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How do I correctly cut braided stainless steel fuel line

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by sickquad, Sep 28, 2004.

  1. sickquad

    sickquad 1/2 ton status

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    Like the title says. How do I cut this stuff to length correctly without messing up the braid. I'm doing this on a friends motor so I want it to look nice. I know I tape the section I'm going to cut, but what should I cut it with. A hacksaw seems like it may be a little aggresive.

    Anyone done this succesfully before?

    -Chris
     
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    mudjunkie 82 1 ton status GMOTM Winner

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    I wrap the spot to cut with electric tape real tight and use a cut off wheel on a grinder. you can also use a hack saw with a fine blade to cut it.
     
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    Use masking tape and a hack saw, cut through the masking tape.

    An air saw would probably cut it nice but doubtful you have one of those.
     
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    Duct tape seems to work the best, wrap tightly. Use an abrasive chop saw or a cut-off wheel on a hand held grinder. Be sure to flush out all of the crap that will end up inside the hose.

    Other option is if you have a Beverly Shear available, those work pretty well too.
     
  5. sickquad

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    Cut off wheel it is.

    This board is the best. You guys are the only reason I look like I know what I am doing.

    -Chris
     
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    Yup. I have done the hacksaw method. Difficult especially when cuttin through the rubber part. I've also done the sharp thin cuttin wheel route. Hard to keep straight. I do believe however that there is a hand held spinny wheel kinda like one used to cut flex electrical wiring except rotated 90 degrees. It can be done with either method I mentioned I'd done before. It's not the slickest way but with some patience it can be done.
     
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    abrasive chop saw
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    DREMMEL!!!!
     

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