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Sprue cutters
Posted by xenon55 on Wednesday, January 13, 2021 11:48 AM

I'm looking for a recommendation on a second set of sprue cutters. I currently have a set of Xuron 410 micro shears, but want something with narrower blades. My thinking is that the narrower blades would be a better option when trying to remove small, delicate parts from a sprue without them getting tweaked.

Jay

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  • From: USA
Posted by keavdog on Wednesday, January 13, 2021 11:53 AM

I just got these before Christmas.  They work great and shear off sprue super clean.  Only caveat is they aren't great on thicker sprue

https://www.micromark.com/Tweezer-Sprue-Cutter-Despruing-Tweezer

 

Thanks,

John

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Posted by Eaglecash867 on Wednesday, January 13, 2021 12:27 PM

That Xuron 410 is my main sprue cutter, but for super delicate parts that might snap in half, I use a jewelers saw with an 8/0 blade.  Cuts quickly but gently so it doesn't put angular stress on the part.  Also works great for removing clear polycarbonate pieces from the sprue that tend to be a lot more brittle and more likely to crack when removed with a normal sprue cutter.

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Posted by montague on Wednesday, January 13, 2021 1:44 PM

keavdog

I just got these before Christmas.  They work great and shear off sprue super clean.  Only caveat is they aren't great on thicker sprue

https://www.micromark.com/Tweezer-Sprue-Cutter-Despruing-Tweezer

 

 

I wholeheartedly agree! I have used them for 10 years and they do a great close cut with litle or no nub left. 

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  • From: Poland
Posted by Pawel on Wednesday, January 13, 2021 2:54 PM

Hello!

I always say look up an electronics store for cutters - you have a better selection and probably better prices, too (you can also get ultra expensive cutters there).

HOWEVER if the part is really delicate, your best bet is to use a razor saw on at least some of the attachment points.

Good luck with your builds and have a nice day

PaweĊ‚

All comments and critique welcomed. Thanks for your honest opinions!

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  • From: Central CT
Posted by xenon55 on Wednesday, January 13, 2021 6:09 PM

I wasn't aware of the jewelers saw and will look into that. I do have an Olfa saw that I've yet to use. Has anyone used the photoetch saw blades that Tamiya offers? I'm curious how they hold up. 

I think I'm going to order the Micro-Mark tweezer sprue cutter that keavdog and montague recommended though.


Jay

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  • From: Michigan
Posted by Straycat1911 on Wednesday, January 13, 2021 6:53 PM

montague

 

 
keavdog

I just got these before Christmas.  They work great and shear off sprue super clean.  Only caveat is they aren't great on thicker sprue

https://www.micromark.com/Tweezer-Sprue-Cutter-Despruing-Tweezer

 

 

 

 

I wholeheartedly agree! I have used them for 10 years and they do a great close cut with litle or no nub left. 

 

 

I second (or is it third) this! Best snippers ever for delicate pieces. 
Your Xuron ones are great for general purpose cutting. 

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  • From: Willamette Valley, Oregon
Posted by goldhammer on Wednesday, January 13, 2021 7:39 PM

Take a look at the jeweler's saw and blades in the micro mark catalog.  Got a set, but have yet to use it.  Not a bad price considering.

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Posted by steve5 on Wednesday, January 13, 2021 8:51 PM

I bought a pair of DSPIAR cutters , they are dear , but they are very good . they have a flat side and a blade side , not sure how the physics works , but they don't shoot the little pieces off of the sprue .

 

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  • From: New Braunfels, Texas
Posted by Tanker-Builder on Thursday, January 14, 2021 10:12 AM

Hi;

     Don't laugh! I bought, at my Local Hobby Shop, a set of Photo etched saws. Yup! Photoetched Stainless in different thicknesses even! They have little Non-Skid finger pads on some. Others you just have to be gentle with. The thinnest is the thickness of a sheet of paper. The thickest is the approximate thickness of a credit card.

    Remember Paisley Shirts? Some are shaped like the very organic paisleys! Yeah, and some are darned near amoebas! Each shape is designed to do a job, which you will find very neat overall.The set has I believe eight to twelve in it .I have lost some and added some. Best Buy in tools I ever made! The straight ones were a godsend for their small size

      I now have absolutely total control over canopy removal from sprues and no damage from the pressure exerted by the jaws of a sprue cutter! 

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  • From: Bethlehem PA
Posted by the Baron on Thursday, January 14, 2021 10:29 AM

xenon55

I'm looking for a recommendation on a second set of sprue cutters. I currently have a set of Xuron 410 micro shears, but want something with narrower blades. My thinking is that the narrower blades would be a better option when trying to remove small, delicate parts from a sprue without them getting tweaked.

Jay 

You can always go old-school and use what many modelers used, back in the day:

You can find that in the Health & Beauty section of your grocery store, or at the local drugstore.

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