Simple and basic but will cut through foam like its butter - no more mess.
Battery operated Hot Wire Cutter for cutting polystyrene foam or styrofoam. It comes complete with wire and only requires 2 x AA size batteries to be operated. (Batteries are not included) Can also be used with a 6 volt power pack.
The unit can be adjusted for cutting foam up to 60 mm thick and a throat size of 180mm.
Hot wire polystyrene cutters are used to contour polystyrene foam (styrofoam) into many different shapes. Model railroad builders shape foam landscapes, model aircraft builders use this also in construction. Many scratch modellers also use the hot wire cutting tool. Any one working with polystyrene or similar type foams will find many uses for this tool.
The ideal tool for making and shaping all those Christmas tree ornaments also very handy for your children's school projects.
You can search for "how to make a hot wire cutter" and realise that it's cheaper and easier to buy this inexpensive kit - and also a little less complicated as well.
A good tip for using this unit is to mount it in a vice (using soft jaws or wrap the cutter to protect it) and then feed your work through it. Much easier to handle this way and gives you a lot more freedom with your designs.
Also make sure wire is stetched tightly aound the ends - otherwise it wont cut.
Posted by David on 11th Apr 2013
I have tried out this hot wire cutter with polystyrene up to 25mm thick and it cuts very well. I agree with some previous reviewers that the enclosed instructions are inadequate and it would be helpful if the distributer included a half page instruction leaflet. One is not supposed to use alkaline batteries but such batteries are not always readily available. I found some reasonably priced Panasonic AA batteries at a cheap shop. The wire cutter heats quickly and is ready for use in seconds but there is no pilot light to indicate when the cutter is operative and it's easy to leave it on by mistake. Otherwise the cutter is fine and good value for money if used for things like making scenery for model railways.
Posted by Terry on 26th Mar 2013
Winding the wire onto the arms is pretty problematic. Works OK if you have some overlap on the windings. Nonetheless, it does the job, which is good value for the price.
Posted by Chuck on 26th Feb 2013
I just wanted a cheap cutter to do a little job i had and this product did the job no worries. only problem i had was getting the wire to connect and stay in place on the arms. problem solved by just using more wire haha so don't get caught out trying to use as little wire as possible LOL! hmm might have to put an order in for some spare wire! should of done it to start with Oh yes i agree with the other review instructions are #@*%
Posted by Patricia on 6th Oct 2012
It takes practice but it is easy to use and does the job really well. Felt the instructions lacked info as to how to attach the wire but once that was worked out it was fine.
Posted by Andrew Foy. on 24th Aug 2012
For someone who has never used a Hot wire foam cutter,this is the perfect model to begin with,it is fairly simple to set up and then start using.This would be perfect for all ages,under supervision and for small projects.When used with batteries it is quite slow but allows for better control.
For value for money and simplicity of use and set up I would highly recommend this product.