I have had a number of emails over the past couple of years asking about disc cutters. One of my very first Tool Time Tuesday posts was a comparison of disc cutters. Recently someone asked me if I had a different opinion of the “cheapie” disc cutters now since I had a hydraulic press.
I do not like the cheapie cutters when I have to use a hammer to punch out my disc. They tend to rattle the metal before making a cut and then I am left with metal that has been marked and dinged up and pretty much useless. Now that I have the hydraulic presses, yes, I suppose these cutters work. They still are nowhere near as good as a good quality cutter, but I no longer have to worry about the dings due to the metal moving on me. with a press, there is constant pressure pushing the cutter through. With my lower quality cutters, there is still a bit of a bur from the punch not having a perfect fit in the hole.
In this video I show you the difference between a good and not so high quality cutter. I also discuss a little about how I store and maintain my cutters. I also show you how to use a disc cutter, both with a hammer and the hydraulic press.
Video link: http://youtu.be/ggDl4hvY3vU
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