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Many most likely have one already, but I just added these to my bench when I started the Link Belt HC-218 crane that is in the large trucks WIP section.  Found these at an antique shop.  One is a small size and the other is huge.  These paper cutters are sharp, quick, and accurate and are easy to cut multiple quantities of the same size piece. I had a newly made one but it could hardly handle three sheets of paper.  These old timers can cut 1/8” of plastic sheet without batting an eyeball! What a time saver!

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That is a nice heavy duty cutter. They sure don't make them like this anymore.  Cast (or forged) steel handle with replaceable blade.  No wonder it can cut through thick plastic.  I bet it would also cut aluminum sheets.

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Great tool!  

For thicker plastic.. the Evergreen we score and break, the grid on the bed will come in handy. True up the plastic against the top, and mark both edges at the cut mark using the increments engraved into the bed.  Then cut the piece with your eXacto against your metal ruler.

16 minutes ago, TarheelRick said:

these things are notorious for nicknames such as "three finger Louie"

These were actually banned at one large pharma I worked at!  We used the ones with the roller blade.  They were tossing one out one time and I grabbed it.  I had to do a minor repair but it's served me well for many years.. I cut mostly 60lb paper stock for my stamp collecting needs.

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34 minutes ago, TarheelRick said:

BTW, be sure to count your fingers after each use, these things are notorious for nicknames such as "three finger Louie"

That's what we called our machine shop teacher, Mr. Russo, whose first name just happened to be Louie. He was short two digits on his left hand after an accident on a multi-speed engine lathe.

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This sure is an oldie, as is it's little brother also shown here. Got both of them in an antique shop for $20 for the pair. With the scratchbuilding I do, it has become priceless. And, yup, it could make me into a three fingered Tom in a heartbeat! But I like my fingers attached to my hands, so I am VERY careful. And, yes it does cut sheet aluminum as well as brass. When I do thin brass and aluminum with it, I use a "cover sheet" which is just a heavy steel ruler, that I put over the part still on the cutting board, right up against the blade and hold pressure on it over the sheet. This helps me prevent curling of the edge of the cut. All in all a VERY handy tool

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I’ve used the same type of guillotine cutter for a long time too.  Never even come close to cutting anything other than the material intended to be cut!  Cutting tools of any kind are only as safe as you make them.  

Think safety at all times whether it’s an X-acto knife or a Dremel with a saw blade spinning at forty-bazillion RPM’s, treating them all like they’re going to bite you is a start.   You will only get bit when you’re either taking shortcuts, doing something stupid, or just plain let your guard down.  You’re the one with the brain, you have the ability to think; where any piece of machinery can do neither!  So plan your steps out ahead of time, it’s your responsibility to protect yourself.

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