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Old 12-01-2007, 03:48 PM
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Default Craftsman 6 1/8" twin cutter

A while back I bought a Craftsman 6 1/8" twin cutter, feeling it would be handy to have and to be able to get good quality cuts on bar stock, angles and pipe. Boy, was I wrong, it is cumbersome, hard to keep clean, and you can't really see where you are cutting, guards totally obscure your line of sight. It throws hot chips everywhere. The theory of the tool is twin cutters spinning in opposite directions, it is suppost to cut down on the kick back, and make it easiler to handle.

Pros

1 - cut quality is excellent

Cons

1 - Heavy
2 - Obscured vision on cut
3 - Hard to keep clean
4 - Blade are expensive
5 - Blade is only available from Sears
6 - Hots chips thrown everywhere
7 - Drive mechanism isn't very rugged
8 - Very awkward to reassemble after cleaning
9 - Blade dull easilly
10 - Saw kerf is almost 5/16"

All in all, it looked like a good idea on paper, but the final results, are not work the asking price of $170. I have much better luck with a 4 1/2" Metabo grinder and a .045" Walter Abrasive slicing wheel.

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Old 12-01-2007, 04:18 PM
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not sure how the prices compare, but HF has some replacement blades available.also not sure if they are compatible with your saw.


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they also have a single bladed saw that I am tempted to give a shot at... couldn't find it on the website though.
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Old 12-01-2007, 04:31 PM
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Jack,

Thank you for the very informative write up on the twin cutter. I have been kicking around the idea of getting one, but through your tested experience with this thing I have decided to opt for something else. It would be great if the tool performed like it was intended to. Another good point you brought up that I was not aware of is that the blades are only available from Sears.
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Old 12-01-2007, 05:21 PM
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I remember seeing those awhile ago and forgot all about them. good review..can somone let Bob Vila (aka 27 different ways to work an allen wrench guy) that this thing blows goats?
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Old 12-01-2007, 05:30 PM
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Never even heard of it....
Interesting concept, if Platy says it blows.... I'll take his word for it...
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Is this one of the "newer" ones?....as I seem to have read that they released a new version that addressed some of the issues they were having with them.
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Old 12-01-2007, 07:18 PM
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Is this one of the "newer" ones?....as I seem to have read that they released a new version that addressed some of the issues they were having with them.
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Yes, its one of the "newer ones", I'd hate to see one of the originals if this is the improved model.

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Old 12-01-2007, 10:36 PM
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Jack I have an older version of that and I like it for doing cuts in sheet metal , I do agree that it throws hot chips everywhere but it did the job I bought it to do and paid for itself a couple of times now . Dan
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