »
I had a similar problem not too long ago, and I found that very few, if any of the tools in my collection managed to handle steel cable very well.  The stuff I was cutting was similar sized to bike derailleur cable.

Victorinox is often non- communicative, but I'm quite certain that your Spirit will show up (likely a replacement) on your doorstep soon enough.  If you have any concerns, or just want to know for peace of mind, I believe there is an 800 number on the Vic website.

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Re: Cutting stranded cable with Spirit
« Reply #2 on: February 13, 2007, 04:20:27 AM »
Welcome jscalia. Stranded steel cable is among the toughest challanges a multitool can face. I haven't done much expirementing myself with it, but I've read that others have had good success with the SOG's where other tools have been unsuccessful.

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Re: Cutting stranded cable with Spirit
« Reply #3 on: May 08, 2008, 01:39:33 AM »
This is a VERY old post. But, anyways, thats why the SURGE/Core have a stranded wire cutter!

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Re: Cutting stranded cable with Spirit
« Reply #4 on: May 08, 2008, 01:52:45 AM »
what is the stranded wire cutter?
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Re: Cutting stranded cable with Spirit
« Reply #5 on: May 08, 2008, 01:55:52 AM »
Under the base of the pliers, there is a stranded wire cutter and an electrical crimper. I obtained this pic from equipped.org:
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Re: Cutting stranded cable with Spirit
« Reply #6 on: May 08, 2008, 05:01:21 AM »
I think the whole thing is due to the edge of cutter edge is rounded or flat. If they were sharpened to an obtuse angle, say 50°, it'll bite into the steel and won't slip and stuck.
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Re: Cutting stranded cable with Spirit
« Reply #7 on: May 08, 2008, 08:46:41 PM »
thanks for the pic. I new that but had forgotten.

 

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