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#41822 - 09/10/04 08:07 AM Liquid Tight Metallic Cutter  
mhasel  Offline
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Chaptico, MD

Just curious if there are any special tools or tricks to cutting the metallic core version of liquid tight conduit?


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#41823 - 09/10/04 08:13 AM Re: Liquid Tight Metallic Cutter  
chi spark  Offline
Joined: Jan 2004
Posts: 105
Chicago IL USA
I use the cordless sawzall-or just a sharp hacksaw blade. Just hold the LT against the fence of the saw and keep even pressure. the fitting style will cover any burr with the thread in ferrule. Keep your cut straight

#41824 - 09/10/04 11:59 AM Re: Liquid Tight Metallic Cutter  
Ralpha494  Offline
Joined: May 2004
Posts: 73
The last contractor I worked for had a Panasonic 15.6v saw. The saw worked really well when the blade was new. It didn't grab the metal at the end of the cut like cutting by hand does. The smell of burning/melting plastic was the only bad side effect, but it didn't last very long. Otherwise, a hacksaw with a 32 tpi blade, holding the sealtight as close and solid as possible to the cut.

#41825 - 09/10/04 02:50 PM Re: Liquid Tight Metallic Cutter  
Happy Birthday iwire  Offline
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Posts: 4,391
North Attleboro, MA USA
If I have it out for cutting pipe anyway I like a portable band saw, fast and neat.

I do not bother getting it out for one or two cuts.


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#41826 - 09/10/04 06:20 PM Re: Liquid Tight Metallic Cutter  
e57  Offline
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Posts: 2,876
I bother to get the band saw out for 1 or 2 cuts on liquid tight. Or, I make the same helper who always wrecks my hack saw blade do it.

I just wish the made a smaller cordless band saw, that would be hip!

Or if they made better metal cutting blades for the circular saws, that don't cost $50 ea.

Mark Heller
"Well - I oughta....." -Jackie Gleason

#41827 - 09/10/04 10:22 PM Re: Liquid Tight Metallic Cutter  
SteveMc  Offline
Joined: Feb 2004
Posts: 62
Rock Hill, SC
If I'm in a hurry, I cut the plastic jacket with a knife then bend the inner flex until it breaks, then cut the metal with my dykes. a little straightening and your ready to go.

#41828 - 09/10/04 11:09 PM Re: Liquid Tight Metallic Cutter  
mhasel  Offline
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Joined: Sep 2004
Posts: 2
Chaptico, MD
Thanks everyone, this is just a new material for me and I was looking for any good tips and I wanted to make sure there wasn't a specific cutter like they make for BX conduit.


#41829 - 09/10/04 11:31 PM Re: Liquid Tight Metallic Cutter  
Bjarney  Offline
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See the low-tech but useful “RV-1” at I think it will handle up to 1¼-inch liquititte flex.

#41830 - 09/10/04 11:39 PM Re: Liquid Tight Metallic Cutter  
CRM  Offline
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Posts: 74
Alberta Canada
Tin snips do a good job.

#41831 - 09/11/04 04:07 PM Re: Liquid Tight Metallic Cutter  
John Steinke  Offline
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Posts: 518
Reno,Nv., USA
Especially for the smaller sizes:
Bend it until the inner coil separates and the jacket tears. Then, using Kleins' flex shears, cut the coil. If the coil has been bent slightly out-of-round, use the shears to restore the shape- or cut another link.

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