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Technical cutting radiator hoses

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by RMR&C, Jan 10, 2022.

  1. Rickybop
    Joined: May 23, 2008
    Posts: 7,894

    from Michigan

  2. Some great tips, thanks! I'll pick up one of those hose cutter thingies and practice on some junk hoses.
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  3. Kevin Pharis
    Joined: Aug 22, 2020
    Posts: 303

    Kevin Pharis

    Seems like I saw that thing in a movie once...?

  4. blue 49
    Joined: Dec 24, 2006
    Posts: 1,531

    blue 49
    from Iowa

    I hack 'em off a little long then trim and square with small sheet metal shears.

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  6. I use a flame to make the fuzzys go away
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  7. SEAAIRE354
    Joined: Sep 7, 2015
    Posts: 424


    image.jpg These are poly hose cutters. They come in different sizes. Worked in the marine business for a long time and automotive. I can’t tell you how many hoses I’ve cut with this style cutter. It’s the only thing I’ll use.
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  8. ramblin dan
    Joined: Apr 16, 2018
    Posts: 2,907

    ramblin dan

    I bought an electric kitchen carving knife at a garage sale for three bucks with the blades and case. The only thing you have to watch for is some of the aftermarket hoses have a metal wire running through the rubber inside to hold their shape. The carving knife is also great for cutting foam for seats as well. I've cut through a 3 inch sheet of foam without tearing it and it leaves a perfect edge.
  9. 55blacktie
    Joined: Aug 21, 2020
    Posts: 694


    I wouldn't use flex hose.
  10. tomcat11
    Joined: Mar 31, 2010
    Posts: 217

    from Kalifornia

    You can snug down a worm drive hose clamp on the hose, square, as a guide, then use utility, box cutter, exacto, razor blade etc. to cut. Go round and round. don't try to cut through all at once.
  11. bchctybob
    Joined: Sep 18, 2011
    Posts: 3,628


    I use tape or a clamp to mark a line around it, cut a starter hole with a razor blade or box cutter then use my sharpest Wiss sheet metal shears (M2, 'cause I'm right handed) to cut the rest along the line. Sometimes I get some fuzzies but I just scissor them off. Works ok. I'm too damn cheap to buy a special tool just for one occasional job.
    Somebody gave me a pair of Blue Point hose cutters that work great but they only go up to about 1"-1 1/4" hose. Great for fuel and heater hose though.
  12. Tried the love. Too hard to hold the hose. Ended up sliding a piece of wood dowel inside the hose and using the utility knife with tape as a guide. Worked pretty good. Will try the clamp as a guide next time.
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  13. bob b.
    Joined: Aug 30, 2009
    Posts: 185

    bob b.
    from peoria az.

    just cut the dam thing and move on
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    Joined: Dec 7, 2007
    Posts: 66


    Mark it with blue tape, cut along edge of tape with razor knife.
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  15. I have craftsman handi-cuts, but the pvc cutter works better
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  16. Joe Blow
    Joined: Oct 29, 2016
    Posts: 957

    Joe Blow

    I use a Gates hose cutter. On any blade type cutter, always use a lubricant on the blade.....soapy water, antifreeze, etc. Makes a night and day difference in the cut.

    Used one of these years ago but shortened my work bench every time I cut a hose....or made a sandwich.
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  17. Why not?
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