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Preferred Tool for Cutting Wire Harness Bands?


By wolverinetuner

1 year ago



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  • Latest reply 1 year ago by Pinzap
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    #1 1 year ago

    It's looking like I might need to trace wires in one or more wire harnesses to find a short-circuit in a Snow Derby I've been working on. The only other time I cut the bands holding a wire harness together (on another pin), I tried using regular scissors with great difficulty, then used a knife, but that wasn't much better. I've got zip ties to re-bundle them, but has anyone found a better tool for cutting the wire harness bands?

    #2 1 year ago

    Diagonal cut pliers

    #3 1 year ago

    I hadn't thought of that. I'll have to give those a try.

    Thanks, @whizz

    #4 1 year ago

    Ditto on the cutters. If you want to stay authentic try lacing cord: https://sourcetelsupply.com/product_info.php?cPath=27&products_id=32

    #5 1 year ago
    Quoted from dr_nybble:

    Ditto on the cutters. If you want to stay authentic try lacing cord: https://sourcetelsupply.com/product_info.php?cPath=27&products_id=32

    I'm probably going to stick with zip ties for now, but that sounds like a great idea!

    #6 1 year ago

    I use the Xcelite brand part number MS549JV diagonal cutter.

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    #7 1 year ago
    Quoted from hazmat7719:

    I use the Xcelite brand part number MS549JV diagonal cutter.

    Thanks for the recommendation. I might actually use the exact same cutters for work. I'm a piano tuner, and I cut metal center pins with them. It never occurred to me to use cutters like that for this application.

    #8 1 year ago

    You are welcome. They are great and I use them just about every day. The only downside is that they have really jumped in price over the last few years (at around $25 a pair).

    #9 1 year ago

    For simple electronic work and zip ties nothing beats a good flush cutter. Something like this. Great for getting into tight spaces.

    IGAN-170 Wire Cutters, Precision Electronic Flush Cutter, One of the Strongest and Sharpest Side Cutting pliers with an Opening Spring, Ideal for Ultra-fine Cutting Needs. amazon.com link »

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