Fitel S-315 fiber cleaving tool, or replacement

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Our lab has a Fitel S-315 fiber cleaving tool.

Lately, all of us in the lab been having troubles getting good cleaves
with the tool, and I've begun wondering if the blade is worn.

Is it possible to replace the blade?  Or do I have to buy a new cleaving
tool?

If a blade replacement is possible, any ideas on where to get a new one?
  Neither Google nor the Fitel/Furukawa Electric website gave any clues.

If I have to buy a new cleaving tool, are there any recommendations?  As
a university lab, we don't have a lot of money to spend, so something
cheap(er) would be nice.  Or is the Fitel pretty much it, and the
cheaper cleaving tools largely junk?

Thanks in advance for any assistance.

Bob Pownall

Re: Fitel S-315 fiber cleaving tool, or replacement


Before you replace your blade, you should examine the following:

The first is whether the height of the blade is suitable? If not, you
can adjust the height to conform to cleaving. The right height is to
make the  edge of blade tough the fiber a little.

The second is that you can rotate the blade to a new position and then
try to cleave the fiber. In my memory one blade can be reused 12 times.

And these two don't do, you must change your blade.

I don't know whether it is useful .


Re: Fitel S-315 fiber cleaving tool, or replacement


You will also want to clean the blade with acetone.

Fiber Instrument Sales has a good line of cleavers.  They also sell new
blades for the Fitel cleavers, $255.  Fitel is by far my favorite
cleaver.  I have also used York and Fujikura.  The Fujikura is my second
favorite.  The cheapest by far is the traditional scribe for $30 but
takes a bit of practice.  To get a clean cleave with a scribe spit on
the fiber first.  The liquid helps the cut to propagate cleanly.

Anyway...
www.fiberinstrumentsales.com

P. Danek

Wooddoor wrote:

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danek wrote:
<Summary: Suggestions for cleaning the cleaving blade, as well as for
some other companies to look at.>

Thanks for the suggestions - I'll follow-up with Fiber Instrument Sales.
  We've bought some patch cords from them in the past; I didn't realize
they sold cleaving tools as well.

Bob Pownall

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Wooddoor wrote:
<Summary: Several suggestions of things to check before buying new blade.>

Thanks for the ideas, however I'm wondering if you're thinking of a
different model Fitel cleaver.

My S-315 cleaver is a "bend-and-break" model.  I don't see any provision
for adjusting the blade height, nor for rotating the blade.

Are you perhaps thinking of the Fitel S323 or S325A cleaver?

Or do I need to look at my cleaver more closely?

Bob Pownall

Re: Fitel S-315 fiber cleaving tool, or replacement


The S-315 is a Bend & Break cleaver if I'm thinking of the correct one.
It's hard to get good cleaves with that style cleaver in the first
place. You can get a good used precision cleaver like The fujikura
CT-07 or Fitel S-323 for the price of a new S-315.

To answer your question. You can get replacment blades but they are
expensive for what you get. I would price one of the Three step style
cleavers. Check places like www.ecrunch.com/ , www.surpluseq.com , or
www.trs-rentelco.com/.

Hope that helps.

Craig Kotla
www.lightpipefiber.com


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ckotla wrote:
<Summary: Comment that it's hard to get a good cleave with the S-315,
plus some suggestions about other cleavers and places to buy them.>

Thanks for the response.  I check on the other cleaving tools you
mentioned, as well as the suppliers you mentioned.

Bob Pownall

Re: Fitel S-315 fiber cleaving tool, or replacement


Opps I didn't notice the model number.  FIS has the blades for the bend
and break cleaver as well, $54, but I amend my previous comments.  I
prefer the S323 which is the precision cleaver which is like the
Fujikura one.  While I know the blade is movable in the S323 I have no
idea if it can be moved in the 315.

P. Danek

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