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#1 SteelCityShoes

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Posted 01 December 2016 - 08:32 AM

What's your opinion on them? I've heard they can be really awkward to use and snatch a lot. Do they always do that or is it just initially like any new blade?

Steel ones don't seem to last long and we don't have the facilities to sharpen them, so I am considering carbide. But I don't want to order one for it to then sit in a drawer after a couple of uses.

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Posted 01 December 2016 - 09:33 AM

They are an acquired taste, we sell very few nowadays.



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Posted 01 December 2016 - 10:13 AM

My problem with steel is that while it will cut rubber, albeit slowly, for months, I never get more than 3-4 weeks before it just burns the leather.

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Posted 01 December 2016 - 10:40 AM

Really, where do you buy your cutters?  I've never known cutters to go 'off' as quick as that!  

 

What Leather do you use?

 

How much rubber do you trim?

 

Do you own a ranger?

 

I would suggest you take off as much material with knife/ranger and maybe scour smooth before trimming so that you are just 'finishing' the edge on the trimmer.

 

these measures will help extend the life of the cutter.


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#5 SteelCityShoes

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Posted 01 December 2016 - 12:22 PM

I order the 18mm trimmers from Birch.

Leather we use Gruben and JR, although the Gruben is definitely worse for burning so it could be partly down to the leather.

Rubber varies quite a lot. This morning I've put about 30ish pairs of rubber and 4 pairs of leathers through it.

My usual trimming goes ranger/knife -> 18mm trimmer -> mini band -> edge trimmers if needed.

Our edge trimmers supplied by Standard lasted years, although I just assumed that was down to them never removing much material and us having a power using with rotating head so the wear was spread. It's just the 18mm that wear out quick.

#6 keithm

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Posted 01 December 2016 - 01:34 PM

So you're talking about the 'Heel' trimmer?

 

A steel heel trimmer should cope with that.  Would you like to try one of our heel trimmers?

 

I'll PM you.



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Posted 05 December 2016 - 09:12 PM

For what it's worth, I'd just like to say how helpful Keith has been via PM. Above and beyond what I'd expect of anyone, nevermind a supplier or forum member.

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Posted 06 December 2016 - 10:08 AM

Thanks fella and a pleasure ;-) Good luck with the cutter.



#9 Bren

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Posted 01 June 2017 - 03:23 PM

For what it's worth, I'd just like to say how helpful Keith has been via PM. Above and beyond what I'd expect of anyone, nevermind a supplier or forum member.


I mistakenly got tungsten and realised as soon as I unpacked it and it sliced me finger. Sent it back and standard were brill.




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