Steel wire is made with hot-dipped zinc coating. So it is enough strong to hold heavy weights. And if you use steel cable, you may face the problem with the cutting process obviously.

Considering the problem, we have given a try to resolve your problem. We have analyzed and found some process and listed them into this article that will let you know how to cut steel cable. You will find here full of detailed information.

Let’s have a look-  

How to Cut Steel Cable: Wire and Metal Cutting Tools

What is the process to Cut Steel Cable

To overcome the problems that we have discussed earlier you must know the best processes to cut steel cable. And then you should know the process and after that, you should choose the best one according to your need.

So, first thing first, you have to know the processes in a brief. Here we have categorized the processes and then discussed the full process in bite-size chunks.

Using hacksaw and wood block

The first process that we want to suggest to cut steel cable is using hacksaw and wood block. It’s a fully manual process. If you don’t find anything you must know the manual process to do any job. Without any wire cutter, you can cut steel cable by using this process. Let’s have a look-

What you will need?

Using hacksaw and wood block

You will need some things-

  • A hacksaw
  • A wooden block
  • Drill machine
  • Vice

How to cut steel cable? : Step by step process

Step 1:

At first, take a wooden block at least 6-inch height with your preferable length and width.

Step 2:

Then drill the block according to the size of the steel cable. Cut all the way from the centre from the open end of the block. Cut up to one-inch depth from the drilled hole.

Step 3:

Take ordinary saw considering the hole into the wooden block. Pass the wire through the hole up to where you want to cut. Then cut the wire simply moving the hacksaw.

You will find the wire without any fray or coiled end.

Tips:

Don’t drill without maintaining the exact size of the steel cable. You need to set the cable into the hole freely. So, drill a little bit large than the size of the cable.

 

Using needle nose pliers

As steel cable is coated with the galvanization process so you can cut the steel cable by using sheer force. To apply shear force pliers or diagonal shear tool work best. These tools are also manual like the previous process. You won’t need any cutter. So, let’s see the process-

What you will need?

You will need-

  • Measuring tape
  • Permanent marker
  • Diagonal Shear
  • Needle pliers

How to cut? : Step by step process

Step 1:

At first, take a measure of how much you want to cut the steel cable with the help of measuring tape.

Step 2:

Then mark the wire up to the measured portion. Then place the portion of the wire to cut the cable.

Step 3:

Finally cut the cable with the help of the pliers or diagonal shear. Try to give pressure on the handle of the pliers as much as you can.

Using cold chisel

Another manual process which can be done using a simple handy tool named cold chisel. You can easily cut the steel cable without using any conventional cutter machine. Things are so easy. Let’s see-

What you will need?

Using cold chiselYou will need-

  • Electric tape
  • Cold chisel
  • Measuring tape
  • Hammer

How to cut? : Step by step process

Step 1:

At first, measure the wire and mark how much you want to cut through the wire.

Step 2:

Then wrap the wire before the marking and then wrap some portion also after the marking point. Then place the cold chisel on the wire.

Step 3:

Whack on the cold chisel and try to give some good whack. Automatically the portion will get cut off.

Using the rotary tool

This is the last process of How to Cut Steel Cable but not manual. This is the only automatic way that we want to suggest to you. Usually, we prefer manual ways but if you want to be professional then this tool will work best. Let’s see the process along with the needed materials.

Using the rotary toolWhat you will need?

You will need-

  • Rotary tool
  • Cutoff wheel
  • Vice
  • Measuring tool

How to cut? : Step by step process

Step 1:

You should use safety glass before cutting the wire. At first measure the wire with the measuring tape as usually. Then mark the part with the marker.

Step 2:

Now, run the cutter wheel. Run through the cable. But don’t run back and forth. Run from the upper side and then smoothly go through.

Finally, you will get a very professional smooth end.

Buyer’s Guide

Problems when Cutting a Steel Cable

First of all, let’s know about the problems that you may face in cutting steel cable.You can face two common problems when cutting the steel cable. Let’s see them-

  • The end of the steel cable can act like a fray. It looks like the rope that has been cut with a dull knife. And the problem is each end of the wire tends to bend but doesn’t come back to the original position.
  • And the second problem is if you try to saw the steel rope than the rope will move around and that will create a disturbance to give a clean cut.

Bottom line

You know now how to cut steel cable in different ways. We have tried to cover conventional ways actually. Conventional ways work perfectly here. We will suggest you follow the most comfortable way and that fully depends on you. It’s your choice to find the best one for you. But always try to ensure the safety. Best of luck.