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Thread: Update on Harbor Freight blade problem

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    OK, I know this topic has been talked to death, but I wanted to share what I found out about the problem I was having with the blades. I ran out and bought a bunch of the blades (like so many quilters and sewers did) and couldn't get them to cut after the first try. I put them away and carried on. Finally, I started to use my rotary cutter with another blade and it wouldn't cut very well. To make a long story short, after checking some stuff out, I found out my cutting mat was shot. So, I bought a new one and low and behold, the Harbor Freight blades work great! So, if you are having trouble, check your mat, it might be the problem.

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    Glad that they are working for you!

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    Mine are ok

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    thanks for letting us know

    Quote Originally Posted by garysgal
    OK, I know this topic has been talked to death, but I wanted to share what I found out about the problem I was having with the blades. I ran out and bought a bunch of the blades (like so many quilters and sewers did) and couldn't get them to cut after the first try. I put them away and carried on. Finally, I started to use my rotary cutter with another blade and it wouldn't cut very well. To make a long story short, after checking some stuff out, I found out my cutting mat was shot. So, I bought a new one and low and behold, the Harbor Freight blades work great! So, if you are having trouble, check your mat, it might be the problem.

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    I had this problem had no idea that is what it was. The groves make it not work good.

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    I did not think of this! Thanks:)

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    thanks for the tip

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    Love my Harbor Freight blades!

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    Thanks. I had tried some and took them back because they cut so unevenly. Maybe I'll give them another try.

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    Yep I found that out too when I switched mats.

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    I bought a bunch of them. I do not use the rotary cutter that often but when I do they work well and so much cheaper than the ones sold at the craft stores.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sewnsewer2
    Yep I found that out too when I switched mats.
    Yep....me too!!! During the summer I would take a batch of fussy cut I Spy hexagons to my brothers pool and do my cutting while the kids were swimming. I was using a cheap little mat to cut on (it was easy to take with me because it was so small) and it seemed as if the first Harbor Freight blade that I used got dull almost right away.

    I was so disappointed because I had bought so many of them. Come to find out, it was actually the cheap mat!!! I started using my regular green mat and now my HF blades last a long time.

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    Great tip. So far I love the Harbor freight blades.

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    Thanks for this news. That may be why my new blades don't work.

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    Good to know :thumbup:

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    Using a worn out mat will blunt any blades.

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    Great tip, that could be my problem as well. Will have to put a new mat on my Christmas list.

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    I always take and spray my matts with WD40 and wash them in hot soapy water and brush it with a soft brush. It helps a lot to keep the matt supple and you get more life out of your blades and matt.

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    I've been using one for about 6 weeks and it doesn't seem to want to give "up"....still doing good...bought 2 packages that should last my life time LOL

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