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There is a small tool available at Harbor Freight for less than 4 dollars that does an anazing job. It is called a hose cutter. Comes in two sizes, one for heater hose and the other for hose up to three inch diameter, Wayne

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Are you taking the hose off the connection necks or are you putting it on?  If it is an old hose(s) and you are going to put new replacements back on - then use an utility knife and cut past the connection neck and peel it off.  For a new hose, I turned a slightly larger than the I. D. of the hose wooden dowel rod to a snug fit in the hose, put it in my lathe and used a SHARP utility knife blade to cut the hose to the length I wanted.  Be sure and run the lathe in reverse so that the hose material is pulling away from you.  You will end up with a crisp, clean cut that you will be proud to show anyone.  I try to do everything in a very simple and meticulous manner that I do not have to apologize for.

 

Terry Wiegand

South Hutchinson, Kansas

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There is a small tool available at Harbor Freight for less than 4 dollars that does an anazing job. It is called a hose cutter. Comes in two sizes, one for heater hose and the other for hose up to three inch diameter, Wayne

Can't find it at harbor freight? What is the actual name?

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Are you taking the hose off the connection necks or are you putting it on?  If it is an old hose(s) and you are going to put new replacements back on - then use an utility knife and cut past the connection neck and peel it off.  For a new hose, I turned a slightly larger than the I. D. of the hose wooden dowel rod to a snug fit in the hose, put it in my lathe and used a SHARP utility knife blade to cut the hose to the length I wanted.  Be sure and run the lathe in reverse so that the hose material is pulling away from you.  You will end up with a crisp, clean cut that you will be proud to show anyone.  I try to do everything in a very simple and meticulous manner that I do not have to apologize for.

 

Terry Wiegand

South Hutchinson, Kansas

Puting it on. I have a 3 ft section and need to size to 9 inches long.

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Any good SHARP blade will do the job. Lubricate with water. Trying to cut dry you will have a hard time trying to keep the cut straight.

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I haven't tried it that I can recall but I bet a chop saw would cut one pretty nicely as long as it didn't have the wire in it.  

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You're making this harder than it really is. Like Mark Shaw says use a worm drive hose clamp as a guide and cut with a utility knife with a wet blade.

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You're making this harder than it really is. Like Mark Shaw says use a worm drive hose clamp as a guide and cut with a utility knife with a wet blade.

Thanks. The only reason I am asking was that I told the guy at NAPA that I was going to cut hose with a razor knife and he said well you will get an uneven edge with that. It was like a big secret as to cut a rubber hose the right way.

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There are many ways of cutting hose or pipe but we were told at trade school to run a ring of masking tape around the pipe or hose and cut to that.

 

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Al 

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I haven't tried it that I can recall but I bet a chop saw would cut one pretty nicely as long as it didn't have the wire in it.  

 

 

 A chop saw works very well, even with wire in the hose!  (as long as you don't mind the smell of burning rubber) Use light pressure and you will get a nice square cut. I do it all the time.

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 A chop saw works very well, even with wire in the hose!  (as long as you don't mind the smell of burning rubber) Use light pressure and you will get a nice square cut. I do it all the time.

The wire might not be the best thing for $50 diablo blade though.   It works real slick to cut cork into very thin strips to replace the cork in headlights.  You just roll the cork up put a piece of tape around it to hold it and cut.   I had to use 2 pieces side by side but it was a really clean job when done. 

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I haven't tried it that I can recall but I bet a chop saw would cut one pretty nicely as long as it didn't have the wire in it.  

 

Just be sure and blow the hose out when done. This way leaves quite a bit of rubber residue inside the hose.

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I love it when VERY DIFFICULT tasks are explained in detail, Lol.

Now cutting stainless steel braided hose, for some can be trying, but radiator hose, NOT.

Dale in Indy

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I would wrap some duct tape around either the braided stainless or the radiator hose and cut thru the tape.

I use a die grinder.

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I use one similar two this: http://www.ebay.com/itm/Mighty-Cutter-Hose-and-Cable-Cutter-Fuel-Line-Cutter-Vinyl-Air-Hose-Cutting-Tool-/321538801198?hash=item4add34be2e:g:CRsAAOSwVFlUKycN

 

On fuel tank filler hoses or larger diameter stuff I wrap a piece of electrical tape to mark the edge and take a couple of nibbles. I have probably had it for 25 years.

 

The tricky part is removing the old hose. They can bond to copper nipples and the guys who twist them off can break solder joints and the like. I always make a longitudinal slice in the hose along the top of the fitting and then use a screwdriver tip to, gently, peel the hose away. I put all new hoses on my Packard with that technique last year and didn't break anything.

Bernie

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The wire might not be the best thing for $50 diablo blade though.   It works real slick to cut cork into very thin strips to replace the cork in headlights.  You just roll the cork up put a piece of tape around it to hold it and cut.   I had to use 2 pieces side by side but it was a really clean job when done. 

 The chop saw that I use has an 14" abrasive wheel on it and will cut through anything very cleanly.

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Any really expensive Steak Knife from your wife's "good" set ---

 

them the steam and piercing sounds she emits will melt the edge smooth --

----  and you'll get to sleep without her telling you to stop snoring....

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