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ShimanoTL-CT12 Cable Cutter


Item # SHI00BO

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  • Black, One Size ($63.00)
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Item # SHI00BO

Routine maintenance.

If you find yourself with a desire to spend an afternoon replacing your aging shift or brake cables at home, you're going to need Shimano's TL-CT12 Cable Cutter to get started. Updated slightly from the previous version, the TL-CT12 boasts sharper blades and improved longevity compared to its predecessor, and its chrome-plated carbon steel construction gives it rigidity while you work and the assurance that it'll be a tool you can keep around in your bench for a while. The TL-CT12 also features a built-in crimper and a needle for reshaping the housing after cutting. Shimano specifically shaped the handle opening and handles themselves to make using the cable cutter easy on your hands.

  • Cable cutters for home cable repairs
  • Sharp blades make for easy and quick cuts
  • New design boasts improved longevity
  • Built-in crimper and needle for reshaping housing

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Tech Specs
Other Toolscable end crimper
Recommended Usemaintenance
Manufacturer Warranty2 years

What do you think about this product?


>Rating: 4

Decent Cutters

I've used it several times

They worked very well for a re-cabling project without any signs of slowing down. There are some multi-function aspects like a spot to make the cut round again behind the hinge. The feel of the tool doesn’t say $60, but truck stop bargain bin. The performance is good. I expect it to continue to perform well for many more cuts. We’ll see. The problem with cutters is when they go, they’re gone.

>Rating: 4

Best for cutting brake housing

I've put it through the wringer

The curved jaws of these make cutting brake housing the cleanest and leaves less sharp edges, which reduces cable friction. Adding the pokie device to open up the housing ends is a nice touch.