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Thread: Carpet Cutters for rotary cutters.

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    Gosh, Maybe I just need to buy a new rotary cutter. I bought some of the cheaper carpet cutter blades and mine are just awful. I bought 3- 2packs from Harbor Freight and they skip and won't cut. Do you all really think they are good. Like I said, my cutter is old. :thumbdown:

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    I like them. Granted every once in a great while I will get a blade that has a little nick in it and I just put duct tape around it and put it in my sharps disposable container. I figure for a buck or less, I am not losing any money. Don't give up on them just yet. You could have just gotten a bad package which I don't think happens too often.

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    Can't imagine the cutter itself is bad, it is the blade that cuts-could it be your board? I find that if I have even a little grit or anything on my board, it skips even with a new blade. I have an older (about 8 years) board and even though I clean it carefully, if I hit certain spots, my cutter skips. Sometimes, though, you can get a bad blade, I guess. I doubt they are manufactured to the highest standards that Olfa, Dritz, etc are.

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    I also found my problem was my board. Changed the board and the blades cut well.

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    I have found that sometimes it's not the blade but the cutting mat....mostly if I'm using the same area of the mat for most of my cuts. I either get a new mat, turn it over and use the back side or move to another area of the mat. Sometimes I also don't give it quite enough pressure. I have gotten brand name bad blades too, That really hurts at $5 a blade:) Besure you are cutting on a firm surface. One quilter I know was cutting using her mat on the carpet...Not firm enough for good cuts. Hope you find what works for you:)

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    You will find other threads on here about Harbor Freight cutting blades. There are different opinions. I bought 12 blades and not one would cut fabric. I have been using one to cut paper. Other people say they are the best thing going. I tried all of the tricks they suggested, cutting on a hard surface, new mat, cleaning off the oil, etc etc. If you do a search under Harbor Freight you will find every opinion/solution possible. Happy reading.

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    I have had great luck with mine :D:D:D

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    I love them. For sometimes less than a dollar just toss it, pop a new one in. My board is old too. I will rethink the blade I tossed. thanks

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    Mine seem to work fine so far.

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    I like them, sometimes they get dull a little quicker, but for that price, it's still a good deal!

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    I just got a cpl from my board sista and they work just fine! Sorry your r giving u trouble!!

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    No problem with mine. I just finished cutting out and trimming my Log Cabin blocks for my watermelon quilt and no problems. Sometimes I cut out 6 layers of fabric that were 2" x WOF then cut down to sizes needed.
    I have used the 10" mark on my mat alot to cut on and I had to change cutting spots as no blade will cut well in the groove on the 10" mark. Other than that, no problem.

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    Another "yes!" vote! So nice to be able to change a blade more often without worrying about the cost!

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    Yup, been using them for a year and they work for me. :-D

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    I ruined my cutting board by not holding my cutter straight up & down. Holding it just a little slant can cut into the board. Don`t know if this has anything to do with how long the blades last.

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    Thanks all for responding. It very well could be my board. It is a June Tailor and pretty rough in spots. Will try the other side or get a new board. Thanks again.

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    I just took the plunge and bought some Harbor Freight blades. I can't wait to try them!

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    I've been lucky and had good results with the HF blades. At the suggestion of someone on the Board I also tried HF earplugs before investing in the real Pinmoors. So far so good there too.

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    I have had good luck with them too. They are so much cheaper.

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    Quote Originally Posted by manley
    Thanks all for responding. It very well could be my board. It is a June Tailor and pretty rough in spots. Will try the other side or get a new board. Thanks again.
    You know, it could be your board. I found that my Fiskars cutting mat dulled my omni blades really, really quickly. You can imagine why I got excited about that. But, with my omni board the HF blades have really worked well. I have 3 different size omni boards and cut on all of them. I plan to use my Fiskars board for other crafts. :-D

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    Never had a problem with my HF blades.....check your cutting mat.

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    Quote Originally Posted by manley
    Gosh, Maybe I just need to buy a new rotary cutter. I bought some of the cheaper carpet cutter blades and mine are just awful. I bought 3- 2packs from Harbor Freight and they skip and won't cut. Do you all really think they are good. Like I said, my cutter is old. :thumbdown:
    I've had really good luck with the ones I've bought.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lady Crafter
    I just took the plunge and bought some Harbor Freight blades. I can't wait to try them!
    Me too. Mine should arrive shortly.

    Thanks everyone for the tips on the cutting mat. I have to admit I've made mistakes and have damaged one mat already.

    By the way what is the preferred mat brand?

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    I had the same problem, purchased 10 packs of 2 cutters and am now taking them back! They were horrible, and greasy when I open the package!

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    I have been a member since 11/10.
    What did I miss about carpet cutters?
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