I used to use a couple needle nose pliers to make the z bends for throttle and choke cables. Eventually, I purchased a device made specifically for that task. While it doesn’t make as compact a bend as I like, I generally use it if I don’t want to take the time to remove the cables from the Cub Cadet. I’d thought I’d include a description here since it’s a process that’s pretty simple to duplicate. The bender looks like this:
To use the bender, insert the throttle wire in the hole in the end.
Notice in the above photo that the resulted z bend is not very compact and the bends are more rounded then I like. The device is easy to use and it’s pretty fail safe, but although it’s not obvious in the picture, it’s a fairly “wide” z bend.
If I have the cable removed from the tractor, I came up with another method that I prefer. I made a fixture by drilling a through hole (5/64″) in the side of a 1/2″ piece of steel from the scrap pile. Begin by placing the wire in a vice. The wire should be about a 1/4″ into the vice.
Again, I hope you find this article useful. I’m sure with a little creativity someone could come up with an even better and simpler bender. If you do, drop me an email. I’d be glad to hear from you.