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[TowerTalk] Questions->cable cutters

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Subject: [TowerTalk] Questions->cable cutters
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Date: Mon, 15 Sep 1997 08:52:19 -0700 (PDT)
Good morning.

Steve (K7LXC) commented on cable cutters and parenthetically mentioned "not 
EHS" in regards to what one can cut with them. If you are looking at cable 
cutters, they will often be labeled something like "Not For Steel". This is 
common on the type that can be used in one hand and are intended for cutting 
copper. If you attempt to use these on EHS, even 1/8", you will not be 
successful in cutting, but will be successful in dulling/mashing the blades! 
Your hardware store will like you.

A cable cutter for EHS is fairly expensive. They have two handles and are 
usually painted red with black blades. They run about $100 (maybe more) for 
something that can cut up to 3/16" EHS. Larger ones cost more, of course.

Another way to cut EHS is not so sophisticated. One can tape the location to 
be cut with duct tape (or black tape). Then, wearing goggles and gloves, use 
a small disk grinder to cut through the tape and cable. A 4" grinder works 
fine. If you can hold the cable in a vice, or pair of vices, it will be much 

There is also a hammer driven cutter, but I haven't seen one for a while.

In any event, be careful.

Have a good day and 73,
                        Tom, N6BT
                        Force 12 Antennas and Systems
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