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PCB Board Cutter $50

Discussion in 'Product & Service Reviews' started by jpanhalt, Dec 18, 2012.

  1. jpanhalt

    jpanhalt Well-Known Member Most Helpful Member

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    On the Homebrew_PCBs group (Yahoo Groups), a member suggested a relatively new product for cutting PCBs. It is a Roberts Vinyl Tile Cutter (hecho en China) available at Home Depot. Here's a link:http://www.homedepot.com/h_d1/N-5yc...=-1&keyword=729019&storeId=10051#.UNDiTeS8muJ

    I got one, tried it, and can say it works -- at least initially. I cannot judge from the few tests I did how long the blade will last. It is considerably more sturdy than the typical, modern paper cutter, and the compound action of the blade reduces effort required. I cut some 1/16 FR4 with copper on one side. I also tried some .016 aluminum alloy (6061-T6) sheet, and it did fine with both. I can't tell with those tests whether copper on both sides would have torn from the substrate. That might be more of a problem as the blade wears.

    John
     
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    atferrari Well-Known Member

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    Some Spanish found its way here... :p
     
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    ronv Well-Known Member Most Helpful Member

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    Si. Externaliser.:D
     
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  5. finfertech

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    well, about the price, I hesitate
     
  6. QuietMan

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    Thanks guy, I've been looking for something like one of these for a while. They also have a slightly cheaper version in the website.

    We miss ya.
     
  7. QuietMan

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    I just bought one and tried it out.

    The blade is not flush with the bottom of the cutter. This does create some problems doing a smooth cut.

    Holding the work still is also a minor problem.

    Still, it is useable. I'll tweak it where I can.
     

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