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Old 06-02-2012, 11:53 AM   #1
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Hey all,
I've always used dykes to work with BX (bend and cut). Does anyone use the actual BX cutters?
Also I've tried Knipex side cutters but wasn't impressed Kleins seem to have more cutting power.Anyone use the NWS dykes or the brand new Knipex with the cam action?
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Old 06-02-2012, 12:02 PM   #2
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I use my lineman's.. but there is no bendng and cutting..

Just cut it like a piece of NM..(romex).. not that hard since they switched to AL instead of steel jacket..
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Are you talking about the Klein 1104's? I use them to cut the cable only and they work pretty well for that.
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Old 06-02-2012, 12:07 PM   #4
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I use my hacksaw to cut BX.....cleaner cut and way quicker.
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Old 06-02-2012, 12:10 PM   #5
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I use my hacksaw to cut BX.....cleaner cut and way quicker.
Nothing works as fast and clean as this does..

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Nothing works as fast and clean as this does..

I'd beg to differ.....considering I've used both. But hey to each his own.
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I use the roto spliters also because we run alot of green mc with the redundant ground and it cuts a perfect notch to wrap the redundant ground around the outside of the mc
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I'd beg to differ.....considering I've used both. But hey to each his own.
You can make a mistake and cut too deep with a hack saw..

You can't cut too deep with a Roto Split..

There is no thinking involved.. just clamp and turn the handle..
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You can make a mistake and cut too deep with a hack saw..

You can't cut too deep with a Roto Split..

There is no thinking involved.. just clamp and turn the handle..
Grab the cable in hand run the hacksaw on an angle where you want to cut a couple of time and done. Like I said Ive used both and know how to cut with a mini hacksaw very well. I can rough in boxes way quicker than a splitter. I'm not knocking your way at all and I agree with a hacksaw you can cut too deep but if thats all you do then it become second nature.
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There is no way anyone is faster with a hacksaw or dykes than a roto-split. Not a chance.
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There is no way anyone is faster with a hacksaw or dykes than a roto-split. Not a chance.
And no way your NEVER gonna nick the wire with a hacksaw
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There is no way anyone is faster with a hacksaw or dykes than a roto-split. Not a chance.
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Ok.

Just sayin'. A roto-split should be required on any production MC job. I've worked a few of them and nobody ever messed around with hacksaws and dykes, and I live in cable land.
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Nothing works as fast and clean as this does..

Those are all you need ,no fancy clamp required.

And you can order them right from the company...

http://www.seatekco.com/rs-101.htm
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Grab the cable in hand run the hacksaw on an angle where you want to cut a couple of time and done. Like I said Ive used both and know how to cut with a mini hacksaw very well. I can rough in boxes way quicker than a splitter. I'm not knocking your way at all and I agree with a hacksaw you can cut too deep but if thats all you do then it become second nature.
Your using a hacksaw on aluminum MC cable? Dykes would be much much faster, hell going to the supply house and buying a rotosplit would be faster than trying to cut such a small size of BX thats aluminum.

Or do I misunderstand the terms you guys are using? I rarely ever run any kind of AC or MC cable.
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Those are all you need ,no fancy clamp required.
Yeah, why embrace something new and faster when you can stay stuck in the past?
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There is no way anyone is faster with a hacksaw or dykes than a roto-split. Not a chance.
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I've seen guys use a hacksaw, never seen anyone use a hacksaw faster then sidecutters.
I've never used a rotosplit and never seen anyone use a rotosplit. I would be very surprised if they could cut the armour off the cable faster with it then sidecutters. I also use Knipex sidecutters, and have also used Klien in the past and find there is very little difference. I prefer to avoid Klien so I do.

I only use a hacksaw to cut TECK cable.
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