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mattswabb



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PostPosted: Thu Aug 11, 2011 8:44 pm    Post subject: Glass Cutters Reply with quote

I bought one of the toyo custom grip glass cutters off eBay last week ($30) and also a pair of breaking pliers ($14).

http://www.freepatternsforstainedglass.com/toyo-custom-grip-glass-cutter.html

I was using a $5 cutter from Home Depot and no pliers and wasted a few good pieces of antique glass. Night and day difference, wish I bought this earlier. I played around with a piece of scap glass and made very nice straight cuts every time.

So if you're using a cheap cutter invest a small amount and you'll feel like a pro.

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Hannah



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PostPosted: Thu Aug 11, 2011 10:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I qoute Dino, my Automotive Technology teacher from high school: "There is nothing like having the right tool for the job. There is also nothing like having the wrong tool for the job." :)

I'm glad you found a tool to make your work easier! I'm such a noob, I'm discovering tools and techniques every day!

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rncx



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PostPosted: Fri Aug 12, 2011 12:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

i went to a diamond tipped cutter. the steel wheel ones are just so prone to dull, i can use the diamond tipped ones for year(s) before they lose their point.

http://www.gordonglassusa.com/item/545DGC/regular-head-diamond-tip-glass-cutter-545DGC.htm

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cabinfeverarts



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PostPosted: Fri Aug 12, 2011 2:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

As a glass "pro," I will advise that the best out there is the MacInnes Cutter. http://www.sunshineglass.com/rcol/c-tools/macinnes.htm

I used the Toyos previously and they are acceptable, but...they are NOT made in the USA. The MacInnes is made in the USA and the best part is that the wheel itself (not the wheel housing) is replaceable so you only have to spend a minimal amount when needing a new wheel.

If you don't like the grip on the MacInnes, then all you need to do is add a "cutter cozy" which only costs a few dollars. http://oaktreesg.com/mm5/graphics/00000001/cm-pistol-cozy.gif

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Skuce



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PostPosted: Wed Aug 17, 2011 10:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have a carbide wheel Toyo pencil cutter. I'll never go back to a regular steel wheel cutter again.

I have a cutter cozy too...and I couldn't stand using it :-S

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PostPosted: Sat Apr 14, 2012 6:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Jamison just stop in and we had a talk on the new video conference. It worked well.

He was asking what are good glass cutters.

I use the Inland brand "Heavy Duty Glass Cutter", with an oil reserve built into the handle. There are two styles, one like a pen, one with pistol grip.

Inland: 800 521-8428

I usually find them in stock where they sell stained glass craft supplies.

Let us know here if you find them on the internet.

I also use Novacan non-toxic cutting oil (8 fl.oz, $5.)

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SashGuy



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PostPosted: Sat Apr 14, 2012 2:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well guys, I guess that I'm a bit retarded. Never could cut a straight line and don't have $1,200 to spare for one of the rack cutters, so I use one of these. The 36" covers the majority of what I have to cut.
http://www.kentsupplies.com/t-cutters?product_id=95



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rncx



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PostPosted: Sat Apr 14, 2012 6:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

that's a pretty good find, if i had known one of those existed i would've gotten one a long time ago.
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SashGuy



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PostPosted: Thu May 17, 2012 9:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

rncx wrote:
that's a pretty good find, if i had known one of those existed i would've gotten one a long time ago.


If you do order one of these Rick, keep in mind that it is not synchronized out of the factory, but the scale is adjustable. Not being the brightest candle on the cake, I trashed a couple panes before I snapped to it. Once I set it up properly and did a few practice runs on flat glass, I haven't miss-cut or broken a single pane.
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