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How to cut 3/4" Yale bull rigging rope

littleRoot

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Morning, I think,,

I have 600ft of Yale 3/4" XTC 12-Strand Bull Rope that is made from 12-strand single braid of polyester.

To cut the rope into 200ft lengths?

I assume that a electric rope cutter is the best way,
Which one (type/brand) is a good cutter?

Amazon has this one
"West Coast Paracord Electric Rope Cutter - 120 Volt 48 Watt Thermal Hot Knife"
it heat up to 1200 degs.


Thanks for the help/advise
Ed.
 

SeanKroll

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Tape it tight. Razor knife straight through the tape. Torch on the ends.

Stuff you already have around.


Welcome.

Why 3/4"? Almost nobody needs 3/4".
 

Jonny

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Hi Ed, welcome!

I've always wrapped electrical tape on it, then cut in the middle of the taped part with a sharp knife, then melt the ends with a cigarette lighter.

I've read of other people heating up a knife with a propane torch and then cutting the rope. I imagine it ruins the temper of the blade, so I wouldn't use a fine knife that is dear to me.

The arborist supply shops and probably boating supply shops use electric hot knives like you're talking about. Probably fast and simple, but I am too cheap to spend money on something that would get used so rarely.
I haven't looked up the one you're talking about yet, but it says it's for paracord which is, what 1/16"? It might work, but might be too small for bull ropes like your 3/4".
 

Tree09

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Welcome to the house!!

I have a hank of 5/8 treemaster i use for heavy work, never needed to catch anything more than that in the midwest. Also about the best stuff ever for natural crotching, which i utilize as much as i can. I am a wimp tho and don't take pieces the size of cars :lol:

Tape for about 3 inches, then cut through the tape and rope with a razor sharp knife. That's how it's done at the supply house. If you want you can then melt the ends by taking a propane torch or candle to it, but a melted end will crack and then unravel, and will snag on everything almost ensuring that it frays. I personally whip my ends, get a palm, big needle, and some whipping cord from Marlow or similar, and do a sailmakers whipping on the end. It will last the life of the rope, and will never come undone, and is the correct way to end a rope imo. If you buy tools, buy this stuff rather than a hot knife, you will use it for splicing too (finishing splices and the like), a hot knife isn't a substitute for whipping and has little use for rope other than hacking ends off in a production setting when you don't care about the rope ends.
 

MasterBlaster

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Tape is cool, but melting the ends trumps all. I tape it, cut it, then BARELY dip the end into my sawgas and light it up. Then I use a stick to smear/shape the melting end into a nice gooey but neat mess, then blow it out.

The only reason I tape it is to make a neat cut - NOT to bind the rope. Melting it usually frigs the tape up, anyway. After melting I'll usually remove the tape.
 

ruel

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Ceramic kitchen knives work great for cutting rope, even tech stuff like Kevlar. Harbor freight has then for about 6$. I like to pull the last inch of core out, cut it off and whip the cover. Melting is way faster and easier though.
 

SeanKroll

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Most people who need 3/4" don't ask for cutting tips.

Sometimes, someone new thinks bigger is better, especially if snubbing stuff off, which can break a tree.
 

treebilly

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I keep 1/2” and 3/4” and that’s it. 3/4” will handle anything out there. To cut it I just tape it off well and use a sharp fillet knife (as Rajan has shown). Burn the ends and shape a bit. I’m not into cutting trees in half most times so a 3/4” only gets brought out on large spars. 1/2” stablebraid is my go to
 

flushcut

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1/2" and 5/8" SB see action daily I keep a 110' 3/4 SB for trunk wood, tying off the bucket on a hill, pulling logs, but usage is one or twice in two weeks on average sometimes longer.

I'd say 90% of all my rigging is 1/2" SB.
 
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