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Old 07-07-2018, 10:55 PM   #11
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That would be the very reason FB suggested them. Might get some for similar jobs, if I can find some.
I think it might be a " get what you pay for" a couple of rods down the line and the cutting edge will be dented abit....
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Old 07-07-2018, 10:56 PM   #12
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The first time I decided to trim a points operating rod I did so with the cutting edge on a pair of pliars. I was very surprised at how much time and effort was required to cut the rod and then of course it flew across the room to end up god knows where.

I don't like having to use a lot of force as, inevitably, something ends up a little out of control. The next time I trimmed a points operating rod I did it with a cutting disc in my battery Dremmel. Took a couple of seconds, required no force and the end was picked up and put in the bin. The battery Dyson removed the grinds in another second and I was left with a neat quick and easy job.

I prefer not to use side cutters or cutting edges on pliars for something as tough as this again.

Forgot to mention, it also damaged the cutting edge on my pliars.

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Old 08-07-2018, 07:47 AM   #13
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I think it might be a " get what you pay for" a couple of rods down the line and the cutting edge will be dented abit....

Exactly tinker but at that price who cares. You’d be well hacked off if that happened to a 20 quid pair.
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Old 08-07-2018, 08:58 AM   #14
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Exactly tinker but at that price who cares. You’d be well hacked off if that happened to a 20 quid pair.
I have some side cutters there roughly 9" long and i think they were sourced from a car boot sale some 30 years back, they have dealt with my 60'ish point rods and are unscathed so far.....
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They may originally have been a cheap pair tinker.

I just change my points handraulically.
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I cut mine with a disc in the dremmel so dont ruin all my pliers and side cutters. There is always a correct tool for the job.
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They may originally have been a cheap pair tinker.

I just change my points handraulically.
I will scan them for a name......the original use was for RG45 Ariel cable that's the thick stuff......
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A Dremel can overheat the pin causing it to melt the plastic tie bar, rendering the point useless.
Much cheaper to ‘risk’ a pair of side cutters than buying replacement points.
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Also it a disc throws minute metal filings about. Best kept away from points.
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Also it a disc throws minute metal filings about. Best kept away from points.
The Dyson normally sorts that out Brian.
If you cut hardened steels rod with side cutters you are likely to take out somebody else's eye. A moddeller friend of mine was cutting piece off a point motor and he broke a pint glass which was standing on the bench.
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