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Shortening Bars

Post by Chew » Fri Mar 06, 2020 1:58 pm

I have a pair of Woodchippers and i'm finding them too long with index shifters mounted on the end.

Whats the easiest way to knock 40/50mm of the end of each one?

Could just get the hacksaw out, but i'd probably make a mess of it.

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Re: Shortening Bars

Post by Bearbonesnorm » Fri Mar 06, 2020 2:03 pm

Yep, either a hacksaw or if you're posh, a pipe cutter the same as used for plumbing although you'll require a fairly heavy duty version.
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Re: Shortening Bars

Post by Chew » Fri Mar 06, 2020 2:15 pm

They're not cheap are they :shock:

Probably easier to pay someone a few quid to sort it out

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Re: Shortening Bars

Post by pistonbroke » Fri Mar 06, 2020 2:23 pm

Pipe cutters, even cheap ones, work surprisingly well especially on alu tube. You could also use a saw guide as used for cutting steerer tubes or seatposts if you want a clean square cut.

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Re: Shortening Bars

Post by ton » Fri Mar 06, 2020 2:23 pm

a saw guide and hacksaw. I have a saw guide if you need one
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Re: Shortening Bars

Post by pistonbroke » Fri Mar 06, 2020 2:41 pm

Ive got the same guide but not quite as convenient as Ton :smile:

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Re: Shortening Bars

Post by redefined_cycles » Fri Mar 06, 2020 3:18 pm

Bearbonesnorm wrote:
Fri Mar 06, 2020 2:03 pm
Yep, either a hacksaw or if you're posh, a pipe cutter the same as used for plumbing although you'll require a fairly heavy duty version.
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Re: Shortening Bars

Post by Landslide » Fri Mar 06, 2020 4:14 pm

Far too many sensible suggestions here...

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Re: Shortening Bars

Post by Shewie » Fri Mar 06, 2020 4:26 pm

I use a hacksaw, then tidy up the wonky bits with a file afterwards

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Re: Shortening Bars

Post by In Reverse » Fri Mar 06, 2020 5:58 pm

Could you not just make your arms longer?

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Re: Shortening Bars

Post by gairym » Fri Mar 06, 2020 7:36 pm

Shewie wrote:
Fri Mar 06, 2020 4:26 pm
I use a hacksaw, then tidy up the wonky bits with a file afterwards
This ^

But also, mark a line the full circumference of the cut you want to make and attack it from multiple positions turning the bars a little each time to avoid straying as the cut progresses.

Nowt wrong with a hacksaw in the absence of other options if you take a bit of time and effort to do it nicely.

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Re: Shortening Bars

Post by BigdummySteve » Fri Mar 06, 2020 8:00 pm

Chew, I thought the same when I fitted the 12 speed bar end to my woodchippers, I got used to it and having to move the hands might help relieve some strain?

If you want to chop them I’ve found the best tool is a decent rotary pipe cutter, don’t bother with one of the mini ones as they tend to drift. They have a rotary blade and rollers, go gently with the first cut then when it’s cut a decent track keep winding on pressure on every few revolutions until you’re through. They make a perfectly square cut, just need to take the sharp edges off.
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