I had bought an Amazon cheaper version some time ago but was never satisfied with it. The xlc brand often left cut ends jagged and rough. The Park Tool cutter leaves a clean, easy cut time and time again. You get what you pay for and I wish I had only paid once, not twice.
Cuts cable great, cuts housing pretty clean but not perfect IMO (I admit I'm being fairly picky here). The next time I use this I will experiment with inserting a scrap piece of cable in the housing during housing cuts to try and minimize any crushing. The crimp function seemed to work fine. All in all it did the job and cable install was a success.
These cable cutters are awesome and I highly recommend them. Park Tool makes quality, professional grade tools and these cutters are no exception. I have a cheap pair of cable cutters that work OK, but these are far superior. The cable cuts easily and very clean.
This cutter works perfectly when cutting cables you need to not fray. I use it exclusively to cut my cables. I also use it to take off housing caps when you want to salvage them. I would not use it to cut housing since it will seal the ends.
Although a no-frills tool, it is a solid sturdy tool that should perform well for years. I am a home bike mechanic and have maintained, repaired, and upgraded all my families and many of my friend's bikes for for many years.
I was a bit hesitant to buy a tool that I may not use more than once a year but I decided to get it to put the finishing touches on my custom build and I'm glad I did. It made finishing the brake installation a breeze and the end result was perfect. So if you're installing new cables, don't hesitate, get it. You'll enjoy the end result of a perfectly finished cables every time you get on your bike.
I live by my Park tools. You may pay a small premium for tools like these but they last a lifetime. Reasonably priced in comparison but a great deal over the lifetime of the tool. These are great for the home mechanic or someone who's doing it for a living.
This is a perfect addition to the toolbox. The cutters are very sharp and perform a precise clean cut on both brake and derailleur cables. The crimping tool does the job every time, first time. Park Tools at their best.