Rotary cutter recommendations.

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Rotary cutter recommendations.

Postby Lamont » Tue 27 Oct, 2020 7:08 pm

Are there any preferred models/companies that anyone has found durable based on anyone's real world experience?
Might see if I can hunt one down. Will be cutting anything from Argon to Cordura.
If you know an Oz stockist that would be good too.
I have good scissors -I'm not after them.
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Re: Rotary cutter recommendations.

Postby Petew » Wed 28 Oct, 2020 9:29 am

I bought one then stuffed it on first use stupidly cutting along the edge of a metal ruler. Now I just use a metal ruler and a box cutter.
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Re: Rotary cutter recommendations.

Postby gayet » Wed 28 Oct, 2020 10:02 am

Spotlight have quite a few versions. I don't use one so no comment on quality. But should be easy to see in person now. Or have delivered.
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Re: Rotary cutter recommendations.

Postby Petew » Wed 28 Oct, 2020 10:25 am

Anything with the word (marketing) Titanium on it should be ok. Blades are expensive. I think one would be handy for lightweight fabrics like argon. Durability wise the Fiskars one I got was solid enough but the blades won't last long on tough synthetic fabrics. I cut quite a lot of DCF, X-Pac, pack cloth, cordura etc using a aluminium ruler with a rubber strip on its underside and a box cutter. DCF eats blades for breakfast....
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Re: Rotary cutter recommendations.

Postby Mark F » Wed 28 Oct, 2020 10:41 am

I use a cheap rotary cutter for lightweight fabrics and netting. For heavier materials that don't distort and stay in place a steel rule and box cutter is fine.

Addition: for uncoated fabrics I often use a soldering iron and straight edge with cement sheet underneath - I always heat seal the edges of uncoated fabrics and tape.
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Re: Rotary cutter recommendations.

Postby Lamont » Wed 28 Oct, 2020 12:46 pm

Petew wrote:I bought one then stuffed it on first use stupidly cutting along the edge of a metal ruler.

:shock: Youch.
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Re: Rotary cutter recommendations.

Postby Lamont » Wed 28 Oct, 2020 12:51 pm

Meant to say I have a box type cutter and it's fine. Razor sharp.
Yep, Ta Pete, Fiskars and Clover keep popping up and as you said the cost/attrition of wheels is steep.
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