Rotary Cutter Troubles

Discussion in 'General Slingshot Discussions' started by Jenko022, Oct 9, 2011.

  1. Jenko022

    Jenko022 New Member

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    Hi all,<br><br>I got a rotary cutter for making TB bands. When I cut along the my steel rule with it, it only cuts partialy through the rubber. The blade is sharp as I was able to cut leather no problem. The blade is in 5cm diameter.<br><br>Can anyone tell me if there is a certain way to use/hold the cutter while doing this, to ensure a clean line instead of the fraying I am getting at the moment. <br><br>Any help appreciatted.<br><br><br>Jenko022.
     
  2. gamekeeper john

    gamekeeper john New Member

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    are u using a self healing mat?
     

  3. Jenko022

    Jenko022 New Member

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    Yes I am. I also used an ordinary bread board. Got the same result.
     
  4. Ryan Wigglesworth

    Ryan Wigglesworth Senior Member

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    I have this issue as well on some bands, not that I cut too many, but I just press harder and it works...
     
  5. Antraxx

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    well, there are only 2 problems imo:<br><br>a) you did not cut the whole rubber with one draw.<br>it still is connected at some points.<br>solution: more pressure on your cutter<br><br>b) the rubber moves a bit and you can´t cut on a straight line.<br>solution: more pressure on the ruler, blade dull
     
  6. Jenko022

    Jenko022 New Member

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    Thanks for the help. It is a brand new cutter but maybe I have dulled the edge on the blade cutting on the breadboard.<br><br>Jenko022
     
  7. Aras

    Aras New Member

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    I wouldn't use a metal ruler, It could easily dull your blade. I use a wooden ruler myself
     
  8. Jenko022

    Jenko022 New Member

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    Had a search around on google and found a few ways to sharpen up the dull blade. One tip Was to run the blade several times over folded tin foil. Will try it and see how it goes. Will use the wooden rule from now on too.<br><br>Jenko022
     
  9. Cuthbert Allgood

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    this happened to me the first time i used a rotary cutter. i bought a new blade just in case and pressed harder and now have no problems. self healing mat is a must , for sure
     
  10. Ryan Wigglesworth

    Ryan Wigglesworth Senior Member

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    Self healing mat eh... tell me more? I use a piece of wood lol
     
  11. Jenko022

    Jenko022 New Member

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    I got one from amazon for less than £5. They give you a ruled layout to work on and its A3 size. Good investment.<br>
     
  12. porcelanowy

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    Yellow <img src="http://illiweb.com/fa/i/smiles/icon_smile.gif" alt="Smile" longdesc="2"><br><table width="90%" cellspacing="1" cellpadding="0" border="0" align="center">
    <tr><td><span class="genmed"><b>Ryan<br>Wigglesworth wrote:</b></span></td></tr>
    <tr><td class="quote">Self healing mat eh... tell me more? I use a piece of wood<br>lol</td></tr>
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    <span class="postbody"><br>I&rsquo;ve just got olfa CM-A4 mat and I must say it is huge improvement if it comes to cutting:<br><img src="http://img689.imageshack.us/img689/834/p606.jpg" border="0" alt=""><br><a href="http://www.olfa.com" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">www.olfa.com</a><br>You can find it pretty much everywhere in art or model making stores or on ebay.<br>Good stuff <img src="http://illiweb.com/fa/i/smiles/icon_smile.gif" alt="Smile" longdesc="2"><br>Cheers<br>Rafal</span>
     
  13. tommy

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    Hi Jenko<br>Another idea:<br>I saw on a youtube post somewhere not long ago about using<u><i> removable</i></u> painter's masking tape stuck direct onto whole the band, on the underside where you want to cut, prior to cutting.<br> Don't know what it does to the longevity or sharpness of the blade, but it seemed to stop the puckering effect when cutting. Haven't tried it yet though.<br>Let me know if it works!<br>Good luck<br>Tommy