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#203411 - 09/27/11 05:29 PM Cutter for 1/2" steel flex??  
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Does anyone know of a tool that cuts 1/2" flex ?? I have one that cuts 3/8" flex, but one would be nice that cuts 1/2" flex in cases where there are wires already in the flex. Any thoughts?? Thanks.. Steve
P.S. "other than a hacksaw:)"

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#203412 - 09/27/11 07:07 PM Re: Cutter for 1/2" steel flex?? [Re: sparkync]  
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I have seen guys do it with diagonal cutters. (the trade name may be politically incorrect these days) wink

Crack the spiral loose and bite at the dislodged armor strip. The down side is you might have to rewind it a little to get it back in shape.


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#203414 - 09/27/11 07:47 PM Re: Cutter for 1/2" steel flex?? [Re: sparkync]  
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Seatek makes a Roto-Split that handles 1/2" & 3/4" flex. I've had one for quite awhile, can't imagine going back to a hacksaw.

http://www.seatekco.com/


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#203415 - 09/27/11 08:05 PM Re: Cutter for 1/2" steel flex?? [Re: sparkync]  
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Tom, I found the site. Looks like just what I'm looking for. I'm thinking about getting the one that cuts from 1/2" to 1 1/2" flex. Have you ever used one of these? And I noticed it says they can also be used on sealtite flex if done right. Have you ever used it on sealtite? Thanks, Steve.


#203416 - 09/27/11 08:22 PM Re: Cutter for 1/2" steel flex?? [Re: sparkync]  
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I've had them for years and they're the cat's pajamas for Sealtite.

And, yes, they work even if the conductors are in place.

( Signage circuits are like that. )

On Sealtite you use both your razor-knife to cut the plastic jacket and the Rotostrip to cut the metal 'tape.'


Tesla

#203417 - 09/27/11 08:36 PM Re: Cutter for 1/2" steel flex?? [Re: sparkync]  
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Man, looks like I know where to spend some money before tax time again. I see some great tools for saving time. The uf stripper looks like it may be worth it, especially on old uf cable. The new I know can be pretty well pulled apart with two sets of pliars, but some of the old stuff is a "bear".
Thanks again for information.


#203418 - 09/28/11 10:45 AM Re: Cutter for 1/2" steel flex?? [Re: sparkync]  
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The trick for sealtite is to use the tool to make the cut in the metal, then use a knife to cut the rubber/pvc jacket around the sealtite at that point.

For larger sizes, you can USUALLY do the same thing using an angle grinder .... I say 'usually' as I have encountered 4" sealtite that was not made as a spiral wrap, and I had to cut all the way around it.

My one complaint about the roto-split tools: they are gray in color, and far too easy to misplace. I have found it necessary to paint mine the brightest colors I can find.


#203422 - 09/28/11 03:06 PM Re: Cutter for 1/2" steel flex?? [Re: sparkync]  
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I've always just used my sawsmost, but put the tool on the ground or a bench, on its back and pushed the flex into the blade, sort of like a bench band saw, as long as your not holding the motor and the work the wobble isnt much, but you cant use this trick if the wires are present.


#203423 - 09/28/11 03:34 PM Re: Cutter for 1/2" steel flex?? [Re: sparkync]  
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I guess I am just old and have been away from the field too long but the good old hacksaw was what I saw the most.
Some guys had a little one that fit in the pouch but it was still a hacksaw.


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#203425 - 09/28/11 04:14 PM Re: Cutter for 1/2" steel flex?? [Re: sparkync]  
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Reno:
A lanyard clip on my belt and a piece of jack chain attached to the roto-splits solved the 'can't find its'


John

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