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5.0 out of 5 stars Not 'Universal', but a great tool., 18 Feb 2011
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.. Don't know where the 'Universal' came from, because this is quite a specialist tool. In the instructions it says it's for cutting "..soft, flexible materials, up to 6mm thick", and it does this really well.

The cutter is like a sharpened 50 pence coin, which slices against a spring-loaded plate in the shoe (almost like rotary scissors). Because it slits material rather than sawing it, if you cut ridgid sheets, the blade will jam. A toothed saw cuts itself a slot for the blade to fit in, but this blade needs the material to flex out of its way.

I'm using it to cut felt. I was cutting it with scissors, which was really hard work. With this tool the roughing-out is very easy, and quicker. Because I'm cutting curves which need to be super-accurate, I'm still doing the final trim with scissors, but straight lines are easy, and with more practice, I hope to be able to do all the cutting with this tool.

If you use it instead of a Stanley knife, another advantage is that you don't have to worry about cutting the surface underneath, because the cutting happens between the blade and the shoe.

The instructions say that one charge will cut 50 metres of 6mm carpet.

I found the safety button a bit annoying at first, but once the trigger is pulled, you don't need to hold the button down.

Like any small power-tool, there's the risk of underestimating the hazards. It's very sharp and very powerful, so I would keep it for the workshop, and not use it as a general household gadget. Certainly don't let children anywhere near it.

I suspect it's half-price because it's had a disappointing reception as a universal cutter- but if you want it for the specialist cutter that it is- it's a bargain. I've just ordered a second one as a present for a friend who works with leather.

Give me a click if you found this useful, so I'll feel better about doing this instead of getting on with my work!
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Initial post: 15 Apr 2011 22:11:02 BDT
PenGirl says:
Very useful and sensible review: the bit about material flexibility is especially helpful. Your time was well spent, thank you!

Posted on 9 Nov 2011 19:01:43 GMT
helpful comment, so probably no good for what I had in mind, cutting Amtico vinyl tiles.
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