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So cutting foam rubber isn’t your thing; still, you’ve got to love a tool that has counter-reciprocating blades. The counter-reciprocating action is supposed to cut down on vibration and noise and give you more control for precise cutting of all densities of foam rubber, plastic foams, and even carpet.

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Made in Germany, the 3.2A motor can produce 3,200 SPM (which I’m guessing means Strokes Per Minute) with no load. The tool operates with a long paddle-type switch and can be locked running. You can change the four different length blades without tools.

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It looks like it’ll cost you at least $320 to get your hands on this tool. Then you’ll have to drop at least another $15 to $30 on a 3″, 5″, 8″ or 12″ long blade and $40 to $70 on a corresponding blade guide because they’re sold separately. Also available is a $30 footplate with wheels so you can roll the tool without the blade guard scratching up your floor or workbench.

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9 Responses to It’s Just Cool: Counter-Reciprocating Blades

  1. Matt says:

    A $7 meat slicer from the mega store did the job when I needed to reshape the foam on my dirt bike seat.

  2. Angelbane says:

    Yea but trust me for anyone that has to cut more than 1 piece of foam a week this tool is SOOOO worth it … I used to have one (grew up in a interior design/upholstery store) and I really miss it when I need to make a replacement cushion or need to jury rig something out of larger than 1in foam.

  3. Melvin says:

    An electric bread knife makes a dandy low volume substitute for about a 1/10 the price.

  4. Bennicus says:

    Electric knife worked good for me for 3″ thick foam from IKEA. Maybe this tool is worth it for serious foam fabrication but you gotta love raiding the kitchen for a power tool.

  5. browndog77 says:

    I used to fabricate trailer doors for a fleet of reefers, & the door seals were foam encapsulated in rubber. I rigged up a custom miter-box to fit the corners, & for the cutter? Yep, an electric carving knife!

  6. Toolhearty says:

    Bennicus Says:
    …you gotta love raiding the kitchen for a power tool.

    Careful, some wives are pretty touchy about that.

    damhik

  7. Brau says:

    When you see one of these at work, you’ll see why an electric kitchen knife isn’t quite in the same league … but it will get you by … for about $3 at a thrift store.

  8. This is definitely a professional’s tool. I worked in a theater prop shop for years and they used a drawer-full of electric carving knives to cut foam and each and every knife had something wrong with it. Those knives aren’t meant to be used more than occassionally and after an hour of continuous work something would always go wrong. The folks doing this work (I stick to materials that are rigid) finally broke down and got one of these tools. Life changing. Quiet, fast, accurate, what’s not to love? And those double blades are freakish to watch operating!

  9. Dave says:

    Checkit:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jWrIdSLqgbU

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uT6ibnj7hPg (Not good example)

    Electric knife vs. pro tool: http://www.veoh.com/watch/v4336718AE72PQt
    (If the chick hadn’t cut retarded with the electric knife, it would have turned out good.)

    I’d say that if a DIY’er were just making some, say, patio furniture; go with an electric knife.

    Just my $.02,

    -Dave

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