Re: The Chopper

John Degnan <scaler187@...>

To stabilize the blade, the same method could be incorporated on a quality "Chopper" as that used on a printer's paper cutter - the blade is laminated between two sheets of steel that travel with the blade in the cutting step and also act as a 'press' that holds in place whatever is being cut. Once these steel sheets contact whatever is being cut, they stop their descent, but the blade (still prevented from flexing by the steel sheets) continues down to make the cut.

John Degnan

----- Original Message -----
From: lnbill
To: STMFC@...
Sent: Thursday, May 05, 2011 05:01 AM
Subject: [STMFC] The Chopper

The single edge razor blade should also be stabilized somehow also to prevent it from flexing.

Bill Welch

--- In STMFC@..., Andy Harman <gsgondola@...> wrote:
> At 03:24 PM 5/4/2011 -0700, you wrote:
> >to more American dollars being spent on foreign products. The NWSL Chopper
> >is made in America...the one MM sells is made, best guess, in China.
> Wherever it's made it can't be any worse than the Chopper. It's a piece of
> junk. Or at least the Chopper 1 and Chopper 3 are. The 2 is almost usable
> having an aluminum base. All are great ideas, but sloppily built and in
> the case of the 1 and the 3, very poor choice of materials. Way too much
> play in the cutting arm to get precise cuts, I can do better with a
> straightedge and a #11.
> No great love for MM, but if their chopper is better built, I'd try
> it. Never have seen it though. A precision guillotine type cutter where
> the blade comes straight down would be a very handy tool, without the pull
> distortion you get with a swiveling chopper if you cut anything more than
> about .050" wide.

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