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 30 January 2009 08:05 PM
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Got a big industrial job on going, hundreds of SWA cables to be run from 3 core 1.5mmSq, to 4 core 10mm Sq, also BS 5308 swa cables.

Anyone know of the best SWA cutter to get hold of for speed (rather than the hacksaw) seen lots of ratchet cutters on Ebay etc. Also the new Kewtechnik WSBR28 cable stripper (mini blade on a pipe cutter) anyone tried this device yet?

http://www.alertelectrical.com...ade-Runner-WSBR28.asp

Thanks guys.
 30 January 2009 08:11 PM
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sparkingchip

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The Kewtech Blade is fixed in one position, so all the wear takes place on a couple of teeth, you won't do enough work from one blade to make it worthwhile.

The tool needs redesigning so that the blade can move forwards and back to use all the teeth on it.

Stick with the Hacksaw.

Andy Betteridge
 30 January 2009 08:15 PM
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Got a big industrial job on going, hundreds of SWA cables to be run from 3 core 1.5mmSq, to 4 core 10mm Sq, also BS 5308 swa cables.


You might need to negotiate with Kew-Tech a pack of a 100 spare blades. at 3 @ £9.99

Conventional method is still the best. and cost effective.

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 30 January 2009 08:17 PM
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leeward

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I think they save lots of time which makes them a good buy, also saves the graft which you would get with the hack saw.

Worth buying one I'd say, 'try it you might like it'!

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 30 January 2009 08:22 PM
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Just bought the 60mm pair of ratchet cutters from this site the other day. Used them on 6mm swa and it done what it said on the tin. Cut through like a hot knife through butter. Cheap as chips too.
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 30 January 2009 09:08 PM
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Testit

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Those cutters are OK for a symetrical cut, but a bit flimsy in construction and can wander a bit if you are not carefull. All in all though I find them OK. Cheap enough to just suck it an see, try it and if you like them then go ahead and continue... otherwise knock up your own..

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 30 January 2009 09:17 PM
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Presume you are talking about the kew tek cutters Testit? They are most definately a waste of money. Mine have gone back to the wholesalers after about 3-4 uses, the plastic snapped on mine.
 30 January 2009 10:06 PM
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for the bootlace sizes you suggest a junior hacksaw will do just great.

please also use proper spanners or adjustables not grips on the gland!!

happy swa-ing

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 30 January 2009 11:44 PM
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Junior hack saw every time.
 30 January 2009 11:51 PM
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ebee

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I use a hacksaw for the limited amount I do but I can see the merits of trying this tool.
I can`t tell you from experience but I`d certainly give it a try, might be worthwhile.

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 31 January 2009 12:44 AM
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Testit

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Originally posted by: scooby1

Presume you are talking about the kew tek cutters Testit? They are most definately a waste of money. Mine have gone back to the wholesalers after about 3-4 uses, the plastic snapped on mine.


yes they are a bit flimsy.. cheap plastic and fo rthe money I was expecting metal.. having said that I've used it a fair bit and on the same blade.. but likely it will get smashed into bits soon witht he way I lump things around on times... I was thinking of nicking the idea though for something more robust to be knocked up in me shed..

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 31 January 2009 08:45 AM
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The hand held ratchet cutters are excellent for the small size SWAs you are using and i've used them on singles up to 400mm,much quicker than using a saw.

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 31 January 2009 12:42 PM
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eodneil

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I actually like the Kewtechnik SWA tool, although I've only used it about 10 times with the same blade, biggest was 3 core 10mm I think and each time it gave a good clean cut, with less hastle and in less time.

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BigRed

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bladerunner is ok but takes time, most people try to do deep cuts straight away, knackers the blades. find it useful when up a platform and have restricted access. still use the hacksaw most of the time though!
 25 February 2013 12:51 PM
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KFH

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I have a bladerunner and it works OK. I find it useful when working in difficult places. Have only gone up to 10mm 3 core. Find a junior hacksaw better if I have easy access. The blade runner has been dropped a couple of times and not broken so far. Still on the original blade after 40+ uses but it is a bit blunt.
 25 February 2013 03:06 PM
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Ricicle

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I tried a Kewtech cutter but it was a load of carp. Best way for you is a junior hacksaw with a nice new blade in.

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 25 February 2013 04:59 PM
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MrOther

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SWA is my bed and butter.

Must say after a second time of using it, the Blade Runner is a winner for me, especially in tight corners. A good junior/senior hacksaw and new blade still does the job (don't use cutters as I saw one bloke do.)

Ratchet Cutters can be expensive but a great buy, if you know someone who works for the DNO you might be able to strike up a deal.
 25 February 2013 07:54 PM
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OldSparky

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mini grinder with steel cutting blade is the quickest
 26 February 2013 09:38 AM
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Dave69

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are you talking about scoring the amour or just cutting the cable to length?

10mm 4 core is baby stuff, a decent pair of croppers will cut it with ease and a junior hacksaw will score the armour.
 02 March 2016 04:35 PM
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JohnGrayson

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I've heard Bronneberg have some industrial cable strippers, similar to what you are describing. Could any of these be suitable for the job?

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