Anybody seen anything like this before?

The way I cut flexible steel conduit is I first crack it like a crab at the point I want to cut and when it separates I cut it with side cutters. A while back I had taken out about ten feet of it from an old house for some reason I dont remember now. It was in real good shape so I saved it in case I needed it some day. So a few days ago I needed a short enough piece and I remembered that old conduit I had saved. I measured it and grasped it with both hands and tried to crack it at the point I wanted to cut. Either they have different grades of flexible steel conduit and nobody told me or they must have made those extra strong in the old days because there was no way I could crack it. It was like trying to bend EMT with my bare hands. I finally had to cut it with a hacksaw.
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The way I cut flexible steel conduit is I first crack it like a crab at the point I want to cut and when it separates I cut it with side cutters. A while back I had taken out about ten feet of it from an old house for some reason I dont remember now. It was in real good shape so I saved it in case I needed it some day. So a few days ago I needed a short enough piece and I remembered that old conduit I had saved. I measured it and grasped it with both hands and tried to crack it at the point I wanted to cut. Either they have different grades of flexible steel conduit and nobody told me or they must have made those extra strong in the old days because there was no way I could crack it. It was like trying to bend EMT with my bare hands. I finally had to cut it with a hacksaw.
There were a number of types of flexible steel conduit, some way stronger than others, such as Sprague. Using a hacksaw at a diagonal was always the proper way to cut them
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The way I cut flexible steel conduit is I first crack it like a crab at the point I want to cut and when it separates I cut it with side cutters. A while back I had taken out about ten feet of it from an old house for some reason I dont remember now. It was in real good shape so I saved it in case I needed it some day. So a few days ago I needed a short enough piece and I remembered that old conduit I had saved. I measured it and grasped it with both hands and tried to crack it at the point I wanted to cut. Either they have different grades of flexible steel conduit and nobody told me or they must have made those extra strong in the old days because there was no way I could crack it. It was like trying to bend EMT with my bare hands. I finally had to cut it with a hacksaw.
*Yep. There are different thicknesses or were. I bought some Greenfield last week and noticed on the receipt that it said "Reduced wall". I still cut it diagonally with a hacksaw like RBM said and then trim it with my BX cutters. The easiest to cut is the aluminum Greenfield.
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Doesn't everybody have one of these?
http://www.seatekco.com/images/rs-101-1c2.jpg
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wrote:

Doesn't everybody have one of these?
http://www.seatekco.com/images/rs-101-1c2.jpg
After years of using the hacksaw, I did buy one for a job where there was no margin for error. The hacksaw is faster!
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On 1/24/2011 8:09 AM, Limp Arbor wrote:

I have several, I even have one that cuts 3/4" flex. I use it in conjunction with a razor knife to cut metallic Sealtite. :-)
TDD
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