BEST rotary blades?

I am down to my very last pack of 45 rotary blades. A scary situation. It's
been a year, maybe two since we hunted down the best buy; seems like we
found it on ebay. As you would expect, I've changed my mind. This time, I
don't want cheapest; would like to try what's best. By best I may mean cuts
through more layers and/or lasts longer. On a scale of: dazzling, pretty
good and ho-hum - what are you using and how do you rate them? Polly
Reply to
Polly Esther
I get mine from Harbor Freight. Good cutting, last like they should. They are packaged as carpet cutting blades.
Ginger in CA
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Ginger in CA
Hey Ginger, Have you had any bad blades? Some of the HF blades one of my pals got were bad. Just cut terrible. Weird because the ones they got initially were great. Hopefully that was just an odd deal with a few bad blades. Taria
I get mine from Harbor Freight. Good cutting, last like they should. They are packaged as carpet cutting blades.
Ginger in CA
Reply to
Taria
Several years ago I happened to go to Harbor Freight when they were having = a HUGE sale and bought every one of their carpet cutting blades. I have en= ough carpet rotary blades for several lifetimes- and I'm still using the on= es I bought from Hancock's! I'd be honored to send you a package of the H= F blades to try them out. Otherwise, my sons will be selling them for a p= enny on the 75% off dollar when I'm gone..... LOL
Leslie & The Furbabies in MO.
's been a year, maybe two since we hunted down the best buy; seems like we = found it on ebay. As you would expect, I've changed my mind. This time, I d= on't want cheapest; would like to try what's best. By best I may mean cuts = through more layers and/or lasts longer. On a scale of: dazzling, pretty go= od and ho-hum - what are you using and how do you rate them? Polly
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Leslie & The Furbabies in MO.
Harbor Freight? Carpet cutting? What a neat idea. I absolutely have to be removed from that store. Not exactly a big spender in there but it is such fun to just see all the cool stuff. Polly
Several years ago I happened to go to Harbor Freight when they were having a HUGE sale and bought every one of their carpet cutting blades. I have enough carpet rotary blades for several lifetimes- and I'm still using the ones I bought from Hancock's! I'd be honored to send you a package of the HF blades to try them out. Otherwise, my sons will be selling them for a penny on the 75% off dollar when I'm gone..... LOL
Leslie & The Furbabies in MO.
Reply to
Polly Esther
I stick with the name brands (Olfa or Fiskars) and buy them in packages of five with a 40% off coupon at JoAnn's. I use mainly the 44 mm and save the 65 mm for extreme multiple layers. No matter the quality of the blade if you hit a pin or edge of the ruler there will be a nick in the blade that creates a skip ever after. Some gals treat themselves with a new hat or diamond jewels. I put a new blade in the rotary cutter and feel like a queen.
Susan
>I am down to my very last pack of 45 rotary blades. A scary situation. It's >been a year, maybe two since we hunted down the best buy; seems like we >found it on ebay. As you would expect, I've changed my mind. This time, I >don't want cheapest; would like to try what's best. By best I may mean cuts >through more layers and/or lasts longer. On a scale of: dazzling, pretty >good and ho-hum - what are you using and how do you rate them? Polly
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Susan Laity Price
Polly--
I bought an industrial-type cutter at a local hardware store. It's calle= d 'Zip snip', 'heavy-duty, self-sharpening cordless cutter', and it is the = coolest thing to use. (no affil.)I think I paid about $30--$35.00 US for it= . It's got a lithium battery and a plug-in charger.It's made with a little = shield that slides between blade and table, so the fabric lifts into the cu= tting area. I haven't tried it on small cuts, but for multiple thicknesses,= lonc runs of cuts, or heavy-duty fabrics, it's great. I was tearing my han= ds up trying to make cuts on old moving blankets, which have a lot of felt-= like stuff sandwiched between two layers.=20 I have a feeling the blade will out-last many a box of rotary cutters. Cea
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sewingbythecea
Polly, have you tried Kai blades? They're sold as Dritz in Joanns, and I really prefer them. You can also buy them as Kai.
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Kay Lancaster
Have you thought of buying a blade sharpener. I got one from the Grace Com= pany and no its not like the old blade sharpeners. Its called Tru-Cut. I = got it through Allbrands. So far it works well. I am still on the same bl= ade after sharpening it 3 times. Not affilated with either company just a = satisified customer.
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Kate T.
Kate, does the Tru-Cut "sharpen" out nicks in the rotary blade or are they = just a total loss when you run over a pin?
Leslie & The Furbabies in MO.
's been a year, maybe two since we hunted down the best buy; seems like we = found it on ebay. As you would expect, I've changed my mind. This time, I d= on't want cheapest; would like to try what's best. By best I may mean cuts = through more layers and/or lasts longer. On a scale of: dazzling, pretty go= od and ho-hum - what are you using and how do you rate them? Polly
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Leslie & The Furbabies in MO.
Wow, you guys are amazing. Never heard of Harbor Freight. Went to their website and there is one not 20 minutes down the road from me in sales tax free NH. Going to go there and check them out.
Reply to
deschuit
When you go, do schedule enough time to enjoy the whole store. You probably won't need a gel-cooled tractor seat but I did find some precious blinky lights for Yogi's night time important business walk collar and a thing to convert our flashlights from standard to LED. Polly
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Polly Esther
Kate, I would be afraid to even try one. When I was very small, I was sliced from wrist to elbow by a window pane falling out and crashing on me. I approach rotary blade handling with about the same caution Mr. Esther uses when a snake is invading the yard. ( He usually waits until an adult identifies and tends to the problem.) Polly
"Kate T." < Have you thought of buying a blade sharpener. I got one from the Grace Company and no its not like the old blade sharpeners. Its called Tru-Cut. I got it through Allbrands. So far it works well. I am still on the same blade after sharpening it 3 times. Not affilated with either company just a satisified customer.
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Polly Esther
Maybe it's time to write a codicil ( is that the word? sounds important.) to our wills. I don't give a happy hoot what our offspring do with grandma's silver but it would be so awful if my good stuff was bought by an estate dealer to buy for 1 cent and sell for big bucks. I don't mind them making a honest dollar but - please - not with my treasures. Polly
"Leslie & The Furbabies in MO."
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Polly Esther
SCORE ! maybe even Touchdown. I found the Dritz Kai blades for $ 2.12 each. I admit it took quite a bit of hunting but it makes me happy to have a stack of new blades on hand. We do want me to be happy. It's like having a new little box of 100 quilting sm needles. Here in The Swamp there is just no such thing as running to the store. Unless you have a need for hawg feed, of course. Polly
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Polly Esther
Well I've never run over a pin BUT I have some really dull blades, the kind= that skips as it cuts, well I used the grinding stones that are rough, fir= st, then I used the finer stones to finish off the blades. In a couple of = minutes I had sharp blades again. Grace Company has a video on their websit= e to demo the sharpener. They list the bundle of the sharpener along with a= rotary cutter for 89 dollars. I ordered just the sharpener from Albrands = for what 53 and change plus shipping and it came to about 66 dollars. It w= orks better than anything I've tried before.
Kate T. South Mississippi
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Kate T.

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