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NWSL Chopper vs Chopper II?

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  • Member since
    July, 2016
  • From: NYC
NWSL Chopper vs Chopper II?
Posted by Johnny1000 on Wednesday, October 12, 2016 10:43 AM

I've scoured the internets and haven't been able to find a good comparative review...

Is the Chopper II actually worth the extra $ over the Chopper I for light use? 

Also, if what you really care about is precision more than repeatability, is either really better than a good square/ruler, and sharp knife?



  • Member since
    May, 2011
  • From: Honolulu, Hawaii
Posted by Real G on Wednesday, October 12, 2016 10:24 PM

I cannot answer your first question, but the second one is a definite YES.  I bought a Chopper on the recommendation of my LHS (they probably just wanted to sell me something!), and have never regretted it.  I have had several projects that required repeated cuts, which would have made me pull my hair out if I had to squint, measure and cut over and over!

My attitude towards tools is that if they allow you to do something easier, they are worth it.

  • Member since
    September, 2012
Posted by GMorrison on Wednesday, October 12, 2016 11:08 PM

What, 10 bucks.?

im cheap I still have the original.

For a single cut, comparable to a hand held razor blade.

But where the chopper is best is when you need to cut a lot of pieces at the same length.

At a minimum put a piece of tape down on the bed anD mark the length of the piece to be cut.

Better, tape down a little stop and you can chop al day.

That the value of the chopper.

Mass production. All at a very precise length. 

  • Member since
    July, 2016
  • From: NYC
Posted by Johnny1000 on Thursday, October 13, 2016 11:08 AM
Thanks much, this is all very helpful. -J
  • Member since
    June, 2014
  • From: New Braunfels , Texas
Posted by Tanker - Builder on Monday, November 14, 2016 7:12 AM

Hi J;

    I had both " Choppers " .  I gave the one with the wood base to my son . Now mine is the " Chopper " with the heavier Aluminum base and arm . It looks kinda like cast iron . It's black and has one of those green " Self Healing " pads in the center all marked out in nice little squares .

     I like that one best .The other one was fairly new and the reason I got it was I chopped the original into kindling . I used it that much ! The thing is , They Both do the job and it really depends how much you use them . Remember , I do a lot of commission work ( well , Used to ). That put's a strain on anyone's tools .

     The heavier metal one was from a Sister in law who didn't know what to give the new addition to the family for Christmas . Great Sister in Law wouldn't you say ?    T.B.

  • Member since
    February, 2003
Posted by Jim Barton on Wednesday, December 07, 2016 3:44 PM

I bought a Chopper with the wood base at IPMS Orange County in 2007. It's one of those things I almost never use, but when I do want it...

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