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Whats the best way to cut braided stainless fuel line?

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Re: What's the best waty to cut braided stainless fuel line?????????

Wrap tightly with electrical tape where you want to cut and then cut with a thin wheel on a die grinder.

Some say it is also good to bend the line in a "U" where you are cutting as you are cutting it, but I have not personally tried that.
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I use cable cutters. Easy to use and don't have the debris associated with a cutoff wheel. Wrap some tape around the tube and cut it with one quick motion.
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Beg, borrow, steal, or buy a cable cutter as nova suggested. Then go buy & wear a pair of leather gloves.

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Wrap tightly with electrical tape where you want to cut and then cut with a thin wheel on a die grinder.
I have done this with much success! Makes a clean cut, but I ran out of electrical tape and used athletic tape...the type you wrap ankles and knees with. Worked great and did not leave too much fraying of the hose end.

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If you use a cutting wheel you must flush thoroughly and dry the lines with lots of filtered compressed air to assure all of the abrasive, stainless steel slivers and burnt rubber are not going to be ingested by the engine or get into any mechanism (fuel pump, power steering pump, front pump if using on an automatic for cooling lines).

Cable cutters are much better. By the way Mechanics synthetic leather gloves offer little to no protection from the frayed wire ends. You will need some good flexible (kidd) leather gloves.

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Thanks for the info. cable cutters it shall be!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Wrap it tape as the others suggested and use a 32 tooth bladed hack saw.
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You can also wrap the end with electrical tape and use a large chisel (like the ones used for cutting landscaping stones). Place the hose on a solid surface and give the chisel a good "whack". By far, this is the one of the quickest ways to do it and it cuts the hose and steel braid cleanly without fraying the ends.

I've never used the cable cutters, but I'm sure that they would work well too.
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Another advantage of the cable cutters...I've never smashed my thumb with them.
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The guys here said last winter to use the Summit braided steel hose cutter. It works up to -12 AN. No tape required. Ends are clean and ready for the fitting. Just mark with a Sharpie and castrate,,er, sorry. Too long around horses!
Anyway, I bought one. The guys were right. The worlds most perfect tool. But there's a problem. I can't seem to stop looking for new places to install AN stuff.

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tape like everyone says then i've always used tin snips

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A dremel tool with one of their small cut-off wheels also works great if you don't want to buy a specialized cable cutter tool that you will possibly hardly ever use. (not that I object to having too many tools) Yes, definitely flush it out with lots of carb cleaner afterword.
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I knew I wouldn't be making a ton of lines, so I couldn't justify the cutting tool. I ended up making a jig out of a old 16 inch 2x4. Right in the middle of the 2x4, I cut a slot in the one side on the 2x4about half way through. Then I drilled 8 holes for zip ties. I zip tied the hose onto the block of wood. The zip ties need to be really tight. Before I zip tied the hose, I put tape on the hose and placed it over the slot I cut out. Worked pretty good. Make sure you have plenty of zip ties.

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