I've got an Ariens 34"WAW mower, as a backup for my 52" Snapper Hydro mower, and I've had to put it into regular use as the electric clutch on the Snapper has failed and it'll be a couple weeks before the clutch comes in. Naturally, on literally the first place I'm going to use it on, the front control cable breaks. Call around, waste time going to a place that says they have the part, only to get there and be told that no, they don't, and other places tell me it'll maybe be two weeks before a replacement comes in, and I come up with the idea of fixing the cable, at least temporarily.
So, I bought about 8' of 1/16" stranded steel cable and a set of aluminum mashable connectors (https://www.rona.ca/en/sleeve
cut the existing, broken cable short (a little too short, as I forgot about leaving a bit extra to make a loop),
made a loop at that end with one of the sleeves,
fed the new cable through the old cable sheath,
made a loop with the end of the new cable (almost screwed up by not doing it through the loop I made with the original section, but screwed up anyway by not putting it through the lock nut for the cable sheath, so I had to feed the cable through the sheath a second time)
reconnected the cable at the drive section, and bolted the sheath in place,
fed the end of the new cable through the control handle
At this point, I started up the engine, then pulled on the cable until it was just before activating forward motion (which made for a brief time of excitement when I pulled too far and the mower started going forward, and wouldn't stop even after releasing the cable), and then used visegrips to hold the cable at the right length. Used it for several hours like this and it worked fine, and when I got home I put on a mashable sleeve to hold the cable at the right length instead of having visegrips hanging down and catching on things.
The fix should last at least the couple weeks until a new cable assembly comes in, and it only cost $5 and maybe a 1/2 or so of time.
Naturally, while typing this, I realize I should have just used the round plug, which probably could have slide into the spring of the original end I reused, so I could have replaced the entire cable instead of looping the old and new cables together...