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Do you have preferred sprue cutters?

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Do you have preferred sprue cutters?
Posted by skeletor on Sunday, September 17, 2017 11:17 PM

Hello All,

I wanted to check and see if anybody has a favourite type of sprue cutter they use, or if they know of a brand that is supposed to be the cadillac of sprue cutters.  The ones I have now are marginally better than wire snippers Embarrassed

Thanks.

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Posted by Retired In Kalifornia on Sunday, September 17, 2017 11:38 PM

Cheap pair of very small wire cutters, better than old scissors, use mostly for large sprues, big end of X-Acto #11 works most of time.

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Posted by SchattenSpartan on Sunday, September 17, 2017 11:38 PM

I have the expensive Tamiya ones (74035) and they're hands down one of my best tool purchases so far. They cut sprue gates like butter and keep their edge really well as long as you treat them well. Just don't cut anything other than plastic with them because that will damage them.

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Posted by Bish on Monday, September 18, 2017 4:26 AM

I have the Xuron ones, both the older set and new ones. Also went for their PE cutters. Love em.

 

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Posted by BlackSheepTwoOneFour on Monday, September 18, 2017 8:06 AM

When I first started models, my grandfather gave me a pair of small sharp pointed side wire snippers. I loved it so much because it lasted me a good 20 years until I went out and bought another of the exact type. I also have Testors brand sprue cutters as well.  I hardly use that one except for certain situations. 

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Posted by Don Stauffer on Monday, September 18, 2017 8:35 AM

I bought a pair at Hobby Lobby several months ago.  With the 40% off coupon they were quite cheap, but replaced the old pair I had been using for years.  The brand is apparently a house brand for HL.  I have discarded the blister pack they came in.  They had red plastic coated handle.  Quite small.  They do an excellent job. I found them in the beading and jewelry area, not the models section.

I occasionally wander through the whole store, to look at products that might be applicable to my modeling hobby.

 

Don Stauffer in Minnesota

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Posted by Jay Jay on Monday, September 18, 2017 9:07 AM

I bought a pair pricey of Xuron sprue cutters and they are a disappointment.  They work only a little better than the cheap ones I got at Wall Mart.  I expected the Xuron cutters to cleanly cut parts off the sprue but they still leave a little nub I have to sand off the parts, albeit the nub is smaller than the cheapies but still there.

 

 

 

 

 

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Posted by Putsie on Monday, September 18, 2017 9:14 AM

Like so many modelers, I have several pair of small "wire cutters".  I use tape, or paint, or something to mark the handles so that I use one pair for plastic, one pair for phot-etched brass.  I get quite a few years out of each pair and I always have a spare (in the wrapper) incase one of the older fail to provide the desired results.  For larger sprue I use a micro saw blade, like the xacto brand.  I also use the saw blade for sprue where there is little clearance between the tree and the part.  It is interesting how many items found in craft stores have application in model building.  I use a metal "thimble" on my support finger or thumb when "writtling" basswood or shaving contours.  Pushing the knife away from you is great for "gross forming" but I find the detailed work works better pulling toward and the thimble protects the exposed skin.

Have fun !

 

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Posted by gobobbie on Monday, September 18, 2017 10:44 AM
The thimble trick is awesome. Bob gregory Ruining one kit at a time
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Posted by Marcus McBean on Monday, September 18, 2017 1:50 PM

I have several types of cutters but the one I like is made by Xuron.  It was pricey but so far it does the best job.

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Posted by GMorrison on Monday, September 18, 2017 3:01 PM

I have some Xuron, a tweezer type, and a pair of good old drug store cuticle cutters with a square end jaw. All good. I've learned that it's often best to leave some stub on the part, and final sand or scrape it off later.

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Posted by modelmaker66 on Monday, September 18, 2017 4:40 PM
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Posted by Mopar Madness on Monday, September 18, 2017 4:45 PM

I use the Xuron 2175ET shears.  Quite happy.

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Posted by Real G on Monday, September 18, 2017 6:04 PM

I use these:

http://cs.finescale.com/fsm/tools_techniques_and_reference_materials/f/23/t/163607.aspx

I was able to source the God Hand cutter while visitng Japan last year, and it is better than the Volks cutter.  But I reach for the Xuron and Tamiya cutters first, using the more expensive Volks and God Hand cutters to either finish up or to get at sprue gates that the other cutters cannot.

https://flic.kr/p/YA23BS] [/url]God Hand Cutter by N.T. Izumi, on Flickr

While the Japanese cutters may seem outrageous in price, they can do things the regular types cannot.  For example, radial pushrods for an aircraft engine that are molded within a sprue ring are very hard to remove without distortion and damage.  The God Hand cutter easily separates the delicate pieces without any problems.

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Posted by JOE RIX on Monday, September 18, 2017 6:22 PM

I use Xuron cutters myself for plastic & PE. They have served me well.

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Posted by patrick206 on Monday, September 18, 2017 7:23 PM

I use the Xuron, it work very well for me. I routinely touch up the cutting surfaces with metal polishing tools I have, they are several years old and cut like always.

And I agree with GMorrison, I do prefer to cut not exactly at the sprue attach point, especially with clear bits. Works best for me to leave that little stub for hand dressing. If clear parts are cut really close, it can leave little stress fracture lines at the sprue spot.

A tiny, fine tooth and very sharp saw blade can work well too, in some awkward situations.

Patrick

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Posted by Watchmann on Tuesday, September 19, 2017 2:05 PM

I have a pair of Xuron that I purchased about five years ago.  This past spring, but got a pair of God Hands that Real G posted.  I now use my Xuron to trim my toe nails.

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Posted by GMorrison on Tuesday, September 19, 2017 4:14 PM

 

Left to right: Utica tweezer type, CVS cuticle clippers, Xuron, and Xuron knock-offs with angled jaws

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Posted by knox on Tuesday, September 19, 2017 7:18 PM

I bought the expensive Tamiya cutters on advise from a friend at my LHS.  I felt silly and a little selfish on the way home,  a feeling that evaporated the second I started using them. They are the best cutters I have ever used, and I will gladly pick another pair over a kit if I ever need to replace them.                                                                                  My friend also mentioned "Gods Hands" brand of cutters that are supposed to be even better than the Tamiya cutters with a price to match.  I will stick to the one I bought.                                                                                                            knox

 

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Posted by steve5 on Tuesday, September 19, 2017 10:03 PM

what are those tweezer's one's like gmorrison ?

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Posted by GMorrison on Wednesday, September 20, 2017 9:15 PM

Made by Utica. They have a straight square end. They are good for getting into tight spots.

I've kind of worn that collection out and need some new ones though, this thread has been very helpful.

I also have some bigger Xurons for cutting nickel silver railroad track.

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Posted by GMorrison on Wednesday, September 20, 2017 9:19 PM

Jesus save me, those God Hand cutters are really expensive. Like an airbrush.

Think I might have to try a pair.

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Posted by Watchmann on Thursday, September 21, 2017 6:01 PM

GMorrison

Jesus save me, those God Hand cutters are really expensive. Like an airbrush.

Think I might have to try a pair.

 

You're worth it. Smile

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Posted by Tanker - Builder on Friday, September 22, 2017 1:08 PM

Hi ;

 For most sprue cutting and parts separating jobs I now use a modified pair of light orchid covered cutters from H.L. . I found them in the beading department .They were cheaper than Xuron AND when they cut you get an absolutely flat surface on the part side . Weather it's P.E. Or plastic . 

   When I say modified them , I ground down the cutters from top to bottom making them thinner . I did it carefully watching the heat and got them so they actually can fit in between parts on an assembled model if needed . Or they can get between those pesky little spaces between parts and sprue on P.E. or again , Plastic .

 I have an unmodified pair of the same ones for cutting medium to soft brass wire as well .  T.B.

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Posted by Don Stauffer on Saturday, September 23, 2017 10:07 AM

Tanker - Builder

Hi ;

 For most sprue cutting and parts separating jobs I now use a modified pair of light orchid covered cutters from H.L. . I found them in the beading department .They were cheaper than Xuron AND when they cut you get an absolutely flat surface on the part side . Weather it's P.E. Or plastic . 

   When I say modified them , I ground down the cutters from top to bottom making them thinner . I did it carefully watching the heat and got them so they actually can fit in between parts on an assembled model if needed . Or they can get between those pesky little spaces between parts and sprue on P.E. or again , Plastic .

 I have an unmodified pair of the same ones for cutting medium to soft brass wire as well .  T.B.

 

Yep, those are the ones I was talking about earlier.  I was taking some pictures of completed models yesterday, and meant to take a picture of the cutters- dike style. I will still do that in a day or two.

 

Don Stauffer in Minnesota

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Posted by crazypat on Sunday, September 24, 2017 5:19 PM
i use the expensive tamiya ones once you have them you never look back. honestly they cut like a chainsaw through chocolate
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Posted by the Baron on Monday, September 25, 2017 5:04 PM

I use a smaller Xuron sprue cutter, which I picked up cheap at a woodworking show, of all places.  There's a vendor who sells odd lots of tools, and he had it up for a couple of bucks.

Back in the day, some modelers used nail clippers, the kind with long handles, like a wire cutter.  That's the second item from the left, in GM's photo above.

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Posted by JMorgan on Tuesday, September 26, 2017 3:23 PM

Xuron from Micromark is a good brand.

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Posted by skeletor on Tuesday, September 26, 2017 11:37 PM

Thank you all for the large number of responses to my original post.  I've been using Xuron cutters, but the Tamiya and God Hand cutters sound like nice toys to invest in at some point in the future.Big Smile

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Posted by Don Stauffer on Wednesday, September 27, 2017 3:43 PM

Okay, finally got a shot of the ones I bought at Hobby Lobby.  They were in the beading section, I believe, not in the models section.  The package had a brand name, but Hobby Lobby was immediately below the name, so I believe that brand name is a house brand.  While these are very similar to the diagonal cutters (dikes) used in electronic and electrical work, they are smaller than any I have ever seen or used before, so they get into tight sprues and make a very fine cut.  The bottom edge of the cutting blades is at a 90 degree angle, unlike some small dikes.

Sorry about the bad focus.  It was on auto focus and maybe a bit too close for that, or else I was too close for the near focus of the lens (this was not the macro lens I use photographing my models.

 

Don Stauffer in Minnesota

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