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Thread: Could my rotary cutter be the problem?

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    Could my rotary cutter be the problem?

    I have gotten nicks in three blades in a row....with hardly any cutting. My husband suggested a problem with my mat, but there isn't anything there. I have not used pins, and yet, twice when I started up again, there has been a nick in my new blade. Could it be that when I close the cutter, something has nicked it?

    I have more blades, but I sure feel like I am wasting them. The last two blades cut wonderfully, and then suddenly they didn't anymore.

    Maybe I will just buy a new rotary cutter and that will solve my problem? This one, my only one, is about 3 years old.

    So, could my rotary cutter be the problem? Thanks for any help.

    Dina

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    For me, when this happens, it's because the blade ran up onto the top of the plastic ruler a tiny bit. Some of my rulers have little slivers taken out of them along the top edge, or (especially) at the bottom corner, where you first start to cut. Some of the corners are a bit nipped there. Dulls that part of the blade immediately, and it will skip cutting in that spot with every revolution.

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    I think JustAbitCrazy has given you the answer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JustAbitCrazy View Post
    For me, when this happens, it's because the blade ran up onto the top of the plastic ruler a tiny bit. Some of my rulers have little slivers taken out of them along the top edge, or (especially) at the bottom corner, where you first start to cut. Some of the corners are a bit nipped there. Dulls that part of the blade immediately, and it will skip cutting in that spot with every revolution.
    Okay, thanks. I will put a new blade in and use a different ruler!

    Dina

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    Oh, it's not a matter of the wrong ruler, it's just you have to be careful not to "cut" your ruler with the blade. This was a continual problem for me, and I have since trained myself to move the blade a sideways step (left--because I'm r handed) to butt up against the ruler, and not to approach the ruler with a forward rolling motion. hope I've explained that in a way which makes sense.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JustAbitCrazy View Post
    Oh, it's not a matter of the wrong ruler, it's just you have to be careful not to "cut" your ruler with the blade. This was a continual problem for me, and I have since trained myself to move the blade a sideways step (left--because I'm r handed) to butt up against the ruler, and not to approach the ruler with a forward rolling motion. hope I've explained that in a way which makes sense.
    Yes, this makes sense. Thanks a lot!

    Dina

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