Tool Reccomendation

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Moe's Comment
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I am finding more and more that I need a good set of cutters which can cut the type of seal that I have posted in the pic, anyone have a recommendation, I have Pittsburgh steel dikes currently and yea, I need a proper set of cutters….

Moe's Comment
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Bruce K.'s Comment
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I have a small sized bolt cutter that works well. Got it at Harbor Freight. A large size vice grip with the cutter up by the handle also works well. What I just got but haven't used yet is a cordless 4 & 1/2" angle grinder from DeWalt. I think that will come in very handy to have in the truck.

Robert B. (The Dragon) ye's Comment
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These are what I use. They slice right through with little effort.

Mr. Curmudgeon's Comment
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Not sure where you're based, but I have a pair of cutters that I bought at Menards that did the job perfectly as well. Yes, these are a made in chynah item, but they have a lifetime warranty - if the blades stop working take them back and they'll give you a replacement. Used mine for five years cutting cable seals off of intermodal containers, never had an issue. And they're ten bucks vs. forty.

Intermodal:

Transporting freight using two or more transportation modes. An example would be freight that is moved by truck from the shipper's dock to the rail yard, then placed on a train to the next rail yard, and finally returned to a truck for delivery to the receiving customer.

In trucking when you hear someone refer to an intermodal job they're normally talking about hauling shipping containers to and from the shipyards and railyards.

Harvey C.'s Comment
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The cable cutters are the best tool for that like posted by Robert above. Bruce, the angle grinder can come in handy. My son now has mine on his truck (I rarely have an unplanned need for it), he picked up a trailer that the prior driver had left his very heavy duty lock on. Fortunately, he was passing nearby here on his way to a Costco DC. I don't know how often something like this happens, it's his first time in just over a year.

Bruce K.'s Comment
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Harvey, the angle grinder is overkill for small cables used for trailer seals, but if you happen to lose the key from a padlock, the grinder is great for getting the lock off.

Crooks are using them to cut catalytic converters off vehicles near where I live. Some people can find a dishonest use for any tool that comes out. Sad

Harvey C.'s Comment
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Bruce, I didn't recommended the cable cutters for the cable seal. The angle grinder could do the job pretty quick, though! LOL

My son had his locked bicycle at college stolen, probably to somebody with an angle grinder. Some folks spend lots of money on expensive bicycle locks and the angle grinder eats through them all.

PackRat's Comment
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These are four of the seven cutters I use. The other three are a large bolt cutter, a hacksaw, and a cordless grinder.

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These are the type you need from those four. Same type that Robert illustrated.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Mikey B.'s Comment
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These are what I use. They slice right through with little effort.

These actually don't work that well for steel cables and are mediocre on flat metal seals. I bought this pair from Lowe's or home depot for around $30. Just now looking at them it says Do not cut steel or ACSR which is aluminum-conductor steel reinforced cable. Guess that's why they don't work that well for me lol.

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