A coil of steel wire rope with ferrules

How to cut steel wire rope

Steel wire rope is incredibly versatile. It comes in many different thicknesses and, thanks to its strong and tough construction, it has become a popular option for use around the home. But the question is – as a DIY home-owner – do you know how to cut wire rope safely and successfully?

It may seem like a simple task but, to ensure the best results, you will need the correct tools and an acute attention to detail.

5 steps to successfully cut steel wire rope

Step 1: Invest in the right tools

Cutting wire rope with the wrong tool is not only difficult, but it will also lead to poor results. This is why you should always check the thickness of the wire and select a suitable cutting tool for the job.

Here at Ropes Direct, we currently stock the Felco C7 Industrial Rope Cutting Tool – capable of cutting wire rope up to 4mm in diameter. It makes light work of our range of steel wire products, creating a clean cut every time, and is a worthwhile investment for most wire rope projects.

Step 2: Prepare for the job

Before you attempt to cut steel wire rope, it’s important to prepare both yourself and your work station. Start by making sure you have enough light – perhaps using an articulated lamp to illuminate the wire and improve your visibility. You should also consider wearing safety gloves – to increase your grip and prevent any injuries – and it may be worth setting-up a vice to hold the wire in place.

Step 3: Measure the wire rope carefully

As the old adage goes, you should always ‘measure twice and cut once’. A piece of wire that has been incorrectly measured may be unusable, so it’s vital that you double-check before wielding the cutters. Take your time. Pull out the wire rope from the spool and, once you have carefully measured out the required length, use a dark felt-tip pen to mark out exactly where you need to cut.

Step 4: Cut the wire rope quickly but steadily

It’s now time to start cutting. Carefully place the steel rope into the cutting tool, taking care to line it up with the mark you just made, and apply a steady and consistent level of pressure. This technique will ensure you get a clean, professional cut first time – particularly if using the correct cutters.

Step 5: Apply the finishing touches

Once your measured piece of wire rope has been cut, there are just a few final touches to be done. These aren’t essential, but they can significantly improve the rope’s appearance and function.

For example, here at Ropes Direct, we currently stock a pair of one-hand crimping tongs and a wide range of aluminium ferrules. These are a great way to create a natural ‘stop’ on the wire and they will significantly reduce the likelihood of stray strands in the future.

Crimping tools for use with steel wire rope

Get in touch for further advice and guidance

If you would like to find out more about steel wire rope and how to ensure a  safe, successful cut, please feel free to get in touch. Our team of experts demonstrate excellent knowledge in this area and can advise on both the best wire rope and the correct tools for the job.

So why not call us today on 01692 671721? Alternatively, send an email to [email protected] and we’ll get back to you as soon as we can. Cutting steel wire rope isn’t difficult and – with our help – you’ll be snipping it down to size and using it around the home in no time.

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