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I have just ordered a "Ruler Trimmer with Cutter" from The Works (UK) for £5. Here is a video of it at work:


Nick Hegarty, who made this video (and is supplying my Precise rubber) has recommended the Ruler Trimmer as being much, much safer and easier to use than a rotary cutter.

What do you think?

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Here in the USA I have seen them called a Quilting Ruler.....yes there very safe too use.....real spendy item tho...

My self for years have used a cutting mat a straight edge & rotary cutter....for very little invested..I only cut band sets as needed...2 sets a a session

so I really do n0t cut that many band sets.....May be a dozen in a years time.....as I also use tube's.....

Thanks for sharing your video....best too you my friend.....akaOldmiser
 

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Here in the USA I have seen them called a Quilting Ruler.....yes there very safe too use.....real spendy item tho...

My self for years have used a cutting mat a straight edge & rotary cutter....for very little invested..I only cut band sets as needed...2 sets a a session

so I really do n0t cut that many band sets.....May be a dozen in a years time.....as I also use tube's.....

Thanks for sharing your video....best too you my friend.....akaOldmiser
Thanks for your comments - This ruler trimmer costs £5 complete here, that is US$ 6.28, so it is much cheaper than a decent rotary cutter and heavy ruler.

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I think that font and color combo is super hard to read.
That ruler thing looks fine as long as it's really sharp. If a roller cutter is too dangerous, though, maybe you shouldn't be cutting your own bands anyway. ..
I agree with MJ. The font and color of your posts make them difficult to read,especially on a phone. I usually skip over them. I agree with MJ about cutter too.
 

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I think that font and color combo is super hard to read.
That ruler thing looks fine as long as it's really sharp. If a roller cutter is too dangerous, though, maybe you shouldn't be cutting your own bands anyway. ..
I agree with MJ. The font and color of your posts make them difficult to read,especially on a phone. I usually skip over them. I agree with MJ about cutter too.
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I think that font and color combo is super hard to read.
That ruler thing looks fine as long as it's really sharp. If a roller cutter is too dangerous, though, maybe you shouldn't be cutting your own bands anyway. ..
I agree with MJ. The font and color of your posts make them difficult to read,especially on a phone. I usually skip over them. I agree with MJ about cutter too.
Ok, I'll use default font and colour.

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I think that font and color combo is super hard to read.
That ruler thing looks fine as long as it's really sharp. If a roller cutter is too dangerous, though, maybe you shouldn't be cutting your own bands anyway. ..
I agree with MJ. The font and color of your posts make them difficult to read,especially on a phone. I usually skip over them. I agree with MJ about cutter too.
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OK, I'll use default font and colour.

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This is certainly "a way" to cut bands.

I've been happy aligning the latex and ruler on the factory marking of the cutting mat and cutting with a rotary cutter.

That does limit me to 1/8-inch increments, but that works for me.

This method allows me to cut butterfly bands as long as my mat and ruler.
 

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I don't think there is one "best" way to cut flat bands, just like there is no "best" way to attach bands to a slingshot or to actually shoot the slingshot. Find what works best for you and that is the "best" way. I use one of these nifty little chinese band cutting guides. If I shot long butterfly bands like kawkan, this tool probably would not be "best" for that style of band.

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The key issue when using roll-cutters is protecting the fingers pressing down on the ruler: standard thin office rulers are definitely not a good idea. Something similar to this safety ruler sold at Amazon is the best option:

https://www.amazon.com/Folding-Guard-Use-Stanley-Leather-Quilting/dp/B01HI8U6TQ/ref=pd_sim_79_1?_encoding=UTF8&pd_rd_i=B01HI8U6TQ&pd_rd_r=446ed920-ffec-11e8-b252-797d8085bc39&pd_rd_w=6ERVW&pd_rd_wg=LlyJ2&pf_rd_p=18bb0b78-4200-49b9-ac91-f141d61a1780&pf_rd_r=TNS6HQYVM8ECZ79PKPKV&psc=1&refRID=TNS6HQYVM8ECZ79PKPKV

Even just mounting a section of wood (an inch or so high) on whatever ruler, to prevent exposed fingers if the roll-cutter accidentally crosses the cutting edge, is better than nothing for those seeking the cheapest option.

A roll-cutter ensures a clean cut along the bands, which the cutting ruler may or may not achieve every time: I prefer the former.
 

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I've seen people use good sharp scissors with much success...

Me, I like to use a Guillotine paper cutter best. I've tried just about everything (except the laser) and always come back to the guillotine cutter. It's just a lot faster and easier to use than anything else I've used.

Plus, once the Zombie apocalypse happens... you've got real good knife/head basher when all else fails!
 

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