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15th April 2009, 10:15 PM
was looking for wire to wire up my cocktail cab and wanted to keep it nice and neat, I had a heap of old wire lying around, mostly the same color etc
then I found I had a heap of old parallell printer cables, after cutting of the end I had around 36 wires all different colors in a nice neat harness.
So if you havent thought of it, use a printer cable, you can pick these up almost anywhere for next to nothing.
1 5ft cable wired my whole cocktail cab both sides.

15th April 2009, 10:59 PM
Yep.. Good idea.

I've used CAT5 cable in the past.

16th April 2009, 09:34 PM
nice tip. always good to make use of stuff that would otherwise be landfill (",)

i bought cat5 and now i think about it, at the time i would have had at least a couple of old printer cables sitting around...

23rd April 2009, 03:37 PM
been doing that for a fair few years. Thought it would have been a common practice?

Arcade King
23rd April 2009, 05:54 PM
good post thanks for sharing your tip :)

8th May 2009, 10:28 AM
Another good source of cable with higher current handling capabilities is rolls of trailer wire..

It comes in either 5 and 7 multi-colored cores and wrapped in a black protective sheath which can be easily removed, relatively cheap and available at places like Repco, Super Cheap etc. This stuff is great for wiring up control panels etc..



13th November 2009, 12:38 PM
You can try cat 5 (ethernet) cable too.

(If only I'd read the earlier post suggesting exactly the same thing)


13th November 2009, 12:47 PM
All good Mrs Nipey, all good :)

13th November 2009, 01:30 PM
All good Mrs Nipey, all good :)

i think thats mr snipey :lol

17th November 2009, 11:49 AM
Mrs Nipey ........ :lol very clever....just tickled my fancy, that :redface:unsure

14th August 2010, 04:21 PM
I've recently started back on my Mame cab. This gives me and idea for old IDE cables. AT LAST! I new I kept dozens for a reason. :D

14th August 2010, 05:58 PM
Not a great idea if you ask me. You couldn't find lower quality wire if you tried.

Decent wire isn't exactly expensive.

18th August 2010, 04:41 PM
thanks for the tip. I know it's been up a while but a new control panel is underway and this just made my wiring job heaps easier.
Remebered where i saw it so thought you deserved a thanks.

22nd October 2011, 04:15 AM
+1 vote for the 7 core trailer wire.

It is just nice and fat for installing your spade plugs onto easily.
Wire your machine up as 1 loom per stick and one per button set.

22nd May 2016, 01:03 PM
After reading this thread, I have just used this, very handy!


16th October 2016, 06:03 AM
That is genius. I will be looking at this in my upcoming cab build.

Great tip. Cheers